Mark Henry on His Return to Wrestling and Incredible Weight Loss
Things like weight gain, fitness, and aging contributed to his decision to call it quits as a professional wrestler.
But now, the 50-year-old wrestler, whose real name is Mark Jerrold Henry, has worked on his fitness and weight, resulting in a major weight loss and dramatic transformation.
On May 21, 2021, Henry took to Twitter to show off his transformed body and wrote that he wanted to shed 20 pounds further.
"You look great Mark! I bet you feel like a million bucks," a fan tweeted, appreciating his body transformation.
Debuted on All Elite Wrestling
After revealing himself as a fit man again, Henry went on to make his debut for All Elite Wrestling (AEW) on May 30, 2021, at Double or Nothing.
No, he didn't fight with anyone at that time but was announced as a part of the commentary team and a coach for AEW's new show AEW Rampage. The show is slated to premiere every Friday, starting from August 13, 2021.
"I'm not here to fix AEW. AEW is not broken. What I'm here to do is turn the screws, as we say on Busted Open. So that, my friends, is what I'm here to do," he said during his debut appearance.
When asked if he would ever get back in the ring again, Henry stated that although he won't say yes instantly, he had a lot left in the tank.
Why He Intends to Return?
Speaking on The Hall of Fame with Booker T & Brad Gilmore podcast in April this year, the WWE Hall of Fame inductee shared that he wished to return to the game as a wrestler one more time.
He explained, saying many kids didn't get to see him wrestle. "That they only saw me on YouTube. It’s been enough time that has passed," he added.
Henry also expressed his sadness at having to quit before he got his last match. Hence, he was sorry, as he had lied to everyone that he was leaving and retiring, but in reality, he still wanted his last game.
But, I did not get that match where you go and pay tribute to the fans and you go and you wrestle somebody that’s up and coming that’s talented and you give them, what we call, the rub.
Due to these reasons, Henry, also an Olympic weightlifter, intends to return to the ring, entertain his fans and call it quits afterward.
The three-time US National Weightlifting champion further revealed that he shed a staggering 80 pounds (38 kilograms) during his weight loss regimen. He even stated it would not be easy for anyone to defeat him.
Henry first rose to prominence when he participated in the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona. In 1995, he won the gold, silver, and bronze medal at the Pan American Games. His intimidating size and weightlifting prowess led WWE to sign him for the first time in 1996.