The World’s Strongest Man Mark Henry left his career-long home with WWE to join All Elite Wrestling over the summer. Henry debuted at the Double or Nothing pay-per-view, where he announced that he would be working on the broadcast team for the then-new show AEW Rampage.
Henry recently talked about the discussion he had with Vince McMahon when he informed his former boss about his intentions to become All Elite. The talk took place on the latest edition of the Busted Open Radio podcast. Henry told McMahon he was sick of waiting for new opportunities in the company.
“I was like, ‘Vince, I’m tired of waiting, I’m gonna take this job. I want to get experience, and I want to prove to you and everybody else that I can do this.’ And he said, ‘You know what, Mark, I believe you will, and I’m sure we’ll come looking for you in three years.'”
It sounds like Mark Henry didn’t want to burn any bridges. He bet on himself for the opportunity to do some different things in the business. Given his history and amicable split with WWE, he’d surely be welcomed back.
Henry was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2018. He’s a former World Heavyweight Champion for the company. Since joining AEW, he’s mostly been an interviewer for the Rampage commentary team after flaking out on commentary and being replaced by Ricky Starks. He also mentors young wrestlers in the company.
Bryan Danielson also put a positive spin on his WWE departure. Many expect that he, too will eventually return to the company. He’s just starting out on a three-year deal with AEW, but one last run with WWE isn’t out of the question.
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