It sounds like Mark Henry may be retiring. For real this time.
The 46-year-old WWE Superstar joined Ron Simmons and Charles Wright for a Nation of Domination reunion on a recent episode of Table for 3. Henry was earnest when the conversation shifted to the end of his career:
"I can't believe it sometimes, it's 21 years. And as we all know, that Father Time is undefeated and my time is coming to an end. I'll go from being a talent to an employee here in a few months.
I'm just looking forward to making that transition and helping all of these young guys and girls that are coming in beneath us.
That's kind of been my plight in the business since y'all been gone is basically helping the company re-stock with new talent and people that understand to be responsible to what we do."
The genuine take has yet to be mentioned on WWE television, but it sounds like this one is happening, folks. Henry is bound to make a final TV appearance before it's all said and done, so be on the watch for that.
Henry did sound like he would be staying with WWE in a behind-the-scenes role so we won't be seeing the last of him.
Signing after the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta, to a ten-year contract, Henry is one of the longest tenured superstars on the active roster, next to the Undertaker and Triple H. Henry was billed as the World's Strongest Man, and rightfully so. Henry still holds world records for deadlift, squat, and total in weight lifting that he set in 1995.
Upon arriving, Henry was outfitting with an all-American gimmick, even decked out in the Stars and Stripes and an instant feud with Jerry Lawler. After a string of injuries, Henry came back and later became a member of the Nation of Domination. After the Nation disbanded in 1998, Henry started calling himself "Sexual Chocolate", which was one of the most risque gimmicks in WWE history, but fit right in with their, at the time, new Attitude Era.
Henry is a two-time World Champion in the WWE having held the ECW Championship and the World Heavyweight Championship as well. He has victories over future Hall of Famers like Triple H and the Rock and hopefully will get a chance to be entered into the Hall himself one day.