On March 25, Triple H announced his retirement from wrestling after dealing with a viral pneumonia. He has a defibrillator in his chest and won't be able to actively compete in the ring again.
In his full conversation with Stephen A. Smith on Stephen A's World, Triple H revealed that there were plans in place for him to compete at WrestleMania 38 before his health scare.
"I was already at a place in my career, as far as the in-ring goes, where I was comfortable being done and finished. If the right thing came along, I hadn't really said much, but if the right thing came along and they wanted me to do it...I had a conversation with Vince McMahon about doing something at WrestleMania this year in Dallas. We had talked about and there were plans for. Obviously, when this happened, it shut all that down. As far as the schedule, WWE is an intense place, it's 24/7 and you're running, running, running. It put things in perspective for me," he said.
He did not give what the exact plans for WrestleMania 38 were.
When asked what his future is in wrestling, Triple H revealed that he is back in the office and now focused on finding the next WWE superstar.
"My foot is not off the gas. In some manner, I have to step back a little bit, I'm still in recovery and my endurance is not quite what it used to be before. I'm back in the office. I'm fully focused on recruiting and developing our talent for the future. Whether that's at the Performance Center, finding the next young stud that's out there, male or female, Gable Steveson, two-time NCAA Champion, Gold Medal at the Olympics, his next step is with WWE. With us, it's finding that and creating that future. That's the biggest focus for me. As we move forward from there, it's making sure WWE is a success for generations to come," he said.
Triple H ran NXT before his health scare forced him to step away. He is currently the WWE Executive Vice President, Global Talent Strategy & Development.
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