Mark Henry was today’s guest on E&C’s Pod Of Awesomeness. The WWE Hall of Famer opened up to both Christian and Tommy Dreamer (temporarily filling in for Edge) on a number of professional wrestling related topics.
On Advice His Son Gave To Cody Rhodes:
Ask Cody [Rhodes] about the match Jacob [Henry’s son] put together for him. Jacob just walked up to Cody, who is one of the most unbelievable wrestlers in the world right now, and he was like, ‘Cody this is what I see for you. I’d like for you to be more serious. I like Stardust, but Stardust is not gonna be world champion. You need to turn it up and you need to put people through tables on fire and stuff like that.’ Cody turned and looked at me and he was like, ‘You know, he’s right.’ We just laughed. He’s [Jacob] got a mind for the business. I just hope he doesn’t get anybody killed.
The Tommy Dreamer Soiled Pants Incident:
Mark Henry: Tommy and I had a match where I gave him the World’s Strongest Slam on the floor and he pooped himself. Remember that Tommy?
Tommy Dreamer: It was on the open of every WWE ECW. It was awesome. WWE ECW, this is where Tony Atlas comes out and him and Tony Atlas unite. Mark gave me the World’s Strongest Slam on the floor and as he hits it, he’s like, ‘Oh God,’ and Mark does have a weak stomach and I smell this smell and at first I thought it was Mark. Then I’m thinking it’s Tony Atlas giving an old man protein fart. They leave, but then Vince [McMahon] didn’t like how they went up the steps. The camera man goes to me, ‘Lay there!’ So, I’m still laying there and then Mark and Tony walk back and Vince wanted them to do something specifically and they’re telling the camera guys and they’re telling the referees, so they go do it. The camera guys say, ‘OK, clear.’ I go back to the back and Vince was talking to Tony and Mark and I was like, ‘I don’t want a piece of that,’ so I go into the locker room and I go to shower, just pull ‘em off and just jump in the shower and I forgot my old underwear and on the chair. I come back and on my underwear is like this really hard, well it looked like a tootsie roll, but a really thick tootsie roll.
Christian: I just dry heaved.
Tommy Dreamer: I look at it and I pick it up and I smell it and it’s the worst smell ever and I’m in the locker room and it’s Lance Cade, I want to say Randy Orton, someone else and I go, ‘Which one of you mother fu*kers sh*t in my underwear?’ I thought someone was ribbing me and put a piece of sh*t in my underwear. Then I realized the smell out there and was like, ‘Did I sh*t in my underwear?’ Then I take my underwear and I run to the doctor. I go, ‘Hey man, can I show you something?’ I open it up and I got, ‘This smells like sh*t.’ He goes, ‘It is.’ I go, ‘Doc, I’ve sh*t my pants before, but I didn’t feel it,’ and he goes, ‘That’s like impacted meat. You ever hear the saying, ‘You got the sh*t knocked out of you?’’ He said, ‘You got hit with such force that it just flew out of you.’ I go, ‘How did I not feel it?’ He goes, ‘Because it really wasn’t like you sh*t your pants, but you did.’ He goes, ‘People pay a lot of money for colonoscopies and to get themselves cleaned out. You just got one for free.’
Mark Henry: Which leads me to my next point, I will accept that $900 for that colonoscopy.
On Mark Henry’s Feats Of Strength:
Tommy Dreamer: For the listeners, to appreciate just how strong Mark Henry is – and I thought this was a magic trick – in OVW, I run developmental and Mark is down there and we would have the students wrestling, wrestlers that were under contract with WWE and Mark rings the bell. The match going on and he nudges me under the table and he passes me this thing that looks like a Fruit Rollup and it’s heavy. I go, ‘What is this?’ He’s like, ‘It’s the wrench.’ They had a wrench that we would use to ring the bell. I’m like, ‘No way is this the wrench.’ Then he takes the wrench and unfolds it. He rolled a wrench and then rolled it back, right in front of me. I’m like, ‘This isn’t real. This is a work.’ As sure as can be, I get that wrench; I’m trying trying and he rolled the wrench like how he rolled the frying pan. He rolled the wrench right in front of me with nothing, like how you would roll a piece of paper. That’s how strong that man is.
