Mark Henry has reminisced about his time on the road with Owen Hart and the legendary pranks Hart played on everyone including his own father and WWE Chairman Vince McMahon.
Henry was recalling the time he spent with the late, great Owen Hart with his AEW colleagues Tony Schiavone and Aubrey Edwards on the AEW Unrestricted podcast. Hart was a notorious ribber and was famed for his prank phone calls with no targets off-limits.
The World’s Strongest Man explained how he and Hart whiled away the hours on the road by making these calls to Henry’s own family:
“I think the funniest thing and the most memorable moment was I used to mess with Owen because he used to call people and play practical jokes on them, and it got to the point where I was like, well, I want in on the fun. I was like, can you call some people I know? When we rode together, I used to have a bag phone where you can unzip it and pull the phone out, and it was connected to a cable still. So to entertain ourselves on these long drives, we would call my family.”
“We called my mom and told her he was with the IRS and that he was coming to take her house, and I heard my mom cuss for the first time. We did the same thing to my manager, my coach. Told my brother that he got some girl pregnant and Owen was the girl’s dad. ‘What are we gonna do about this?’ And my brother’s like, ‘Who is this?’ You know who it is! I saw you last week,’ and he’s like, ‘I don’t even know your daughter. Where is she from? What’s her name?’ He’s like, ‘It doesn’t matter.’ We had fun, man. We just messed with everybody, and I’m actually glad that ribbing don’t exist in wrestling like that no more because there’d be a lot of fights.”
According to Mark Henry, Owen’s own family was not exempt with stories of the youngest of the Hart children pranking his own father Stu on several occasions.
“So many times he would mess with Stu. He called Stu and told him that he was his illegitimate son, that he wanted some money. [Stu] was like, ‘I don’t have any kids! All the kids I had I raised in my house,’ and [Owen] was like, ‘No, you remember that time in Winnipeg.’ It was really weird.”
“He was like, ‘Who? I never touched a woman! And he was like, ‘Well, you obviously touched your wife. You have seven kids,’ and he was like, ‘Yeah, it was okay for me to touch her! I didn’t touch anybody!’ He’s arguing back. He was a terrible son.”
Henry then revealed the one prank Hart had played on WWE Chairman Vince McMahon that nearly led to Hart being given his marching orders from the company:
“Nobody was exempt. He made Vince almost fire him one day. He duct-taped Vince’s briefcase to the ceiling fan in Vince’s office, and Vince came in and the ceiling fan was smoking. It burnt it up. He didn’t quit. He’d superglue your shoes to the floor. All kinds of stuff.”
Mark Henry will be the analyst at the announce desk on All Elite Wrestling’s upcoming new show, AEW Rampage. The company has advertised the second edition of Rampage will take place in the United Center in Chicago, with many fans tantalised at who could turn up on that night.