The Worlds Strongest Man
The world of bodybuilding and professional wrestling have been intermingling for decades now, but arguably the most successful bodybuilder to ever enter the professional wrestling realm may be “The Worlds Strongest Man” Mark Henry. Prior to entering the professional wrestling world in 1996, Henry had an amazing run as a professional bodybuilder that includes a total of fourteen championships and a pair of appearances in the Summer Olympics (1992 & 1996). Henry, to this day, still holds the Silsbee High School weight lifting record (600 pounds) that he set in 1989. By the time he was eighteen years old, Henry had already earned four championships in weight lifting at the high school level.
Henry would make his way to World Wrestling Entertainment (then WWF, now WWE) in 1996 and immediately would begin to feud with Jerry “The King” Lawler. Henry would astound wrestling fans with his feats of strength both inside and outside of the squared circle, including the ability to lift cars and bend pans, amongst other feats. Henry would not make a major impact on his own in the wrestling business for a little while, but he became part of a faction known as The Nation Of Domination with a future movie star known as Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. Henry would even feud with the resident female bodybuilder of the WWE, Joanie “Chyna” Laurer, the feud would eventually lead to a romantic entanglement between the duo. The two would even clash in a memorable handicapped match, with X-Pac, on an episode of WWE Raw.
Henry would capture the WWE European Title in 1999 after it was awarded to him by then champion J4eff Jarrett, he would only hold the belt for a month. It would be nearly a decade before Henry would win another championship, but it would be the biggest run of his career. Henry, managed by the legendary Tony Atlas, would be the Extreme Championship Wrestling Heavyweight Champion and hold the gold for nearly a year, before losing it to current UFC fighter CM Punk. Henry would not be without gold for long as he would achieve the benchmark moment of his career at the 2012 WWE Night Of Champions event, where he would defeat Randy Orton to become the WWE World Heavyweight Champion.Let us not forget either than Mark Henry has appeared in some feature films as well, including the comedies MacGruber and A Haunted House 2, plus he will be appearing in an upcoming supernatural horror film called Incarnate.
Henry has proven over the two-plus decades he has been either a bod6ybuilder, pro wrestler or even an actor that he is talented enough and driven enough to tackle just about any opportunity that comes his way. Henry is still competed in the WWE to this day, a little over twenty years since his WWE debut against Jerry “The King” Lawler. In recent months, the former bodybuilding star and current WWE superstar has stated his intentions to retire from the world of professional wrestling to pursue some other goals. Henry has achieved a lot in the world of professional bodybuilding with nearly twenty top three finishes, a lot in pro wrestling as well with a plethora of championships under his belt and even breaking into the world of feature film…which goes to show that this bodybuilding great has the midas touch wherever he decides to go.