Mark Henry was a recent guest on Sam Roberts’ “Notsam Podcast”. During the interview, he discussed his new role in the WWE as well as some of the friction that exists backstage. Here are the highlights:
On Being A Locker Room General:
Me being gone this last year and a half, there’s a lot of stuff that’s happened in the locker room that would have never happened under my watch. I kept hearing too much negativity. Talent relations and different people that I’m friends with, I was like, ‘Do something about it.’ I was like, ‘Listen, I’ll do it. I’ll take the heat.’
People are arguing and fussing about stuff. There’s been some disrespecting my wife or my girlfriend type of stuff. There’s been a couple of people habitually late, which Vince [McMahon] hates, but he doesn’t have Undertaker, or me. Booker T is still there, but only on TV. Big Show has been injured, so all the guys that hold people’s face to the fire is not there.
On Whether Roman Reigns Was A Locker Room General:
Roman was kind of that guy. He was kind of getting there.
On Whether John Cena Was A Locker Room General:
No. John is on his bus and off to the next place. He’s got so much to do, he doesn’t have time, but he will go, ‘OK guys, the place is a pigsty, don’t leave your trash.
On The Current WWE Locker Room:
These young guys now – somebody told me that they asked some young guys to clean up and they were like, ‘Man, it ain’t my job to clean up.’ That sh*t is about to come to an abrupt stop because I will be at all TVs, at all pay-per-views now and this is really new, like in the last two weeks. Every pay-per-view, we finna re-establish the leadership chain of command.
On His New Role:
Just keeps everybody’s checks and balances. There’s no title for it. I really am not a title guy anyway. You never had to do that. I like structure, and I like discipline, and people doing the right thing. I don’t like the perception of me walking into a room and somebody saying, ‘Oh my God, one of those wrestlers’ because somebody screwed up the image. They tarnished the way people see us. Back in the old days, guys used to wreck hotel rooms and trash rental cars and all that dumb stuff. When I came into wrestling, they were like, ‘We’re out of cars. You’re one of those wrestlers. No, we’re not renting a car to you.’ It was like that. We had to re-create, re-establish the trust. Me, The Rock, and Kane, and D’Lo, and Brian Christopher, Scotty 2 Hotty – the young guys back then twenty years ago were reaping the benefits of people being butt holes. We had to fix that.” Henry attests that he and the wrestlers of his era worked too hard for their reputation to have it regress now.
That’s the last thing Vince McMahon wants is people having a harder time getting to work. One: I ain’t scared of nobody whooping my ass and Two: I’ve been there and done that enough where I know if I go to Vince and say, ‘Hey, he don’t respect nothing. His ass needs a fine. Maybe he’ll respect $1,500 taken out of his check.’
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