Mark Henry shared a story about the time his mother passed away and Vince McMahon was there to talk. Mark was asked whether it’s strange to work for AEW after all the years he spent in WWE and this sparked a story.
During Busted Open Radio, Mark Henry shared their conversation about when his mother passed away. Vince knew Mark was a mama’s boy. Henry’s mother came to shows and Vince saw her several times.
“You know, it’s really not strange. It’s more like you, you get a chance to go and prove that you know what the hell you’re talking about. Like, you know, Tommy [Dreamer] can attest to this, and Bully [Ray] too. When you work in the office, you, you have to placate to the masses, you can’t just pick one. And I’ve never had to do that. I always got to do whatever I wanted to do or focus on what Mark Henry was about. Now it’s like, I want to make sure that everybody shines. I don’t show favoritism and that’s hard to do because, you know, as we are on this show, we have our favorites…we all have our favorites. And that’s the same way in pro wrestling. Like, you walk down the hallway, and there’s some people that you gravitate to more than others, but you can’t not let everybody have the same kind of respect.”
Vince McMahon was one of the first two or three people that Mark answered the phone. Mr. McMahon asked Mark to just listen, and say nothing. Then he told Henry to deal with the current situation the way he sees fit.
Vince even consoled him and told the World’s Strongest Man not to worry about work at all. He asked Mark to come back when he wants to come back. It didn’t matter whether it was six months or a year-long break.
“You have a death in the family? In a week, they call and go, ‘Hey, are you okay? Can you be at work on Monday?’ That’s the way bosses operate. This dude was like, no. And I’m not the only one. He hates this. Vince is gonna hear this [and] he’s gonna be a little pissed because he don’t want nobody to know that he has compassion, that he actually cares about the people that work for him. He’ll act like he don’t because he’s just the old curmudgeon. He just tries to act like a tough guy. He is a tough guy. But he wants the image of the tough guy more than enforcing it and I always take that, you know, to my grave, like, you know, like he did for me what I know a lot of people will never get.”
For three and a half months, Mark Henry stayed at home and got his check every week. There was a level of respect that Mark gave Vince for the rest of his career because of call he received that day. “Bosses don’t do that,” he said. In the end, Mark Henry decided to leave WWE, but that doesn’t change everything the company did for him.
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