Henry said the following about the Ryback-AEW rumors: “I hope that the good ol’ folks at AEW sees the snake in the woodpile and says, ‘No thank you,’ because you can say whatever you want, but you have to believe somebody when they say with their own words how they feel. There’s another WWE legend that had to live with the fans and the talent not respecting them like they used to. I think this is the same category that he’s going to be in. Nobody is going to look at him and go, ‘He was just joshing like he said.’ He talked about the sympathy plea in the second section of his rebuttal. He said, ‘Oh, my back is so jacked up and I’m hurt. I had to step away from the business and I can’t do what I used to do.’ Yada, Yada, Yada. There’s no sympathy there. We all hurt. We all sacrificed our bodies but the one thing we all didn’t do is we didn’t attack the business. We didn’t say that the business is fake, in those words. We know that it’s scripted. This is a lot of work that goes into your craft to make it so good that people don’t care about it being scripted. They want to see great performances. They want to be put in suspended belief and when you say titles are a prop, you mean to tell me that Tony Khan is going to stand there and say, ‘Oh yea, come on over. Come on and hold our prop up.’ Brodie Lee didn’t win anything. I know fishing when I see it. You think Tony Khan doesn’t know fishing when he sees it. You think that’s going to boost the ratings. Let me tell you what that’s going to do. That’s going to make the real fan go, ‘Damn. Is the money that important?’ That’s what it’s going to do. From comments from other wrestlers that have basically taken my side and said what they said about me that’s there, I doubt it. If it happens, I’m not going to boycott watching AEW. I wouldn’t do that, but I’m going to tell you what. I would think differently about the people that’s involved. I would think that maybe I’m the only one who’s sentimental about something that I love like the fans are.”
Henry was asked if Ryback was hired by AEW, would you see it (saying he wants to go to WWE’s competition and beat WWE in the ratings) as a reward for him posting that and it going viral: “I would think that and I would regret even mentioning him at that point. I would feel like I have as big a part of getting him there as he did. In pro wrestling, people have done that. Real life angles have turned into TV angles. This one won’t because I told you last week I was through with it. Now I’m done with it because I am giving life to a situation that is already dead to me. If I went through my phone, I wouldn’t do that because there have been the highest level wrestlers of all time, some of them have reached out to me and said, ‘You were right man. Thank you for standing up for us.’
Some of the stuff, you would laugh your a*s off. But, you know what, go and peddle your testosterone enhancers and all of that stuff when the real world knows that the only way you get it like that is if you take as many science project syringes and stick them in yourself…I feel bad for wrestling because I love wrestling like I love my family. I love my family. You’re not allowed to talk about my children. You’re not allowed to talk about my wife. I just can’t allow that. I’ll take whatever heat, whatever flack, or whatever you want to call it, but I’m willing to accept that. I don’t want to give life to it no more so this is the last day that I’m going to talk about it because I think it’s a waste of my energy and a waste of my time. I just hope that the good ol’ folks at AEW and Impact and all the companies that respect the business and don’t want to ever trivialize their titles. Why would you trivialize that title by someone that said, ‘It’s a prop. You don’t win anything’. I’m done with it. There’s so many wonderful things going on in pro wrestling that I’m not going to sully it up talking about this stuff no more.”
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