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"Somebody gonna get his ass kicked Somebody gonna get his wig split Beat him up, break his neck Beat him up, break his neck"
Mark Henry is a two-time U.S. Olympic Festival Champion and holds the WDFPF world records in the squat, deadlift and total. He also holds 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.Naturally all that raw power would lend itself well to Monday Night Raw. Mark Henry is also professional wrestler, dubbed "The World's Strongest Man", and is an 18-year veteran of WWE. He has won both the World Heavyweight Championship and WWE's version of the ECW Championship.You can read all about his career over on That Other Wiki.
"The World's Strongest Tropes!":
Acrofatic: Earlier in his career, he could perform sunset flips and such. Injuries grounded him for the most part.
Angry Black Man: As part of The Nation Of Domination in its various incarnations. Mark Henry was one of if not its most frequent members. Also when being managed by Theodore Long and tagging with Rodney Mack. His 2011 heel run was this in full force with a dose of Scary Black Man thrown in the mix.
Ascended Fanboy: Grew up as a fan of André the Giant. When attending one of Andre's matches, young Mark Henry accidentally fell over the fan barricade and was picked up and placed back on the other side by Andre.
Badass Beard: He ended up growing a very thick beard after returning around 2004.
"You can't beat me with strength. Speed can't beat me. You're gonna find out, YOU, JUST, CAN'T, BEAT, ME... PERIOD! I am the world's strongest man! You better be worried about surviving through the night."
"If I charge for air, you keep your bill paid!"
Bad Ass Santa: Has been known to play the part of "The World's Strongest Santa."
Brilliant but Lazy: Said about him on WWE.com during his 2003 Raw return. Specifically, that everything before that point had been him being lazy but he now had a "new" work ethic, in an attempt to make him seem more dangerous.
Brother-Sister Incest: Because Vincent Kennedy McMahon has a fascination with incest it seems, trauma from sex with his sister when he was eight years old was used as the Freudian Excuse for Mark Henry's turn against D'Lo Brown (didn't make sense then either). Thankfully the WWF decided to stop mentioning it, and they simply implied that he betrayed D'Lo in exchange for a night with Debra and Miss Kitty.
Charles Atlas Super Power: In Real Life. Dude lifted a Hummer. Henry still holds records in dead lift and squat for drug-free powerlifting despite the fact that a.) He set them back in 1995 and b.) He retired from powerlifting in his early twenties, long before most powerlifters hit their peak.
Combination Attack: He debuted a double team finisher with Big Show in which Mark lifts the opponent, Show performs his KO punch and Henry drops him with the World's Strongest Slam.
Compliment Backfire: To everybody who tried to congratulate him after he became the World Heavyweight Champion.
Curb-Stomp Battle: Has won many through his career. If it is during his occasional pushes, you better count his matches which are not Curb Stomp Battles. If it is during his more frequent jobbing seasons, you can unfortunately count many.
It's said that Henry was choked out by former UFC fighter Ron Waterman during an attempt at having him paying his dues back in OVW. They ended it friendly, however.
David Versus Goliath: Unless he's going up against someone like Kane or The Big Show, Mark Henry is always Goliath. Subverted in his encounters with Daniel Bryan, as (so far) Mark Henry has always come out on top.
Death from Above: From 2003 to 2006, he used occasionally a Yokozuna-esque Banzai Drop with this name. He later changed it to an unnamed corner slingshot splash. Before that he was noted for the elevation he (used) to be able to get on his running splash.
Fat and Skinny: Whenever he's tagging with someone smaller than him - which is pretty much everyone on the active roster except for The Big Show and BrodusClay. That said, a couple of Henry's regular tag partners have been on the slight side even as wrestlers are concerned - like Evan Bourne, for example.
Fat Bastard: His feud with D'Lo Brown began with Mark Henry letting himself go and getting out of shape. However, Mark did not appreciate D-Lo's efforts and eventually attacked him at Summer Slam. After losing to D'Lo in match though he decided to get serious about getting back into shape...and admitted he had let himself go because he was too busy having sex and in fact was addicted it it. Thus began the joke fans would never let him forget, sexual chocolate.
