Imagine every bone in your body being crushed into sawdust while you struggle to take a breath. Either you’re about to become python food, or you’re on the business end of Mark Henry’s World’s Strongest Slam.
Henry burst on the scene at the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona, where he competed in weightlifting in the super-heavyweight division. Three years later, at the Pan American Games, Henry captured a gold, silver and bronze medal. Henry’s intimidating size and weightlifting prowess earned the attention of WWE, who signed him in 1996. From there, the new Superstar joined the infamous Nation of Domination, where he established himself as a ruthless and powerful big man — traits he channeled to earn first prize in the 2002 “World’s Strongest Man” competition at the Arnold Schwarzenegger Classic. Hence, the moniker he carries today, 15 years after debuting in WWE, where Mark Henry stands at a terrifying peak.
After years in and out of WWE fans’ favor, Henry reached the zenith in 2011, becoming 50 pounds leaner and embracing the huge chip lingering on his shoulder. Capable of feats like folding a frying pan and hoisting an automobile, The World’s Strongest Man unleashed a newly embraced aggression to establish his very own “Hall of Pain” of wounded victims en route to his first-ever World Heavyweight Championship at Night of Champions in September 2011. Most recently, he challenged for the vacant Intercontinental Championship at WWE Elimination Chamber 2015, making his return as a substitute for the injured Rusev.
Injuries can’t stop him, and neither can Superstars such as Shawn Michaels, The Undertaker, Kane and Big Show — all of whom have been scraped from his boots at some point in his career.
With a wealth of experience, the steady concentration of an ER surgeon, and the temper of Bruce Banner, the scariest thing about Mark Henry isn’t the fact that he’s The World’s Strongest Man — it’s the fact that he’s just getting started.