Henry was announced to the crowd at Double Or Nothing, being introduced to a huge ovation as the new analyst for AEW’s upcoming Rampage show. Speaking at the post-Double Or Nothing media scrum, AEW President Tony Khan gave some details on how ‘The World’s Strongest Man’ became All Elite.
“Mark Henry and I are friends. Mark told me he was available and to do things that I would be really interested in doing. I thought that would be really interesting because he’s not only a good friend but a really respected person in the wrestling business. A great wrestler, a great mind, a great scout, and a great analyst in wrestling. He gives his opinions on the radio, but he provides great scouting reports and he really has helped mentor a lot of wrestlers in addition to being a great wrestling mind. I think he could be not only a great on-air personality but a great backstage influence. He’s a great friend and person, so it’s just great to have Mark in the AEW family, and it was great to announce it on such a special show.”
Following on from that, Khan also discussed the deal he has with former WWE Cruiserweight Champion Lio Rush. Rush made his AEW debut as the ‘Joker’ in the Casino Battle Royal that was won by Jurassic Express’ Jungle Boy.
On Rush’s status with the company, Khan disclosed:
“I haven’t got pen to paper but Lio and I have a handshake where he can work here and New Japan. He wanted to keep working here and I think we’ve worked something good out on a handshake. I think he has a handshake with New Japan too and that’s what we’ve been doing and it’s been pretty good. I think it’s a good way to work. So far, so good.”
Double Or Nothing saw ‘The Icon’ Sting return to in-ring action for the first time in six years as well as a new champion crowned as Dr. Britt Baker claimed gold.