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Stephanie McMahon steps down from WWE role

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Stephanie McMahon is temporarily stepping down from her role as WWE Chief Brand Officer to spend more time with her family.

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The fighter-turned-businesswoman, 45, confirmed the news in a statement on Thursday, revealing that she was taking a leave of absence from the company.

“As of tomorrow, I’m taking time off from the majority of my WWE responsibilities,” she explained.

“WWE is a lifelong legacy for me and I look forward to returning to the company I love after taking this time to focus on my family.”

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The news comes after her husband, wrestler Triple H, real name Paul Levesque, suffered a serious health crisis in September and subsequently retired from the ring.

Triple H, 52, suffered heart failure in September after contracting viral pneumonia, and later confirmed he would not play again.

The veteran star told ESPN’s ‘First Take’, “I will never wrestle again. First of all, I have a defibrillator in my chest, which, you know, is probably not a good idea for me to be zapped on live TV.

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“I had viral pneumonia. My lungs were inflamed and over the next few days when I got home it got worse. My wife saw blood and stuff I was coughing up and went to get checked out.

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The 14-time world champion added: “I was nose diving and kind of at the one meter line of where you don’t really want to be, for your family and your future.

“There are times in there where they kick you out for stuff and you think, ‘Is that it? Do you wake up from this? It’s hard to swallow and it makes you think differently.

Stephanie McMahon is WWE royalty – she is the daughter of Chairman and CEO Vince McMahon and great-granddaughter of founder Roderick ‘Jess’ McMahon.

She began her wrestling career in 1999 and had a storyline that involved getting engaged to Triple H on screen before marrying him in real life.

As her career progressed, she continued to make television appearances for WWE and in 2013 she was promoted to a new role as Chief Brand Officer.

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