Mark Henry Talks Hanging Up On Vince McMahon, His WWE Future, How He Wants To Be Remembered, More

As famous, WWE confirmed at present that Mark Henry might be inducted into the WWE Corridor of Fame throughout WrestleMania 34 Weekend in New Orleans. Henry spoke with USA In the present day’s “For The Win” weblog at this link. Beneath are highlights from the interview:

When did you get the decision that you just had been going into the Corridor of Fame?

It was a short time again. I used to be in Los Angeles with the powers that be… it was simply an awesome feeling, you already know? My face received scorching. A few tears fell, and also you felt like, immediately, the entire ache and torment that you just put your physique by way of, the sacrifices that you just made – they had been price it. It paid all of it off.

How did your first dialog with Vince McMahon go?

Effectively the primary dialog I had, I assumed it was one in all my buddies enjoying a joke on me and I hung up on him. And my supervisor on the time referred to as me again and stated ‘hey, I simply had Vince McMahon name you and he stated you hung up!’ And I used to be like ‘that was Vince McMahon for actual!?’

I felt so dumb. Right here he’s, some of the influential folks within the wrestling trade calls you and also you cling up on him pondering it was a joke. Ultimately I referred to as again and I stated ‘hey, I hope you perceive, I assumed it was anyone enjoying a joke on me.’ And he stated ‘don’t be concerned about it, I am glad I may get you again on the cellphone.’ He was like ‘I need you to return to Connecticut and see how we do issues up right here.’

I stated ‘am I going to get to satisfy The Undertaker?’ You understand, I used to be such a fan, I simply wished to satisfy all people. That was actually my major factor for happening there as a result of I wished to see the celebs. I wished to see the superstars.

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When WWE followers are reminiscing about Mark Henry in 20 years, what do you hope they will bear in mind you for?

I positively hope they bear in mind the power aspect, however greater than something I might say bear in mind the truth that I used to be not egocentric. That I used to be in a position to share not solely my time, however I taught the long run. There’s quite a lot of guys on this enterprise, you may go into that locker room proper now and I assure you I had an affect on greater than half, as a result of I attempted to. It was intentional. That’s one thing that I cling my hat on. … I used my celeb to endorse and assist different folks [and work with] quite a lot of the charities. No person may ever say Mark Henry stated ‘no.’ As a result of I attempted to assist as many individuals as I may my whole profession, and I used to be glad to take action.

You’ve got stated that you just aren’t absolutely retired, however we final noticed you within the ring at WrestleMania 33. When did you determine it was time to step away?

You understand what, I noticed a match – and I all the time examine my matches. I all the time see what I did incorrect, what I may do higher. I used to be watching and there have been issues that I did that weren’t as much as the usual that I assumed they need to have been. And quite a lot of that… I believe a few of it was age, a few of it was the truth that I had some pre-existing accidents that I actually could not do all of the issues that I may do. And I did not need the followers to recollect me being injured and being a shell of my former self.

I need folks, after they bear in mind me, to consider the Corridor of Ache, after I was catching guys, 275 kilos. Choosing up Massive Present, near 500 kilos, over my head and driving him by way of a desk. And selecting up Kane, 320 kilos and slamming him by way of tables. And leaping off the highest rope to the ring and leaping out of the ring to the ground and splashing Kurt Angle. I wished folks to recollect me at my best. Round 2015, I began to see my abilities diminish. It occurs to all people. Father Time is undefeated. He’s gonna win each time, and I noticed him catching me.

What’s subsequent for Mark Henry? What are some stuff you’d love to do sooner or later?

Roddy Piper and The Rock and Batista have set the usual for guys that go into performing, and already I’ve performed a pair issues. I’ve performed a present, I am on a cartoon on Disney [Pickle and Peanut], I am doing voice performing. I simply completed a present on HBO that ought to come out in June. I’ve a radio present on SiriusXM 93 on Mondays and Fridays.

I am staying busy. I by no means in my profession did appearances, like the place you go and signal autographs and also you do the comic-cons and all of that stuff, as a result of I wished after I stopped wrestling to go and do this stuff and have it actually imply one thing to anyone, that it hadn’t been watered down. So I am doing a few of that stuff now. I am actually having fun with myself, I am assembly lots of people that I most likely would have by no means gotten the chance to satisfy.

Supply: USA Today