Legendary professional wrestler Paul Levesque (a.k.a. Triple H) announced he is retiring from wrestling. Fans will recall WWE announced in September 2021 that Triple H needed a “procedure” after experiencing a cardiac event. While expected to make a full recovery, Levesque told ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith that it was the heart issue that forced him to step away from in-ring competition.

“I will never wrestle again,” he said. “First of all, I have a defibrillator in my chest, which, you know, probably not a good idea for me to get zapped on live TV.”

He told ESPN’s Smith that his lungs were inflamed and when he got home his wife, Stephanie McMahon, noticed he was coughing up blood. Levesque said he was suffering from viral pneumonia. He also had some fluid in his lungs and around his heart. Levesque revealed he was “in heart failure.”

Triple H is a nine-time WWE Champion and five-time Intercontinental Champion. He won the King of the Ring in 1997 and the Royal Rumble in 2002 and 2016. He was also the leader of D-Generation X.