Mark Henry has suggested that members of WWE’s locker rom felt so threatened and intimidated by one star that they leaked “negative propaganda” to the media.
On the August 12th edition of Friday Night SmackDown, Hit Row, minus now-AEW star Swerve Strickland arrived back on WWE television. Top Dolla and Ashante “Thee” Adonis flanked by B-Fab quickly demolished two “local talents” before reminding the WWE world just who they are.
After finding success in NXT in 2021, the group were called up to the main roster that October. However, just one month later, all four members were released.
At the time of his release it was reported that Top Dolla had rubbed some people up the wrong way, while it has since been said that he was a “heat magnet.”
AEW star Mark Henry has now suggested that these negative reports came from members of the locker room who were scared of losing their spot. Speaking on Busted Open Radio, Henry said that this fear led to “negative propaganda” being put out about the former NFL star.
“He [Top Dolla] spoke on the fact that, they, there was a lot of chatter in the locker room about them [Hit Row] not being humble, them not being team players or them not agreeing to kind of the status quo of what the WWE locker room was like. And he said, ‘Mark, have you ever known me to be unprofessional? Have you ever known me to be a bully? No. Triple H, same thing. No.’ When people feel like their spots are threatened, they start putting out negative propaganda if they can’t fix it,”
Henry added that there many have been some that couldn’t take a “powerful black dude” standing up for himself.
“He spoke up for himself, he intimidated people, he scared people – and he’s a smart ass dude. He’s a college graduate. And some people can’t take a powerful black dude telling them the right thing to do. They can’t take it. I think Triple H recognized what happened and he stopped the bleeding,”
Reflecting on his WWE return, Top Dolla explained that Triple H had offered him a “clean slate” as he “didn’t care” what had gone on before.
H/t to Sportskeeda for the transcription.