Mark Henry Announces Retirement from In-Ring Competition


Starting his career in 1996, Mark Henry went from representing the Olympics, to Sexual Chocolate, to channeling his “World’s Strongest Man” gimmick by folding frying pans, to creating his dreaded Hall of Pain, and everything in-between. Although his career has been up and down over the past 21 years, WWE executives can certainly say that Henry has been one of the most consistent members of the roster over the last two decades.

Discussing his career with fellow Nation of Domination members Ron Simmons (Faarooq) and The Godfather (Kama Mustafa) on Table for 3, Henry announced that he was wrapping up his days as an in-ring talent.

“It’s been 21 years, and as we know, that Father Time is undefeated,” said Henry. “My time is coming to an end. I’ll go from talent to an employee here in a few months. I’m just looking forward to making that transition, helping these young guys and girls coming in beneath us.”

Henry, 46, added that he will be shifting over more to help the company “restock on talent,” which is something he has been doing since competing in the ring part-time.

Over the past 21 years in the WWE, Henry has been a 1-time World Heavyweight Champion, 1-time ECW Champion, and 1-time European Champion.