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WWE Superstar Mark Henry recently spoke with Busted Open Radio. Below are some highlights from the interview:
Henry on if his Money in the Bank Match with Cena is the biggest of his career: “Yeah. This is it. This is what you work for. This is the Super bowl. This is the NBA championship. This is the Olympics. This is being at the point in your life where you go right or left, and you have to go right. And if you go left, then you could either end up not in the business. You end up being marginalized, whatever. I mean, I don’t have a choice.”
Henry on if winning the WWE championship will validate his career in his mind: “Man, I almost cussed. (Laughs) Yeah. It will. I mean I really did, I almost cussed. I have to win. This will be the one that people say, Ok. He may not have had a career that had as many championships as The Rock or The Undertaker or Shawn Michaels. But as far as big guys, super heavyweights. My name will be in the conversation for the next 100 years. And that’s what I’m looking at.”
Henry on the truth to his fake retirement speech on RAW: “Man, I’m 42 years old man. You got people like Steve Austin, who’s in my top five of all time wrestlers, who had to quit because of how much physical torment he took. And you look at The Undertaker and The Undertaker’s not old. The Undertakers 44. And he’s beat the hell up. Man, I’m a 410 pound guy that throws his body all over the place. I am beat the hell up. But I got one more night in me. That’s the way I look at it. Every night, I got one more. Until it happens, until they put me on crutches or wheel me off or cart me off. I got one more night. And every time I go out there, I have that in my mind. Like what am I going to do to top what I did last time. And this might—I wish I would have had this mentality when I was a younger guy. When I wasn’t so beat up but I didn’t. I can’t dwell on that. That’s why I look at putting—like you said I put all my eggs in one basket. I ain’t never ran from the press. I ain’t never disrespected the fans. And the ones that got the evil Mark Henry, they deserved it.”
Henry on his thought process behind the retirement speech promo: “Well five years ago when I signed my contract, my last contract. I took a 50 percent pay cut. And a lot of people don’t know that because I never said nothing about it. And I wanted this these last five years—the reason that I’ve had this steadily incline is because I wanted to validate myself financially as well as career wise. And I’ve been able to make a good living over the last five years. But I ain’t made nothing compared to John Cena. The Randy Ortons, the Brock Lesnars and The Rocks of this world. I ain’t making that kind of money. And Money in the Bank it’s just funny that it all happens to be about the money. But a lot of it is about the money. And it’s about the respect that comes with the money. Donald Trump. Great business man. Unbelievable business man. Is he known for being a business man? No. He’s known for the money. And I’m trying to get mine, man. I’m trying to get mine. And John Cena is the stepping stool, the foot hole or whatever you want to call him, to me getting my paper.
Henry on why it took him long to get into the main event scene: “I think a lot of it was focus, a lot of it was desperation. A lot of it was umm—that epiphany. That day you wake up and go damn! Is this what it is? Like sometimes the trigger don’t happen until something stimulates. And when I sat there in that chair in WWE headquarters, and they say hey we wanna resign you but we can’t sign you for this money. This is what we offer. And it was nothing.”
Henry on if he thinks he could be the fan favorite on Sunday in Philadelphia: “It’s not gonna bother me that people are gonna cheer for me. I’m going out there to do me. My attention and my focus is going to be on John Cena. You watch. You look in my eyes and you’ll see what is going to happen. You sit there, you watch. You watch what I do.”
Henry’s response to Ken Patera: “You know I’m a vengeful, vindictive SOB. And I came on this show a few months ago with the intent on saying how—and this is totally off the subject. But I came on this show with the intent on giving props to a great strong man. And you know what I’m talking about. And for those who don’t know, Ken Patera was on the show. And I called in because I was a fan, he was one of the people when I was a kid that you know I would look at in wrestling and thought wow man, I wanna be like that. Nothing changes from that stand point but when I came on the show, Ken Patera started to just run me down. And talk about how much greater he was then I was and so forth and so on and so on.
“A lot of that I think was bravado and trying to give himself a little shine because you know when people stop talking about you, that’s the beginning of the end. And nobody was talking about Ken Patera. He made a comment that I was not close to him in his numbers. And if you go back and look and do the background check, I have almost surpassed him in everything. And I thought it was wrong on his part to take a chance and not look at the numbers and say how I’ve been good in everything I’ve done. I’ve been to two Olympic Games, he went to one. My numbers were better than his. My professional wrestling career was better than his. I will stick high in your face if you try to shine on me. And this is a guy that’s in his ’70s, that I’m sticking pie in his face for disrespecting me. So what do you think is going to happen to John Cena? He is gonna get pie in his face.”