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Ask WNZ: Reflecting On Mark Henry’s Career

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Recent reports are indicating that when Mark Henry’s current WWE contract expires following WrestleMania 32, he will finally hang up the boots (for real this time). Assuming that holds true, we decided to ask the staff what they made of Henry’s career, in terms of his impact and whether or not he deserves a spot in the Hall of Fame someday.

Dorathy Gass:

If Koko B. Ware and George ‘The Animal’ Steele were inducted in the WWE Hall of Fame; surely there is a spot somewhere for Mark Henry. Was he one of the greatest of all time? Would he make a Mount Rushmore list? Maybe for some fans, but not for most. Still, Mark Henry has certainly created a tremendous impact and etched his way into WWE history, and he will be a performer that is remembered by most, long after he retires. As a WWE European Champion, ECW Champion, and World Heavyweight Champion, the ‘World’s Strongest Athlete’ is no stranger to WWE gold, and has been a part of some the most memorable factions within the company, including The Nation of Domination. Also, who could forget his run as Sexual Chocolate? A character that is still brought up within WWE programming today. Hall of Fame worthy? Absolutely! Will he be missed once he retires? Most likely. Henry has had a solid run, and should enjoy and be proud of a solid career in professional wrestling, once he retires.

John Deegan:

This one, to me, is a no brainer. Considering some of the more dubious inductions, putting Henry in should be fairly simple. He’s held multiple world titles during his long run with WWE, and his longevity with the company is a thing of amazement in and of itself-he’s been with the company since 1996, so he would be a 20 year employee when WrestleMania 32 happened. That alone is pretty impressive. In my mind, I also give Henry a lot of credit for opening the doors to other crossover athletes in WWE. While Henry’s athleticism and strength were obvious, there was no assurance that any of it would translate to much more than a side show in WWE, but as he closes in on 20 years in the ring, clearly it has. I have to think that his success paved the way for more recent talents, such as former strongman competitor Braun Strowman. For that, I consider him somewhat of a pioneer (yes, I realize there were others before him, but he was one of the more prominent ones in recent memory).  For his “retirement” angle on Cena alone, he should get the nod, but he’s done so much more than that. I, for one, look forward to his induction.

Joseph Lisnow:

Mark Henry will get his spot in the WWE Hall of Fame. When? Probably sooner than later. When Henry ends his active career, he will have spent the past 20 years working for Vince McMahon. That’s a long time, especially for a wrestler his size. When thinking of active veterans still wrestling for WWE, it’s down to Undertaker, Triple H and Henry. In the mid-1990s, Henry’s early WWE run showed how green he was and it has taken longer than hoped for him to get over with the fans. Before cleanly pinning Randy Orton to be world heavyweight champion a few years back, Henry’s biggest claim was playing “Sexual Chocolate” and impregnating Mae Young with a hand. It sounds crazy, but that’s how the storyline played out. Then came the Hall of Pain and everything temporally changed for Henry. He became the monster WWE always wanted and his only major title run was a successful one. The biggest problem for Henry, whether 20 years ago or today, is the ability to stay healthy. When healthy, Henry is an unstoppable force.

Stephen Nixon:

Looking back at Mark Henry’s career, it feels like he should be a Hall of Famer but I’m actually not sure. He only has one title reign and seems to have more luck at being a jobber than he did in the title picture. I almost feel like his entire career was mishandled and if WWE did it all over again, they would have made him a maniac like Brock Lesnar. When Henry slammed John Cena after his ‘Retirement speech’, that should have been his entire career. He’s literally the world’s strongest man and should have been one of the biggest attractions within WWE. Unfortunately due to the booking of his career, he will not become a Hall of Famer. He’s wrestled for 20 years, but his longevity will not be enough to make him become inducted with the rest of the greats.

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  • Mike

    It’s a no Brainer. Easily hall of fame worthy. A former two town world champion and ecw champ among many other titles. He’s not one of the greats of all time. However he has been very good for the most part. He deserves his recognition, he’s a lot better than half the guys in the hall of fame. He will be inducted within three-five years i think.

  • robvanriot

    Stephen Nixon there, just being contrary for the sake of being contrary.

    Mark Henry is a first ballot Hall of Famer. One of the best ‘big men’ we’ve seen in decades. His Hall of Pain run was some of the best booking that WWE has done in forever, and he’s right at the top of the pile when it comes to African-American wrestlers in the business, and the impact and influence he’s had in that respect.

    • jcice13

      everything Nixon said was spot on except for the, not being a HOFer, that’s where we differ..I think he’ll get in the Hall for sure

  • Michael King

    He could’ve been WWE champion if WWE didn’t have a hint of racism

    • jcice13

      I don’t think it was racism as much as there were tons of guys who carried the torch better, I blame creative for not making him a monster, their yo-yoing of him from face to heel from monster to jobber was an insult to fans but racist? hopefully you’re wrong..I’d like to think it was bad booking

      • Michael King

        Hopefully they let Apollo Crews or maybe even Big E change that but at the same time it has been a lot of African American wrestlers who were more deserving.

        • jcice13

          a lot? I don’t think so

          • Michael King

            I didn’t mean a lot but a few number 1 being Junkyard Dog

          • jcice13

            sorry but when I read your comment and it’s you who said it’s been a lot I can only take that to mean one thing unless you have a different meaning for the term “a lot” and to use JYD as an example isn’t the best case since they had the #1 face of all time as the world champ, you just don’t take the belt off someone who generates multiple times more money that the guy you want to replace him..to me that’s like saying they should have let bobo brazil be champ instead of bruno..that’s not racism, that’s just good business

          • Michael King

            I said I meant a few because there obviously weren’t a lot of good African American wrestlers

          • jcice13

            meant and said are 2 different things I see now you didn’t mean a lot and had you said that originally like you supposedly meant to say I wouldn’t have given you the answer I did..I can’t read minds only your written words

          • Michael King

            I can’t remember who but I think Junkyard Dog said they were a little racist back then so yeah.

          • jcice13

            I am sure there was racism in JYD’s era, of course there was if there was racism in the country then it stands to reason there’d be racism, but he meant when he was wrestling in places prior to WWF, when he was in the south where racism was more open…I will say it again just in case you missed my point..Vince is not a racist, he’s a businessman, Hogan was the champ at that time during JYD’s tenure in the WWF…Hogan was a money machine, and JYD couldn’t come close to making that kind of cash for the company, therefore you don’t replace a mint with a cash box..now if JYD couldn’t grasp that? then that’s his problem..there were also a lot of guys who were better than JYD that never got the belt..how about Piper who was way more over than JYD, how many world title reigns did he have? and if I’m not mistaken Mr. Perfect didn’t hold the world title for Vince either and who was better than him? so is that reverse discrimination?..wouldn’t you give a title reign to either one of those guys over JYD?

  • jcice13

    I would like to see the people who think that Henry belongs on Mt. Rushmore..I’m betting that his own family doesn’t have that strong an opinion of his wrestling abilities…and first ballot HOF? it would have to be a real weak list of talent for that to happen..he’ll get in but first ballot??? doubtful

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