Mark Henry has had a long career with WWE that’s been full of ups and downs, but many fans feel that his Hall of Pain run was his best work.
Henry managed to capture the World Heavyweight Championship during that time period, and he also went toe to toe with some of the biggest names in the business.
The WWE Hall of Famer shared his thoughts on his career during an episode of E&C’s Pod of Awesomeness, and he agreed that he did his best work once he got comfortable with the Hall of Pain gimmick.
“That was probably my best work and I was given the word to do what I wanted, which I never had in my career. I had the freedom to have a promo segment against someone like John Cena, and I can go out there and say, listen, just because you won a bunch of championships, and just because the company is behind you and because you do Make-A-Wish and that everybody loves you, doesn’t mean that I do. When I see you on this date and this time, I am going to bury you and all of these people that clamor behind you are just a bunch of puppets. They love you because everybody else loves you, so they’re followers,” said Henry.
Henry went on to say that Vince McMahon told him not to hurt anybody, but beyond that he was given the freedom to do what he needed to do with the gimmick.
“Vince McMahon told me not to hurt anybody, but everything else is up to you. Very few people get that. I was able to parlay that into about a 3-year period of beating the bloody hell out of people and I got the go-ahead to do whatever I wanted to do and I think that it was all the years of me not hurting people. It was all the years of me being easy to work with and all the years paid off to go out there and do what I wanted to do. I had a lot of fun. That Hall of Pain run was great.”
H/T to Wrestling Inc. for the transcription.