Former World Heavyweight Champion Mark Henry recently talked to The Mirror, promoting the recently released “WWE: The Attitude Era” book. Within the interview, “The World’s Strongest Man” relived a plethora of moments from professional wrestling’s big boom.
Henry hit on his first major feud for WWE, which saw him go up against Jerry “The King” Lawler:
“I remember being in a situation where everybody, as much as they loved seeing Jerry Lawler’s gimmick, they loved to hate him. That’s one of the things I learned early on, that if you’re going to be in a situation where you’re taking on a dominant competitor, you have to get to the point where you love to be hated, if that is what is required. It was an unbelievable experience to be in the ring with Jerry Lawler, one of the biggest wrestlers of all time.”
Continuing, Henry discussed his time in the Nation of Domination faction. Henry was asked if he foresaw The Rock becoming a major force in sports entertainment:
“It was unbelievable being in the Nation. It was like going from having regular core classes in college to taking masters and doctorate classes because of the talent I was around. I learned so much in that stretch, that I didn’t have a choice but to succeed.”
“Most definitely. He is one of the most well-studied, flamboyant characters of all time. And people… there is nobody on earth other than maybe Vince McMahon who has a work ethic like his. He studies and works and studies and works and that is all he ever wanted to do, to succeed. It was an honour to be in the ring with him first and secondly to gain the win. We’ve had a few matches, four I think to be exact, and I may be the only person in history that is undefeated against him over that many matches!”
Be sure to read the interview in its entirety, here. Henry also talked about his storyline with Mae Young, working with Vince McMahon, his time as “Sexual Chocolate,” and much more.