Wrestling: Mark Henry

Worlds Strongest Man
"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 very high jumping leg drops, but injuries grounded him for the most part. However, he occasionally brings it again, especially in 2006, when he did a memorable apron-to-table flying splash to Kurt Angle. Also, only months before, he showed esentially a non-flying version of Último Guerrero's Guerrero Special to finish Rey Mysterio.
  • All American Face: His original wrestling gimmick back in 1996 featured a star-spangled outfit, among other patriotic stuff.
  • A Man Is Always Eager: Esentially the whole Sexual Chocolate gimmick, which was defined as a "big guy with a big appetite". This was eventually exploited by Jeff Jarrett and Viscera, who made him betray his tag team partners in exchange for female company.
  • Amazon Chaser: Towards Chyna, who apparently was a case of All Amazons Want Hercules as well.
  • 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.
  • Arch-Enemy: The Big Show and Kane are the main ones, given they have clashed many times since their respective careers's startings. Though he has also teamed up with him several times, Randy Orton is another significative one, and more recently, Sheamus and Ryback are similar rivals.
  • 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 always sported some beard, but ended up growing a very thick one after returning around 2004.
  • Badass Boast
    • "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."
  • Bald of Awesome: After he shaved off his braids.
  • Bash Brothers: With D'Lo Brown after the Nation of Domination, at least until he betrayed him.
  • Beard of Evil: Even when you can not hear him speaking, that beard is a statement all its own.
  • Beat Them at Their Own Game: At Survivor Series 2011, The Big Show snared Henry's leg in a chair and leg-dropped it.
  • Big Beautiful Man: Apparently. How else would Sexual Chocolate make any sense (well, a sex addict could make sense a lot of ways but not the way the ever so classy WWF had it play out).
  • The Big Guy (Face): Especially when he was a member of Team Kofi Kingston for the survivor series.
  • Blatant Lies: In order to impress Chyna during their date, Henry coerced D-Lo Brown into disguising himself and being his limo chauffeur. Naturally Chyna saw through the disguise and asked if he was D-Lo, which prompted Henry to say "Naw, naw, that ain't D'Lo". Most incredibly, she apparently bought it.
  • Blood Knight: Yes. Well usually he's willing to fight the biggest dog in the yard, even when it's not the best idea, as Jonathan Coachman had criticized him for.
  • Book Dumb: A side effect of dyslexia is having this reputation.
  • Braids of Action: In 2002, and they were rather iconic, until he shaved it in 2013.
  • Breakup Break Out: It took him awhile, but ultimately his star has shined brighter than former tag-team partners D-Lo Brown, Rodney Mack, and Montel Vontavious Porter (MVP), and can be considered the most succesful Nation of Domination alumni besides The Rock.
  • 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 psychosexual problems. Thankfully the WWF decided to stop mentioning it.
  • The Brute (Heel): In the Nation Of Domination.
  • Bumbling Sidekick: Was one to D-Lo Brown for years after the Nation breaking up. Henry esentially was the big twerp who did all the possible to aid his partner's championship runs.
  • Catch Phrase: "THAT'S WHAT I DO!", usually after utterly destroying someone in the ring.
  • Canon Discontinuity
    • Storyline with Mae Young and a pregnancy? What are you talking about? She gave birth to a what? A hand?!
    • Averted as of the 1000th episode of Raw. They had Mae Young with her "son" who was now all grown up. That is, they had a person in a large hand costume.
  • 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 lifted the opponent, Show performed his KO Punch and Henry dropped him with the World's Strongest Slam.
  • Compliment Backfire: To everybody who tried to congratulate him after he became the World Heavyweight Champion.
  • Celebrity Resemblance: To Rick Ross especially after he shaves his head.
  • The Corruptible: As Sexual Chocolate. Many wrestlers took advantage on his sex fixation to defeat him or gain his loyalty, among them Jeff Jarrett, The Godfather and Viscera.
  • Costume Copy Cat: As Markswoggle on the orders of Raw guest hosts Jeremy Piven and Dr. Ken, who wanted Mark Henry to take out Chavo Guerrero for some reason...it makes sense in context, sort of...
  • 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.
  • Dating Catwoman: With Chyna, given that both were in rival stables a the time of their affair. However, she dumped him at the end.
  • 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.
  • Distracted by the Sexy: The reason behind Sexual Chocolate's frequents loses was his tendency to halt the course of matches to drool after his opponent's pretty valet, leaving himself open to attacks. That and the fact that he was still a Dumb Muscle (see below).
