Mark Henry has opened up about how Yokozuna took care of him when he was coming up in the wrestling business.
While speaking about the recent WWE Icons documentary which featured Yokozuna on Busted Open Radio, the WWE Hall of Famer said that Yokozuna took care of everything for him, including car rentals and hotels. The only proviso was that Henry not question him when he asked him to do something.
“That dude [Yokozuna] took care of me, man. I didn’t pay for the car. I didn’t pay for my hotels. Nothing. He took care of everything. All he asked was for me not to question him. He said, look man if I tell you to do something just do it and I got you, and he did. He took care of me in a way that nobody in my wrestling history has. I drove the car, I fetched the bags, I went and got his food, and if he had other errands for me to do, I did. if the wrestling business can go back to that and put guys with the veterans and have them be mentored, is really what it was, then the business will be better because now we have this jaded, oh I’m already somebody, type of mentality.”
He went into more detail about Yokozuna mentoring him and credited the former WWF Champion for helping him become a solid worker. He explained that Yokozuna told him he would need to work against the greatest wrestlers to become great himself, and he would need to be good in the ring for them to want to work with him.
“Yoko was one of the nicest human beings ever born to this earth. When it came to work, he was like, hey, it’s about longevity. This was his speech to me; it’s about longevity, and if you want to be great, you gotta work against the greatest people. You can’t work against the greatest people if you’re the s***s and you hurt everybody. He said you want the best guys to say, oh, I wanna work with him because it’s a night off. That’s why I work the way that I work because I had Yoko mentoring me early in, even though I had kinda shit the bed with my attitude. I couldn’t control that, but my work was always solid. You watch Yoko drop that leg on people and sit on them, it was like a pillow hitting you. It was beautiful.”
The legendary Yokozuna is best known for his time in WWF where he became a two-time WWF Champion and won the 1993 Royal Rumble match. One of the greatest big men to enter a ring, he tragically passed away on October 23, 2000. WWE inducted him into their Hall of Fame in 2012.
The WWE Icons documentary featuring Yokozuna is available now on the WWE Network.
Credit to Fightful for the transcription.