Thursday, June 14, 2012

Mark Henry recently gave Hot 93.7 an interview speaking about his #hallofpain run in 2011, his injury, favorite rappers and wrestlers. It's not often we get to hear Mark speaking candidly about a range of topics, so hit the jump and get the motherlode and these points and more. Hurry back, Mark.

On his push to the main event in 2011: "It's not so much a push, that's all wrestling jargon. I paid my dues over the years to be one of the greatest wrestlers in the industry today. It's not about what everybody else thinks it is. It's about what it really is: fan support. I got a lot of fan support.

"I did my due diligence, I'm one of the best wrestlers on the planet. That's the end of it."

On how disappointed he was with his injury: "Well, it's a part of the business. Everybody has injuries. I'm in the process of healing up and I'll be 100% when I come back. If I come back. We'll see what happens.

"I [injured myself] at Survivor Series, so, it was three months (of wrestling injured). It is what it is. Everybody out there is hurting with something. ... It's what athlete's do. You fight injuries, you try to do it to the best of your abilities and you pray and hope that on the day of the competition or the event, that you're 100% or that you're well enough to get it done."

On his top five all-time wrestlers: "Andre would come first. He would sell out more cards in history. The Rock and Hulk Hogan -- I would put right there at a tie. Ric Flair, Triple H and Shawn Michaels. It would be like a three-way tie between them. The Undertaker. You know, it's hard not to put The Undertaker in the same breath as Hogan and Rock because not only has he served more years as them, but collectively, I'm sure he's sold out and made more money than all of them."

On the match he's been in of which he is most proud: "There are a lot of different matches for different reasons. I'm most proud of being in the ring with The Undertaker at WrestleMania 22. But, I've had so many break-through moments in my career that picking one would be doing my career a disservice."

On whether or not he plans to come back and the prospects of retirement: "They say (I'll be back in) three months. Athletes always come back sooner than that. It's up to me. Right now, there's a lot of things on my mind as far as my career is concerned. I just have to get all that addressed before I think about coming back.

"(Once I do retire), I'm definitely going to do some TV and film. I've turned down more stuff than I can sit here and name. I have aspirations of having my own company or working with WWE in the developmental process. There's a lot I can do. ... I don't know if I can train, but I don't have the tolerance for all the bull.

"A lot of people think they know more than you. I wouldn't be able to put up with it. I don't have the aptitude to coach or instruct. But, front a booker or agent stand point, I'd be able to do that."

On his favorite rappers of all time: "If I was going to start, I would say Biggie because I'm just a Biggie fan. 'Pac, Eminem, Rakim, KRS-One. For his tenure, nobody in the game has been more than LL Cool J. So, you always have to put people in that place for their body of work. Who's had more albums than LL Cool J?"

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