Mark Henry has shared a picture of his amazing body transformation online, ahead of his return to the ring for the first time in three years.
The World’s Strongest Man first debuted with WWF back in 1996 and has remained a part of the company ever since. Officially retiring in 2017, Mark Henry was inducted into WWE’s Hall of Fame the following year. However, Henry recently announced his intent of returning to the squared circle for one more match in the near future.
Though details surrounding the opponent or the match itself are yet to be released, Henry would take to Twitter to share a recent picture, showcasing the super heavyweight’s massive weigh loss:
20 pounds to go. pic.twitter.com/ilkuwM1P04
— TheMarkHenry (@TheMarkHenry) May 22, 2021
Post retirement, Mark Henry has become a staple of the Busted Open team on Sirius XM, alongside the likes of Bully Ray and Tommy Dreamer. He was last seen on WWE television in January, appearing in a backstage segment riding a scooter due to a foot injury. During the segment, Randy Orton would taunt the former World Champion, telling Mark that he would “probably never compete in a Royal Rumble match again.”
However, Mark Henry would recently reveal that he does indeed have intentions to return to the ring, despite being retired. During an interview on Booker T’s ‘Hall of Fame’ podcast, Henry would tell Booker that although he may be 50, he plans on returning in “really good shape”:
“There’s a lot of kids that didn’t get to see me wrestle. They only saw me on YouTube. It’s been enough time that has passed. Also, I quit before I had a last match, before I waved at everybody and said, ‘Ok. I had the pink jacket on. I’m sorry I lied to you all that I was leaving and retiring. I own it.”
I did not get that match where you go and pay tribute to the fans and you go and you wrestle somebody that’s up and coming that’s talented and you give them, what we call, the rub. I didn’t do that, and I feel guilty. That’s why I’m doing it. I figure that I’m going to wait until I’m 50 so the expectation is lower. At 50, they don’t expect me to go out there and have a 20 minute, five star match.”
“I’m going to go out there in really good shape. I’m already 80 pounds lighter than I was when I had my last match. I’m going to be in really good shape. It’s going to take a good man to beat me, but it might not take him long.”
Following his infamous fake retirement in 2013, which would see Henry attack John Cena and challenge for the WWE Championship, it seems Mark Henry wishes to end his career officially like so many have done before him, to go out in the middle of the ring at the hands of an up and coming star in WWE.
Credit for Interview: The Hall of Fame with Booker T & Brad Gilmore