The World's Strongest Slam (a high-angle falling powerslam) and his older finisher, the big splash (which stopped being a full-time finisher after he lost most of his jumping height).
His first finisher was a Canadian backbreaker rack, which he used only once.
He also used the Bear Hug, a move he occasionally gets back for recent times.
In 2006, he often finished jobbers with more outlandish moves, like an inverted chokeslam, a chokehold STO and the Death From Above (banzai drop). He also used a full nelson slam for a match in OVW against Dan Rodimer, notable because it was actually Rodimer's finisher.
Fire-Forged Friends: In 2001, Henry was brought to OVW by Kenny Bolin to his stable to destroy Big Show, but Henry ended losing most of his matches against him due to Bolin's misguided interferences and Bad Boss traits, and finally turned against him and allied with Show. They expressed that despite their differences, they were together against Bolin Services.
From Nobody to Nightmare: Spent a year as a face jobber to the stars, with The Worf Effect setting in on his "World's Strongest Man" moniker. Then he spent several months ripping Big Show, Kane, and Sheamus to shreds and defeated Randy Orton clean for the title, cementing him as WWE's number one monster heel. Inverted after WrestleMania. Maybe in part due to his injuries, he's been conspicuous by his absence.
During his "monster heel push" in 2011, Henry smashed the ankles of The Big Show, Kane, Vladimir Kozlov and The Great Khali with steel chairs, forcing them out of action. (He even calls this group his "Hall of Pain"). For at least two of them it did break the game, as Khali's been little more than a jobber since and Kozlov never appeared again.
His groin injury that led to him dropping his World Title.
Shortly before the 1996 Olympics Mark badly injured his back, leading to a disappointing performance and his eventual retirement from professional weightlifting.
Gentle Giant: Towards kids as a face, such as in the 2013 Battle For Christmas promo.
Groin Attack: Unsure if he could beat The Big Show in his last championship match, he simply kicked Show in the balls. (Since the title cannot change hands via DQ, he remained the champion.) Big Show was... not pleased.
Hair-Trigger Temper: Especially after Big Show tried and failed to break his leg. From then on his mission in WWE was to destroy and he did not need much excuse to harm anyone or otherwise go berserk, interpreting everything in a manner most offensive to him.
Hard Head: He frequently uses a high-impact headbutt.
Heel-Face Revolving Door: For whatever reason, fans seem to love him, even when his performance level is not at its best and he has always been a charismatic figure who can make them eat out of his hand. On the other hand, it is pretty easy to turn fans against him by having "The World's Strongest Man" bully a smaller wrestler they also like, not to mention his association with race baiting stables.
He's Back: Averted on the 2/04/13 Raw. After returning from a yearlong injury, he screamed "I ain't never left!" to a fan chanting "Welcome back."
Killer Gorilla: His old nickname "The Silverback". He even used to pound his chest as a taunt during 2006-2007.
Kingpin in His Gym: Very often a lot less literal than most examples, as Mark Henry is often seen making deliberate demonstrations in areas one wouldn't consider working out in. He once strapped two semi trucks together and then (after an initial failure) started pulling across a track to prove Sheamus couldn't beat him in a strap match.
A more legitimate example would be during his reading of a poem he wrote in honor of the late Owen Hart following the latter's untimely death.
Mean Boss: Even as a face he was this to Tony Atlas, who was his manager in WWECW. This cost him a match when Luke Gallows and CM Punk had teamed up on Mark Henry and Tony was not around because Mark declined his offer for help.
Mighty Glacier: From at least 2003 onward and a few periods before it too
Moral Myopia: Despite repeatedly breaking people's legs himself just because he can, he gets mad at The Big Show for trying to do it to him.
Nice Job Fixing It, Villain: Hey Mark, remember how you took out Kane? Who was suffering from a bit of Badass Decay the last time we saw him? Yea, well, he's back now, and badder than ever. And he has his mask back on. Good news though, he's going after John Cena.