  • Duel of Seduction: Sexual Chocolate had one for weeks against Debra, Jeff Jarrett's valet, due to their respective gimmicks being respectively of a woman-eater and a man-eater. Long after closed the feud, Jarrett and Debra ended gaining Henry's loyalty, but only after adding Miss Kitty and offering Henry a night with Debra and Kitty.
  • Dumb Muscle: More or less averted for most of his career, as although never a scheming villain, Henry was typically savvy enough to use his strenght the right way. However, this trait was played quite exaggerated during the Attitude Era, when he was treated as a lubric simpleton who easily got distracted. It took a trek to Ohio Valley Wrestling to remove this burden.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: He appeared in RAW segments before his debut in 1996, press slamming Jerry Lawler in response to some critics and laughing at Big Van Vader when he taunted him in the ringside.
  • Everything Is Big in Texas: He's from Silsbee.
  • Fainting: He fainted when Chyna proposed him a three-way with her and her friend Sammy [[who ended not being exactly what she looked.]]
  • Fat and Skinny: Whenever he's tagging with someone smaller than him, which is pretty much everyone at his career time except for The Big Show and the defunct Viscera/Big Daddy V. 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: Has been heavy and evil for most of his career, and his most succesful times have been the moments in which he was heaviest and evilest.
  • Finishing Move
    • 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.
  • Flanderization: Initially, Henry's Sexual Chocolate moniker referred to his ladies man facet, shown up during his affairs with Chyna and Ivory, but he was still a serious wrestler who could kick ass. However, his character derived over time into such a perverted wrestler that he betrayed his best friend for sex. And then, some months after, he became a sex addict maniac who had way more interest in females than the matches themselves.
  • For the Evulz: After betraying The Rock to disband Nation of Domination, Mark Henry, D-Lo Brown and The Godfather appeared to form a three band stable, but then Henry and Brown turned on Godfather for no discernible reason and formed their lasty tag team instead.
  • 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.
  • Game-Breaking Injury:
    • 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 called 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.
  • The Giant: After his weight gain around 2005 he became a full-fledged one, if not in height (and Mark is not short neither) in size, strenght and meanness.
  • Glass Cannon: Has gotten injured a lot. (But I wouldn't call him this to his face).
  • 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.
  • Harem Seeker: Sexual Chocolate never have enough female company, so even after getting the date with Chyna, he invited the Pretty Mean Sisters (who had incidentally aided him and D-Lo Brown in a match) for a private party. Thing is that it backfired when the they instead put him in an unwanted BDSM who made Henry and D-Lo lose a match. Chyna came later to drive them away from Mark, but Brown wouldn't be so lucky and he ended in a fake miscarriage scheme by the PMS.
  • Heel-Face Revolving Door: For whatever reason, some 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."
  • Hero Killer: In his 2011 heel push he's injured The Big Show, Kane, and Vladimir Koslov before pinning Randy Orton clean. The first one came back to bite him, when The Big Show returned on a Roaring Rampage of Revenge.
  • Hired Guns: Melina hired him to take out Dave Batista for MNM.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: A recurrent fail in Henry's game sees him dominating his opponent, only to try an impossibly risky flying move and let his opponent roll away to have Henry crashing against the mat. The prefered move choices have been the corner slingshot splash, a second rope diving one or the Death From Above, but around 2010 it happened with a simple seated senton which Mark started trying to use against everybody and never ever connected.
    • Ironically, Henry was victim of a seated senton at his PPV match against Vader in 1998, when he was getting the upper hand of the brawl until he thought trying a sunset flip (yes, a sunset flip, and it actually connected) was a good idea.
  • Hypocrite: He questions The Big Show's leg drop onto a chair: "Who does this to people?"
  • The Juggernaut: His 2006 run, and later his 2011 Hall of Pain, push pretty much. It as also attempted during the Thuggin' and Buggin' gimmick but that was all put to rest when a Raw debuting Chris Benoit dislocated his shoulder.
  • Kick Them While They Are Down: Breaking people's ankles during the "Hall of pain" gimmick, thanks to The Big Show.
  • Killer Gorilla: His old nickname "The Silverback", in which he even used to pound his chest as a taunt. Behind the scenes, he stopped doing the gimmick for evident racist overtones.
  • 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.
  • Legion of Doom: Inverted, as APPLE (he, Santino Marella, Daniel Bryan and Evan Bourne) were the good guys banding together against the Corre.
