During AEW's last Pay Per View a few weeks ago at Double or Nothing, the federation of Tony Khan wanted to give several surprises to its fans and among these the biggest was probably the engagement of former WWE star Mark Henry.
He has signed an agreement with the number two company in the United States where he will go as a trainer and commentator in anticipation of the company's upcoming new shows. During the last episode of Busted Open Radio, former WWE star Mark Henry talked about why he left WWE and talked about some of his conversations with WWE Chairman Vince McMahon.
Mark Henry joined AEW in May
In the course of the interview Mark Henry stated: "I have always wanted to be a manager, I am a person who wants his words to be heard and that everyone appreciates my work. In wrestling you have one match, then another and another series of matches and people appreciate you for what you do in the ring.
In the office world it's different, you have to have the 'balls' and you have to make people say Mark Henry made that choice and I appreciate that. Mine is not vanity, I just want to be ambitious. My farewell to WWE? My contract had long since expired, it's not a recent thing, let's talk about five or six months ago, I wanted to work in the office and the situation led to this.
I talked to Vince McMahon and he said write this your proposal and I'll evaluate. I was told, however, that there would be several cuts between wrestlers and between people at the company and this made me feel bad. In general I thought I wanted to do more and eventually I had to find a new opportunity somewhere, I succeeded.
The relationship with Vince? He and I are very close, there is mutual respect between us. One day I went to him and told him that someone under him was holding me, I didn't have what I wanted, no more money and above all there wasn't the job I wanted.
He said to me 'Dude if you feel you have to go, then go. I know you will always be successful, that's what you want. I will not betray you and no one here will ever say that Mark Henry was unfaithful." Mark Henry continued: "I have been federal and loyal for 25 years, they offered me more money and I didn't leave, it's not all perfect but I felt like in a family.
I had a good experience in WWE." Former WWE Superstars including Hulk Hogan and Ric Flair have signed 'Legends' contracts with the company in recent years. The contract enables WWE to use their likeness for merchandise and other WWE-related deals. Mark Henry worked under a 'Legends' contract after his in-ring career ended.