Mark Henry Says His Match With John Cena Is His Biggest Match, Talks His Fake Retirement Speech

Josh Isenberg

Mark HenryMark Henry recently sat down with Dave Lagreca, Mike Riker, and Doug Mortman on Busted Open satellite radio show to talk about his upcoming WWE Championship match against John Cena at WWE Money in the Bank. Below are some of the highlights.


On his match against John Cena Sunday at Money in the Bank being 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."

On his fake retirement speech on Raw, and if it held any truth:

"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." 

On why is took him such a long time to be in the main event in WWE:

"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."

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