Mark Henry Explains Why He Left WWE for AEW

According to the Wrestling Observer, Mark Henry is now the lead trainer of All Elite Wrestling’s (AEW) wrestling school. He started working with the All Elite promotion in May, and has already helped train several wrestlers, including Cody Rhodes and The Young Bucks.

You may not know Mark Henry by name, but you’ve likely seen him at WWE events during WrestleMania weekend. Henry is probably best known for being the longtime bodyguard to the current WWE Champion, AJ Styles. But after Styles defeated Henry in the main event at WrestleMania 34, Henry made his way out to the ring and announced he was leaving the company. He has now signed a deal with AEW, the promotion founded by former WWE superstar Cody Rhodes.

Mark Henry became the latest WWE legend to switch to All Elite Wrestling this weekend, as the World’s Strongest Man arrived Sunday on the Double or Nothing pay-per-view. Henry was last seen on WWE television during an episode of Raw Night of Legends in January of this year. Although he has not played any matches since The Greatest Royal Rumble 2018, he has talked about playing one last match before retiring for good. Henry explained his decision to leave WWE after a hiatus of more than two decades on Tuesday’s Busted Open radio show. My case is over. This is not something that happened recently. I could go back five or six months and I wanted a job in the [WWE] office, Henry (h/t Fightful) said. I talked to Vince myself, and he said to write. I’ll listen to you. I have been told that there is a major purge and cutbacks going on right now, and that there is much more to come. I’ve seen hundreds of people leave the company. I felt useful enough not to leave. When market time comes and there are rights to know where to go next, I wanted to do more. I always want to do more. If I don’t get that chance, I’ll have to look elsewhere. If I don’t do what I’m capable of doing… then I have to look elsewhere for that opportunity, and I’ve found it. @TheMarkHenry talks about his decision to sign with @AEW and his meeting with Vince McMahon @davidlagreca1 @bullyray5150 #AEWDynamite #DoubleOrNothing – SiriusXM Busted Open (@BustedOpenRadio) June 1, 2021 It wasn’t negative, he continued. Vince and I are in love. More than love, respect. I called him and told him what to say, based on what my brother told his older brother: I’m tired of being in the shadows. I feel like someone underneath you is holding me back. If someone stops me, I have to leave. I feel like I’m being held back and not getting what I want. I want to succeed and earn more. Vince said:] You know all you need to know. If you feel you have to go, I don’t want to, but if you have to go, go. I know you’ll succeed. That’s what you want. I’m not going to walk away from a conversation like that. No one will say Mark Henry is unfaithful. There were times when I was offered more money, but I didn’t stop. It wasn’t perfect, but what family is? I had a good experience and learned a lot. I spent more time in production and in the truck than in the ring and in the restaurant. I’ve always had a leadership mentality. AEW issued a press release on Tuesday confirming that Henry has signed a multi-year contract with the promotion and is working behind the scenes as a commentator. Henry will make his first appearance in the company during Friday’s edition of AEW Dynamite. @TheMarkHenry Henry has signed a multi-year contract with #AEW! This FRIDAY evening LIVE on #AEWDynamite at 10/9c on @tntdrama, we will hear from a new #AEW contestant! Get your tickets now for LIVE Dynamite this Friday – Full Edition – – All Elite Wrestling (@AEW) June 1, 2021

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