Christian: One time we were in some arena. I can’t remember where it was, but there was this giant steel door. It was open half way, but it was kind of dropped off the hinge and the top part was kind of leaning down on the ground and it wouldn’t swing. You couldn’t swing it open or closed and a couple people came by and tried to lift this heavy door up and couldn’t lift it. At one point JBL and Ron Simmons, the two of them were together trying to lift this door up just trying to open it because guys were having to squeeze in and go through this door. Everybody kind of gave up, ‘I guess that’s just the way it is. Just leave it there.’ In comes Mark doing his slow walk into the locker room, just minding his own business. All of a sudden he sees this door and looks it up and down. With one hand, he picks this door up, walks it over, drops it, walks in. There were four or five people trying to lift this thing up, it was so funny.
Mark Henry: People were trying to lift the door all day, ‘Why didn’t you come in earlier?’ Do you remember in Lafayette, Louisiana Arn Anderson used to get to the arena and he used to workout with Goldust and the girls and he would go get showered up and get ready to do his production stuff and his agent duties. You remember the old school lockers that had the little finger slide where you raised it up where you opened it? Arn didn’t realize that the locker he put all his clothes in, the metal spigot was gone. So, when he shut the door and left, he locked all his stuff in the locker….they come back and he can’t get in and Chris Benoit, and Ron Simmons, and Billy Gunn, and a few of the other guys went to get a crowbar from the building and they were trying to get that locker open. Me and D’Lo [Brown] come in. Ron Simmons is dying. He says, ‘Listen man, I’m done. You’re gonna have to get them to get a machine and cut it open.’ I walk in and he was like, ‘No, no, Mark open this locker.’ They had crow-barred the top, in the corner, where I could get both fingers in there and I put both of my four fingers in there and I leaned back and jerked on it and it broke the little metal thing and the locker flew open and Ron said, ‘There’s your damn door open.’ Chris Benoit just falls on the ground laughing, just belly laughing. Chris Jericho was in there too. Jericho said, ‘Mark, we have been in here with this damn crow-bar for like 45 minutes trying to open this.’ He was like, ‘If you ever ever get angry, please don’t hit me.’
On The Differences Between Yesterday’s Locker Room and Today’s:
It was so much different then than it is now. I tell guys all the time, ‘I was entertained by being in the locker room the first 15 years of my career. The last 8 was kinda boring.’ You show up and everything is everything and you get in the car and you leave. There was nothing eventful. We always had a good time in the locker room. Even when it was a bad time, it was entertaining as hell, so it was a little bit different.
On Why There Was No Farewell Match For Him In WWE:
I’ve been injured for about three years and I didn’t want to. It wasn’t Vince [McMahon]. It wasn’t the office. It wasn’t heat with the company or nothing like that. I just told Vince. I was like, ‘Man, I’m done. I don’t want to wrestle no more.’ He was like, ‘What?’ I was like, ‘Man, my body. I’m just hurting everywhere.’ I had an issue in my back and just never addressed it. I tore my knee up in 2002 and it was bad. I tore my IT band, tore my knee cap in half wrestling Kurt Angle, and I used to sit on the floor and say, ‘Hey man, my knee cap is off. Can you step on my knee cap to pop it back in place?’ I was doing stupid stuff like that, rather than going in and getting it fixed. When I had the match with Rey Mysterio in Dallas, it just exploded, so when it exploded, it tore so much stuff, I had residual damage. Even though I healed up and came back, I was still in pain all the time….I’ve wobbled like that all these years because of how bad my knee was. I just had my knee fixed and this is the best my body felt since I was down in Louisville. I had that old man walk at 40 years old, which is not old. Now it’s fixed and I can’t never say never, but in a way I feel like I owe the fans a last match, but I’m not the World’s Strongest Man no more. I’m not that guy. If I come back, it’s gonna be a different Mark Henry.
(Transcription Credit: Michael McClead, WrestleZone)
Readers may listen to the E&C Pod Of Awesomeness in its entirety below:
Mark Henry On Not Having A Farewell Match, Dreamer Pooping His Pants