Speaking on a recent episode of Renee Paquette’s Oral Sessions podcast, new AEW signee Mark Henry has run the rule over his new employers.
The former World’s Strongest Man who joined AEW in May of this year, will work as a broadcaster and in talent development. A role which will see him work as a scout, coach and mentor behind the scenes.
Casting an eye over AEW, Henry admitted that he feels that there’s too much repetition in-ring, something he described as a “pet peeve.” The former world champion explained that he’d like to see wrestlers stop trying to out do what happened in the match before them. Also pointing out that the company need to continue to work on their approach to social media.
“We got to work on the social media aspect. What is going out and what is being portrayed that is setting an example. AEW is more brash and more of an adult feel to it. You get people putting the birds out and all kinds of stuff. But at the same time, you got to balance that. You have to do the stuff in the communities and the live events. In this community where we are giving back to the city. We are trying to be an example and not a problem. Wrestling wise, I want to see less repetition. I want everyone to see the match before them, because there is a repetition thing. Somebody will do a tope, then the next match will have 2, then the next will have 3. Stop trying to out do what you have seen before. Find something else to do rather than that. Repetition is kind of a pet peeve of mine. I feel like you aren’t watching the product if you do something and someone else has just done the same thing. I love The Bucks, but there are 3 matches before them where someone does a superkick. If I was them I would get mad about it.”
Elsewhere in the interview, Henry reflected on the recent talent cuts in WWE. The veteran expressed his surprise at the release of Braun Strowman, also revealing that he played a role in the giant initially signing with WWE.
Henry said that while he doesn’t know the full details of the situation, he wouldn’t have released Strowman if the decision was up to him.
“I wouldn’t have let him go,” Henry said. “But you know what? If he wasn’t happy, and he asked them for more grace, more time or more money or something and they didn’t want to pay it, you’ve got to part ways. But I don’t know what the circumstances were with their relationship.”
The latest round of WWE releases sparked speculation that the company could soon be up for sale. However, a new report poured cold water on the rumours, with Brandon Thurston of Wrestlenomics, writing that those he had spoken too said WWE had no intention of selling.
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