In my Monday column for the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, I talked to Mark Henry.
Henry talks to me about WWE calling him average after his 10 year contract expired and the pay cut he had to take. I asked him why he took the pay cut, why he is so good now and more.
In 1996, Henry carried “The World’s Strongest Man” title into the WWE. He signed a decade-long contract, and by the time it concluded, WWE had made it clear his career with the company wasn’t all they had hoped it would be.
“I was basically told I was middle of the road, and that I was average,” says Henry.
This is why Henry decided to stay, even though WWE cut his pay by 50 percent. Average wasn’t sitting well with WWE, and it definitely wasn’t going to sit well with Henry.
“I’ve never been average in my life in nothing,” he says. “I had to come back, prove to the world and this company ― the best that you got is not as good as I am. I’ve never been a failure. I don’t know what it would be like to be a failure.”
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