At AEW Double or Nothing, WWE Hall of Famer Mark Henry shocked the packed crowd with an unscheduled appearance just ahead of the main event.
AEW later confirmed that they had signed the legendary strong man to a “multi-year deal.” The agreement will see Henry work as a broadcaster, and also behind the scenes.
The former world champion will make his first foray behind the announce desk with the launch of AEW Rampage on Friday August 13th.
His behind the scenes role will see him act as a scout, coach and mentor.
Speaking on a recent episode of his podcast Grilling JR, Jim Ross praised the move. The legendary commentator said that the deal was a “win-win” for all involved.
“He likes helping others. He’s got a good eye for talent, and he’s coachable. He likes to mentor, so that was pretty cool. It gives me credence that the Friday night show, Rampage, is not gonna be a throwaway. I was kind of surprised that Mark got out from under the WWE banner and is coming to work for our team…..it’s a win-win for everybody I believe. Also, it opens the door potentially down the road for Mark to have another match or two. He’s still got the itch. I didn’t see him all day. They had him sequestered all day, and it never leaked or got out. I was pleasantly surprised. He’ll do a real good job.”
Until his recent switch, Mark Henry had spent his entire 25-year wrestling career with WWE. Speaking on Busted Open Radio after making the move Henry said that he felt he was “held back” towards the end of his tenure.
Despite this, Henry praised Vince McMahon, describing the love and respect that exists between the two men.
H/t to 411 Mania for the transcription.