Mark Henry Looks To Retirement

28 Mar

At 6 foot 4, and 418 pounds, Mark Henry is hard to miss. He’s the sort of guy that if you ran into in a dark alley you might be more than a little concerned about, at first, but the man nicknamed ‘Sexual Chocolate’ is softly spoken and carries a light handshake for a big guy.

Before becoming a professional wrestler, Henry was a weightlifter, and competed at the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona, Spain, where he placed tenth in the super heavyweight division. Three years later, at the 1995 Pan American Games, Henry won a silver medal in the super heavyweight division. The following year, he became a North America, Central America, Caribbean Islands (NACACI) champion. In 1996, Henry was sponsored by the World Wrestling Federation at the 1996 Summer Olympics and was signed to a ten-year contract in professional wrestling.

Today, however, after spending a decade and a half with the WWE, Mark has cast his eyes towards retirement.

“I’ll bow out within the next 18 months” he said, “I think I’ve got another three years left in me” he added, before going on to explain that he wanted to leave ‘early’ so he can leave at the “top of his game”, rather than risking carrying on to long, as some other Superstars have done in the past.

I know Mark Henry isn’t seen as a main event star these days, but he’s played an important part for the company, for 15 years, both on screen, and off screen, so it’s nice to see him being wise about his retirement.

Following on from the departure of Shawn Michaels, and others, in recent years, it’s nice to see a change in culture in professional Wrestling, away from the damaging culture I noted in a previous article, from the “bad old days”.

Asked about his post-retirement plans Henry gave his trade mark charismatic smile, and replied that he’d like to stay in the industry.

In conjunction with WWE, he hopes to encourage the current roster of Superstars to focus on community projects in their respective cities, promoting anything from mentor schemes to raising the job opportunities within the industry behind the camera.

“Kids can’t all be wrestlers” he noted, “but they need to know there are jobs and there are a lot of other things they can do in the industry.”


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