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Mark Henry Won’t Re-Sign With AEW, Says He Is Not Leaving Pro Wrestling

Mark Henry says he’s no longer going to be under contract with AEW, but he still has a bit more left in the tank.

Last week, Henry a big announcement for Monday’s episode of Busted Open. Henry shared with the audience that his AEW contract will expire on May 28, and he will not be re-signing with the company. However, this does not mean Henry is leaving the business.

“At the press conference, Tony Khan said he was very proud of what we did together. And I feel exactly the same way. I appreciate everything that happened at AEW with Tony Khan and the Khan family. I had a great experience. And I do feel like it’s time for me to take more time to handle and the ReMarkable brand and focus on what my steps are.

“I am not going to be renewing my deal. I think that it’s a mutual thing. If I can’t dedicate 100 percent of myself, then it’s only fair for both parties to end the relationship on a positive note. And like I said, it’s been nothing but positive. I’ve done my best to help as many people as I could. There’s still some things that I wanted to help with, that I didn’t get to finish, but those people have my phone number and any time that they need to call me, I am available for them.

“I am not leaving pro wrestling. What I am saying is that I am going to take some time to work on some projects, and I am going to come back full-force because that’s what I do.”

Sean Ross Sapp of Fightful (via Fightful Select) first reported that Henry’s contract was set to expire this month.  

Henry had been with AEW since making his debut at AEW Double Or Nothing 2021. During his tenure, Henry served as a commentator, on-air personality and coach. Prior to that, he spent 25 years with WWE, joining the company after competing in the 1996 Summer Olympics.

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Six Feet Under

Mark Henry recently spoke with The Undertaker about his “traumatic” experience during their WrestleMania 22 casket match on the Six Feet Under podcast.

Henry revealed that he suffers intensely from claustrophobia, and did not want to go in the casket at all. Henry didn’t break during his 8 minutes and 47 seconds (he counted) locked inside the box as he waited for the post-match segment to end.

“I could die tomorrow and people are going to remember that I was in a main event match at WrestleMania over anything—Olympic World Championships, World’s Strongest Man.” Mark Henry told The Undertaker. “They’re going to be like, ‘Remember when he was in the main event with Taker at WrestleMania 22.’.”

“That was one of the most traumatic matches I ever had. Not only was it the greatest going, but I’m claustrophobic. I didn’t want to go in that box. I was in there for 8 minutes and 47 seconds. And I remember all the way down to the last second. When I heard the lightning strike, I was like, ‘Okay, okay,’ and then it was another four minutes before they pushed me through the curtain.”

“In the back, they opened it, and I jumped out, didn’t even touch the sides, and ran up the ramp. That was the only way I could breathe. I don’t think I breathed the whole time I was in there. I get claustrophobic watching movies of people.”

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