Two of Triple H’s closest friends, Ric Flair and Shawn Michaels, were in retirement matches at Wrestlemania and weighed in on Hunter’s possible retirement in a new piece on dot com. Below is an excerpt:
“[At WrestleMania XXIV], the cards were dealt,” Flair explained, thinking back on his own legacy as Triple H’s career hangs in the balance. “I was nowhere near the level of ability as Shawn Michaels that night, and I don’t think anybody expected me to be. But I walked out of there a very proud man. It was sad to leave, but I was very proud.”
“Triple H is a student of this business and has studied and has loved it since he was a young man, and it’s reflected in who he is. And I think he needs to stay active and keep contributing in the ring. He can’t stay backstage or in the office. He’ll get bored with that real fast.”
“Everything I did in the ring that night was moment by moment, second to second,” The Showstopper said in a phone interview. “You know, I think I was in a position that many people aren’t in. And I was very content with where I was at. Afterward, I was so proud of the match, that I was able to focus more on that than the idea that my career was over. And I was overjoyed that I was now at a place where I was going to be with my family on a regular basis. As much as I loved my life in WWE and still do, I was ready.”
“I certainly believe that he’s got plenty of other responsibilities that would keep him busy,” said Michaels, Triple H’s “Kliq” cohort. “I think he would be content. He’s always had a level head on his shoulders — more so than me — so from that standpoint, I think he would. Could he say, ‘absolutely no more, not even here and there’? I don’t know. I think that’s always the million-dollar question for all of us.”
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