Triple H said goodbye to the WWE Universe to kick off the second night of WrestleMania.
The game received a monstrous pop as its music blared through the packed AT&T Stadium and the 14-time world champion clearly savored the moment as he engaged with the fans.
The atmosphere was reminiscent of his legendary return to Madison Square Garden in 2002, but this time it wasn’t a return. Instead, the game was over as Triple H put his boots down in the middle of the ring.
Triple H took the mic, thanked the fans, and said he wanted to do it the only way he knew how — by welcoming them to WrestleMania.
In March, Triple H admitted his in-ring days were over after suffering a cardiac event last year.
“As far as the ring…I’m done,” he said during an appearance on ESPN’s Stephen A.’s World. “I will never wrestle again.”
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He added: “First of all, I have a defibrillator in my chest. It’s probably not a good idea for me to get zapped on live TV.
“I had viral pneumonia. My lungs were inflamed. As the following days progressed, when I returned home, the situation got worse and worse. My wife saw blood and stuff I was coughing up. I went and was checked; It was from viral pneumonia but I had fluid in my lungs. I had fluid in my heart.
“The way your heart pumps, 55-65% of your ejection fraction is a good number. I was 30,” he explained. “I got a quick text saying ‘Don’t take time, pack a bag real quick, head to the emergency room, I’ll fill you in on the way, I was in heart failure, bad.
The Game hugged his three daughters who were watching from the ring and walked up the ramp to make his exit.
The crowd gave the legendary performer the farewell he deserves and his work will continue behind the scenes.