Mark Jerrold Henry is an American former powerlifter, Olympic weightlifter, strongman and professional wrestler. He is currently signed to the WWE under the Legends contract, where he also works as a backstage producer. Prior to becoming a professional wrestler, Henry was a successful weightlifter, and participated at the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona, Spain, where he placed tenth in the super heavyweight division. Three years later, he won a gold medal in the super heavyweight division at the 1995 Pan American Games. The following year, he became a North America, Central America, Caribbean Islands (NACACI) champion. The World Wrestling Federation sponsored Henry at the 1996 Summer Olympics and he was signed to a ten-year contract in professional wrestling.
Henry is a three-time U.S. National Weightlifting Champion (1993, 1994, 1996), an American Open winner (1992), a two-time U.S. Olympic Festival Champion (1993 and 1994) and a NACAC champion (1996). He holds all three Senior US American weightlifting records of 1993–1997. In 2002 he won the first annual Arnold Strongman Classic.
As a powerlifter, he was WDFPF World Champion (1995) and a two-time U.S. National Champion(1995 and 1997) as well as an all-time raw world record holder in the squat and deadlift. Currently, he still holds the WDFPF world records in the squat, deadlift and total and the USAPL American record in the deadlift since 1995. He is credited for the biggest raw squat and raw powerlifting total ever performed by a drug tested athlete, regardless of weight class, as well as the greatest raw deadlift by an American citizen.
In recognition of the achievements of Mark Henry, WWE induced him in the Hall of Fame, Class of 2018.
Henry was signed by the WWF after the 1996 Summer Olympics, but he had already made his appearance for Vince McMahon’s which spelled the beginning of a feud with Jerry Lawler. He won his first title, the WWF European Championship after helping Jeff Jarrett win against his former stablemate D’Lo Brown.
He won the ECW Championship in his debut match in the brand, and went on to win the World Heavyweight Championship from Randy Orton at the Night of Champions.
After a career of over 20 years at the WWE, WrestleMania 33 saw the retirement of Mark Henry. WWE would offer him a backstage role where he would keep on making cameos.
World Wrestling Federation/Entertainment/WWE
- ECW Championship (1 time)
- World Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
- WWF European Championship (1 time)
- WWE Hall of Fame (Class of 2018)
- Slammy Award (3 times)
- Mark Henry
- “The World’s Strongest Man”
- “Sexual Chocolate”
- “The Texas Silverback”
- World's Strongest Slam (High-angle falling powerslam)
- World's Strongest Splash (Running Splash)
- Torture Rack Backbreaker
- Body avalanche
- Military press slam
- Scoop Powerslam
- Leapfrog Body Guillotine
- Military Press Drop
- "Some Bodies Gonna Get It" by Three 6 Mafia
- "Sexual Chocolate" performed by Stevan Swann and composed by Jim Johnston
People also ask
Is Mark Henry actually the World’s Strongest Man?
Henry proved himself worthy of the title, as his numerous records and titles in weightlifting and powerlifting show.
Did Mark Henry win an Olympic Medal?
No. He participated in the 1992 and 1996 Summer Olympics, but was unable to win a medal.