WWE Hall of Famer Mark Henry has discussed the scourge of politics in wrestling and says there was one opponent he “hated working with” because of it.
Mark Henry just about saw and did it all during his epic WWE career. Joining the company as a rookie in 1996, Henry joined the Nation of Domination, revelled in being Sexual Chocolate, became the father to a hand, inducted many a star into the Hall of Pain, won both the ECW and World Heavyweight Championships, and perhaps most famously told John Cena he had a lot left in the tank in a snazzy salmon jacket.
Despite his longevity and stature in the company, The World’s Strongest Man was not immune to pro wrestling politics as he explained on the Busted Open podcast. Henry explained there was one opponent he hated being in the ring with because of their willingness to lobby for their own ideas at the expense of others:
“But some people are egotistical in their lobbying for or politicking for their… getting over. I’m not going to mention his name, but there was a guy that I just hated working with because I knew every time he wanted to look as strong as I was, and I would always say, ‘Okay, I’m stronger than you, I’m bigger than you, this is what we’re gonna do as it relates to working around my strength and I’ll put myself in a place, but you know, [the other person would say] I should bump you before we go into the heat.'”
“And I’m like, ‘No, you shouldn’t. How about this?’ And then you start, but they will go to Vince and they would sit outside Vince’s [McMahon] office and they would wait [to talk to McMahon].”
Mark Henry recently gave his thoughts on a star that has made their return to WWE and suggests they were previously undermined by locker room propaganda.