Mark Henry's future introduction to the WWE Hall of Fame was announced on March 19. On April 6, Henry was officially introduced to the WWE Hall of Fame by his old friend and rival Big Show. On April 27, at Greatest Royal Rumble, Henry participated in the 50-man Royal Rumble match by entering with the number 5 but was eliminated by Daniel Bryan and Dolph Ziggler.
Since joining the World Wrestling Federation (now WWE) in 1996, he has become a one-time WWF European Champion and a two-time world champion, having held the ECW Championship in 2008, and WWE's World Heavyweight Championship in 2011.
On the latest episode of The Broken Skull Sessions, 'Stone Cold' Steve Austin chatted with his fellow WWE Hall Of Famer, Mark Henry. Among many other things, Henry discussed how WWE Chairman Vince McMahon first contacted him about working together.
Mark Henry on Vince McMahon
"Vince McMahon called Terry Todd and got my phone number, and called me at the training center. And, mind you, I was a big-time [pro] wrestling fan still. About six other guys that were at the training center with me, they watched wrestling with me every Monday night, so I'm thinking, 'Hey Mark, phone call.'
'Alright.' I come down the hallway. We have a community phone. 'Hello?' 'This is Vince McMahon. Hey, how are you doing?' 'Okay, Wes.' Click, hung up on him!" Henry laughed. "So Terry calls, he's like, 'Mark, the phone!
Hello? What? Mark, I suggest you take this call.' 'Okay, my bad. Alright.' I hang up, and I'm standing there by the phone, and I'm shaking. I ain't afraid of [anything]. Steve, it's me!" Mark continued.
"I'll fight a bear with a switch, and I'm shaking. And because of my fandom, how much I loved [pro wrestling], the phone rings and I grab the phone. I mean, it's not even finished ringing. 'Hello?' He's like, 'Mark Henry?' I was like, 'I'm sorry I hung up.
I thought it was one of my friends.' He said, 'Oh, don't worry about it.' And he just said, 'Man, look, I hear you're a big [pro] wrestling fan.' I was like, 'Yes!' And he was like, 'I want you to come to Connecticut and see how we do stuff.
I fly to Connecticut, man. Man, I got to meet The Undertaker. I got to meet Yokozuna. And then, they told me, 'This is the way we do business. Our young guys take care of our old guys. Yokozuna needs someone to drive him to the shows.
That's you.' So I was Yoko's bag carrier [and] I'd drive him to the shows, and it was the best part of my whole [pro wrestling] career over winning the championship," Mark Henry said.