AEW’s Mark Henry is the guest on this week’s “Talk Is Jericho” to talk about joining the broadcast team on AEW Rampage, what he hopes to accomplish, his departure from WWE, his WrestleMania moment with The Undertaker, how the Hall Of Pain character was born, the in-ring pulled on him by Vince McMahon and more.
Here are some highlights:
Henry on when he knew it was time to leave WWE:
“I want to be an executive. I know enough about this business and every facet of it. There were people that were in jobs in talent development, people in jobs in talent relations, and people in jobs that were in corporate that I knew the business better than them, and I had a way of fostering relationships. That’s been the number one thing that I’ve been able to accomplish in my life more than anything else is I foster good relationships with people.
People realize I’m not a screw up. I’m going to do stuff that is going to be well thought out and is going to benefit kids because that’s where my heart is. I want kids to have experiences. The WWE was not at a place where they wanted to hire me for that. I asked. I wrote it up. I spent months putting together a two year plan of events. I was like, ‘What else can I do?’ I called and said, ‘I’m going to start looking for work because I know what I can do well, and I don’t feel like I’m valued in that capacity.’
When I got the no, it didn’t come from Vince or Brad Blum, it came from Johnny, who is an employee. It’s not his place to tell me no. If the dude has got delegated to somebody that is not their job to tell me, then it’s over. You have to know when the door has been closed.”
Henry talking about how he wants to bring community awareness to AEW:
“In September, we’re going to New York to Arthur Ashe Stadium. New York is in my stomping grounds. I have a place in Harlem. I love the community activism and involvement that we’re going to do in New York. It’s going to make people pay attention to AEW because the relationships that I talk about fostering are with big companies, Fortune 500 companies. I know guys that are running things. They are the movers and the shakers. When I was with WWE, I did stuff for them without getting paid to do it. I’m fostering these relationships like, ‘Oh yea, we’re coming here. You should bring your family and meet the guys.’ All of a sudden, there’s a relationship, a business relationship that got fostered. I never got an ‘atta boy’, ‘thanks for bringing them in’, or anything. That’s all I wanted. I just wanted to be respected and honored for what I brought to the table.”