Triple H is widely known as one of the greatest professional wrestlers of all time. Even after he became the executive vice president for Talent Relations and head of creative for WWE, he would still come back to the ring from time to time. Now as the leader of WWE’s creative direction, he had to retire due to a cardiac issue, he had to retire from the ring. Sadly, that mean a huge WrestleMania 39 match was nixed.

Everything changed when The Game announced his retirement from wrestling due to his heart condition. On the second night of WrestleMania 38, he appeared on the show as the COO of WWE and left a microphone and his wrestling boots in the ring as a symbol of his retirement from the industry.

It turns out that had Triple H not retired, he would have competed at that event. During an interview with Ariel Helwani of BT Sports, Triple H revealed that he had in-ring plans for WrestleMania 38 with Gable Steveson.

“Being back at WrestleMania, coming back, engaging back into it was awesome and amazing. So I have a defibrillator in my chest which is clearly why I am not wrestling, and why I would never wrestle again. A lot of people ask me ‘Was I upset about that?’ The answer is no.


“There was a plan for me to do something at WrestleMania that we had talked about. I was going to do something with Gable Steveson, and try to get him launched and get him going.”

Unfortunately, this couldn’t happen because of Triple H’s heart condition. The Cerebral Assassin also said he wanted the ‘Super Real’ promos out of Matt Riddle and Seth Rollins feud.

It’s unclear what WWE is doing with Gable Steveson at this juncture as well. Ringside News exclusive reported that Steveson’s name was not included on a list of names for creative to pitch ideas for.

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Rayan Sayyed

Rayan Sayyed is a reporter for Ringside News who covers news stories related to the squared circle and beyond. You can reach out to him with any news tips or queries on Twitter @rayanaver or email him at

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