Power Stable: Was a member of The Nation of Domination with The Rock, Faarooq, D'Lo Brown and Kama Mustafa, then the Nation after the Rock went from Dragon-in-Chief to The Starscream and overthrew Faarooq on the Raw after WrestleMania XIV, later recruiting Owen Hart. Also of Thuggin and Buggin Industries with Teddy Long, Rodney Mack, Jazz and Christopher Nowinski.
Precision F-Strike: His current WWE character promo ends with a him saying "...someone's gonna get their ass kicked." Since this is PGWWE, the line is put through a heavy filter to make it sound scary and unintelligible but it's not really hard to hear it.
Was "indefinitely" suspended for putting his hands on Teddy Long. This was so he could take time off to heal, as he suffered a knee injury on top off his groin injury. Although The Bus Came Back in a relatively short order, first appearing on the Elimination Chamber PPV endorsing John Laurinaitis for Raw and Smackdown GM, then on Raw, then finally Smackdown.
World's Strongest Man. Interesting point; the title is semi-legit. He was on the U.S. Olympic Weightlifting team in the early nineties, though injury eventually sidelined his Gold Medal chances. He won the Arnold Strongman Classic in 2002 at the age of 31, and still holds several world records in powerlifting to this day. While he may not be TheWorld's Strongest Man anymore, he's typically acknowledged in the sport as being one of the strongest men on earth.
He's also used "Sexual Chocolate," "The King of the Jungle" and "The Silverback."note Yes, the same one that Ryan Reeves used earlier in his career.
Look at him. Just look at him. And he's in a good mood in that picture.
The latest production of his ring entrance ratchets this up even more. When he steps out from behind the curtain to head towards the ring, the camera view shifts to showing the back of his head as he steps forward; the shadowy effect is like an eclipse forming on the entire arena.
If he faces someone who can match him in strength, this is his usual reaction. For example, when he faced Kane in arm wrestling, when Kane was on the verge of winning, Mark punched him in the face with his other hand, then gave him a No-Holds-Barred Beatdown.
More recently, when Ryback was on the verge of beating his record in the bench press challenge, Mark Henry grabbed the barbell and forced it down against Ryback's throat.
Squash Match: Many, both won and lost (the latter mostly during his Sexual Chocolate run).
Stout Strength: Exactly the kind of build that's typical for competitors in "world's strongest man" competitions.
Took a Level in Badass/Badass Decay: His 2011 Face-Heel Turn saw him turn from a midcard face with Informed Ability into a midcard heel with slightly less Informed Ability and a bad attitude. Then his angle with The Big Show took off, and Henry turned into The Juggernaut, taking four men out of action (it's notable that all of them were Super Heavyweights, to boot). This led to a World Title run where he pinned Randy Orton clean in a match that really was not all that close. Once he dropped the title (to The Big Show, who lost it to Daniel Bryanabout two minutes later), he degenerated into another common brute again and didn't seem quite as threatening. He even lost several weeks of television time as well as a PPV to an injury. Then, when Teddy Long and John Laurinaitis were in a storyline power struggle over WWE's two main brands, Henry looked to be on his way to becoming a nigh-unstoppable menace again. Then he got injured. Now he's back, running roughshod over anyone he comes into contact with.
No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: He's been delivering several ever since the Big Show attempted to break his ankle with a steel chair. Mark Henry instead turned the table's and broke Show's...and several others after that.
Roaring Rampage of Revenge: He's upset with management for what he feels was years of misuse. Unfortunately for the Smackdown locker room, they were the ones he was taking it out on. And then it was John Cena on Raw because Mark Henry believed he had never gotten an honest shot at what was then Cena's WWE Championship. (So far, Big Show and Daniel Bryan seem like the only targets who really deserved it, all the others were victims he had to compile to get his point across.)
Villain Song: "Somebody's gonna get their ass kicked...somebody's gonna get their wig split! ...BEAT 'EM UP! (Beat 'em up!) BREAK HIS NECK! (Break his neck!)". Crowning Music of Awesome: Three Six Mafia once performed the song live as Henry was coming down to the ring. He then proceeded to utterly destroyChris Benoit, who was no pushover.
Villainous Valor: After Big Show broke his ankle with a steel chair, Mark Henry complained about it loudly but did still manage to keep competing by taping it up.