Paul “Triple H” Levesque is widely regarded as one of the most beloved professional wrestlers of all time. Unlike his counterparts who have achieved notoriety at WCW, TNA and AEW – Levesque is synonymous with the WWE brand.
On Wednesday, a troubling report regarding Levesque’s health emerged.
According to a statement released by the WWE, Levesque suffered a “cardiac event” that required immediate surgery.
“Paul Levesque, a.k.a. Triple H, underwent a successful procedure last week at Yale New Haven Hospital following a cardiac event,” the statement read. “The episode was caused by a genetic heart issue and Paul is expected to make a full recovery.”
While it remains unclear what “genetic heart issue” led to this situation arising, Levesque’s scare was eerily reminiscent of other similarly terrifying stories involving pro wrestlers that didn’t have as happy of an ending.
Jake Paul won twice last night. https://t.co/hwq8OroRtW
— Game 7 (@game7__) August 30, 2021
Eddie Guerrero famously died as a result of acute heart failure due to underlying atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease back in 2005. Because of the conditions pro wrestlers put their bodies under, and the substances they often consume, heart issues are increasingly prevalent and common concern.
This has been an eventful year for pro wrestling. Between one star coming out as trans and another baring it all social clout – the WWE has frequently found itself in the headlines. Obviously this incident is far more serious than the aforementioned ones, though.
Whatever the true cause of Levesque’s health issues, hopefully he gets it sorted ASAP.
A longtime sports reporter, Carlos Garcia has written about some of the biggest and most notable athletic events of the last 5 years. He has been credentialed to cover MLS, NBA and MLB games all over the United States. His work has been published on Fox Sports, Bleacher Report, AOL and the Washington Post.