Triple H’s Struggle With Injuries
No athlete is truly tested until they’ve stared an injury in the face and come out on the other side stronger than ever. They say that injuries are the best teachers and they change you as healing is not just a process of recovery but also a process of discovery. In the world of pro-wrestling, there are various instances that saw athletes go down with injuries. Every professional or impact sport has its own list of legendary figures. Many of whom sustained career threatening injuries while many others fought their battles to rise above them. Professional wrestling has a long list of wrestlers (also referred to as Superstars) who altered their careers and lives just to entertain people around the world. Just like glory doesn't come without paying a price, pain doesn't go without paying one either. Precautions need to be taken to avoid them and remedies must be devised to overcome them. With decorated careers and outstanding performances, the world has seen a number of exceptional athletes and sportsmen - Triple H is one name.
Write injuries in dust. Benefits in marble.— Benjamin Franklin.
About Triple H:
Real Name: Paul Michael Levesque.
- The Game
- The King of Kings
- The Cerebral Assassin
Date of Birth: 27-Jul-1969.
Height: 6 ft. 4 in (1.93 m).
Weight: 255 Pounds.
Billed From: Greenwich, Connecticut.
Named by Pro Wrestling Illustrated as ‘Wrestler of the Decade (2000–2009), Triple H has been an eminent personality and an exceptional athlete in the world of sports entertainment and beyond the ring as well.
He started his wrestling career after training at Killer Kowalski's school in Malden, Massachusetts. He made his professional wrestling debut on March 24, 1992 performing as Terra Ryzing at Killer Kowalski's promotion, the International Wrestling Federation (IWF). In early 1994, he signed a one-year contract with World Championship Wrestling (WCW) but left the very next year when his request to be promoted as a singles competitor was turned down by WCW. He made his WWE debut on the April 30, 1995 episode of Wrestling Challenge and went on to become one of the most decorated in-ring performers of the squared-circle. He broke records and won multiple championships that include 14 World Championships, 2 Royal Rumbles and 1 King of the Ring tournament as well.
Triple H on Evolution
"You see, in this industry just like in life, everything evolves".
Being one of the most decorated in-ring performers doesn’t come without paying a price. With an outstanding career span of almost 3 decades, Triple H has had a number of career threatening injuries, some of which are listed as follows:
A tear in his left quadriceps muscle.
Minor neck problems.
A torn right quadriceps.
Torn pectoral muscle.
Pain is temporary. Quitting lasts forever.— Lance Armstrong.
There are so many other athletes and sportsmen who have a great deal of respect for Triple H and his in-ring abilities. He is known to be one of the toughest guys who came out on top despite every obstacle placed in front of them. His toughness can be apprehended by the fact that he suffered injuries during his matches and was able to complete those matches.
I’ve always loved working with Triple H…. He’s one of the true ring generals in the business.— “Stone Cold” Steve Austin.
He’s the epitome of what this business is about.— Randy Orton.
Everybody got their gifts and professional wrestling is Hunter’s gift.— Dave Batista.
He’s as good as anyone who ever laced a pair of boots. He’ll be very well remembered when this is all set and done.— William Regal.
WWE Crown Jewel:
At WWE Crown Jewel event in Saudi Arabia held on November 02, 2018, Triple H and Shawn Michaels (D-Generation X) took on the team of The Undertake and Kane (The Brothers of Destruction). The match was historic in every manner ever since it was made official. This match marked the first time ever for both teams to face each other in a tag team wrestling bout. This also marked Shawn Michaels first match after coming out of retirement after almost 8 years. DX came out on top by defeating the Brothers of Destruction in their first ever tag team face-off. During the match, Triple H was legitimately injured as he suffered a torn right-side pectoral muscle.
Triple H revealed the brutal damage of his torn pectoral muscle as he prepared to undergo surgery to repair the damage to his right pectoral muscle via Instagram & Twitter.
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Triple H underwent successful surgery on November 7 to repair his most recently torn pectoral muscle under the medical care of Dr. Dugas and his team.
Triple H wrote:
"Out of surgery, happy to report all is well. Thanks to excellent medical care of Dr. Dugas and his team and all the well wishes, messages, tweets, and texts I got over the weekend.
Road to recovery starts... NOW. #GameTime".
Injury makes the comeback sweeter and the comeback is always resilient than the setback. Previously when he got injured, he was told that there’s never been anybody in the professional sport or an impact sport to come back from an injury that bad. According to his wife Stephanie McMahon, he was so incredibly driven that he moved to the state of Alabama to rehab. This strong mindset of rehab and training precariously led to his returns that turned out to be more and more triumphant every time he came back.
One of his most famous returns was on January 7, 2002 at Madison Square Garden:
- Triple H's game-changing returns | WWE
"It's time to play The Game!" Relive all of Triple H's most unexpected, arena-shaking returns.
Triple H has a very strong approach towards muscle endurance and strength training which ultimately has become one of his strongest tools in increasing strength and building muscles. This super-dedicated mindset has helped him overcome the brutality of the sport and gain insurmountable respect in the wrestling industry.
Although the timeframe of his in-ring return is unknown but the cerebral assassin resumed work mere days later, when he was seen unveiling the brand new NXT UK Women’s Title alongside Johnny Saint (General Manager of NXT's United Kingdom brand).
Triple H has been commended for his heel persona and has been widely considered to be one of the greatest wrestlers of all time. He has been praised for helping cultivate the wrestling industry, recruiting fresh new talent and helping guide the wrestling business to various levels of success including sold-out shows, increased respect for women's wrestling, and international expansion as well. With all his accolades and accomplishments, he has established himself as the benchmark for WWE Superstars. He has been known for his brilliant performances and accomplishments inside the squared-circle but he has also been praised for being a wonderful mentor and friend as well.
Appreciating the amount of effort he puts into work, his colleagues and peers value his contributions and the struggles he went through in building his legacy.
In a very insensitive business, he is a very sensitive guy.— “The Nature Boy” Ric Flair.
It’s been a pleasure competing against him. It’s been a pleasure being his friend.— The Undertaker.
Triple H’s struggle with injuries and coming out stronger than ever makes us believe that one should never let a stumble in the road be the end of the journey because for the brave, pain and injury are acceptable but quitting is not. Perhaps, wrestling would not be what it is today without this man and his contributions to the sport.
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