  • Let's Get Dangerous: After Viscera splashed Mae Young, Henry faced him in a match in No Way Out 2000, but predictably Viscera ragdolled Sexual Chocolate around, and when Young tried to check Mark, he threw her to the ground and threatened another splash. But then Henry got angry, blocked him and slammed the 500 pound down, pinning him for the win. Lifting Viscera up, at the time, was a feat which only Big Show had done, and only Test and Bobby Lashley would get him the following years.
  • Lightning Bruiser: Back when he was light enough to be only barely a superheavyweight, roughly from 1996 to 2000, Henry could put some lineal speed during his running body avalanche attacks. Logically he lacked mobility overall, so their opponents could get out of his way.
  • Likes Older Women: About Mae Young.
  • Made of Iron: Henry endured some deep punishment in his matches against Vader and Viscera, including slams, drops, suplexes, ladder crashes, and he got the win in both.
  • Manly Tears
    • During his (fortunately kayfabely) revelation as a sex addict, and the explanation of his betrayal of D-Lo Brown.
    • During his fake retirement speech.
    • 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.
  • Oh, Crap:
    • Had this reaction when a masked Kane returned. Although, fortunately for him, he was not the target
    • Also his reaction to The Undertaker's ring entrance.
    • Also causes this. What other reaction is appropriate when a 400-pound Angry Black Man starts stalking his way to the ring?
  • Politically Incorrect Villain: By proxy of being in the latter group, at first.
  • 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.
  • Put on a Bus
    • 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.
    • He was then out for more than eight months due to surgery to his shoulder. He came back to Raw on the January 4th edition of Raw, laying waste to Rey Mysterio Jr, Sin Cara and Daniel Bryan.
  • Real Life Writes the Plot
    • Has had to be written out of several angles due to injury during his career.
    • Was also recently written back into a storyline due to another superstar's injury when WWE was planning to let him stay on the shelf to heal for another month or so.
  • Red Baron
    • 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 The World'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 
  • Real Men Wear Pink: His "retirement" speech.
  • Salt and Pepper: When Ivory was his and D'Lo Brown's manager in 1999.
  • Scary Black Man
    • 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.
  • Screaming Warrior: He's well known for his loud outbursts during matches nowadays.
  • Signature Move: Among them it's notable the leapfrog body guillotine, which at his Sexual Chocolate times was nicknamed Chocolate Mousse.
  • Smash Mook: His run as The Brute for Nation of Domination was a bit more than this trope, but when the stable broke up and Henry turned D-Lo Brown's henchman, he became so much of a Dumb Muscle that inside the ring he was only useful to slam and splash softened opponents.
  • Sore Loser
    • 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.
    • Back in OVW, after being defeated by Big Show in a singles match, Henry went into full sore loser mode and hit him with two splashes.
    • 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.
  • Tag Team: His most stable tag team was his unnamed alliance with D'Lo Brown, which everlasted both No D incarnations they shared. In recent times, he was featured in a team nicknamed The World Strongest Tag Team with MVP, and even more recent, his alliance with Big Show.
  • There Is No Kill Like Overkill: He ended his feud with Big Van Vader by hitting four consecutive big splashes on him. It got him DQ'ed, but he did not care.
  • Thirteen Is Unlucky: Technically, he is The Undertaker's 13th opponent victim in Wrestlemania (At the time, Undertaker had fought Kane twice).
  • Too Dumb to Live
  • 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 Bryan about 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.
  • Troll: His fake "retirement".
  • Unnecessary Roughness: Most of the things Henry's done since his 'Hall of Pain' gimmick started. Especially the bit about destroying people's ankles with chairs.
  • Unstoppable Force Meets Immovable Object: Henry seems to be the ultimate Unstoppable Force, as he has defeated (at least once) every equally or more gigantic wrestler he has faced through his career. Vader, Viscera, Kane, The Great Khali and The Big Show are the main ones.
  • Unstoppable Rage: GOD DAMN!!!!
    • 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 destroy Chris 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.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: With The Godfather after the Nation of Domination. Henry turned on him at least two times, although they always reformed the team afterwards. Possibly natural to them, given he was Sexual Chocolate and Godfather was a pimp.
  • The Worf Effect
    • During his Sexual Chocolate run, Henry's burying booking made him was easy to squash by almost any mid-carder. He got better.
    • The Rock did this to him to show up John Cena.
    • He's also been repeatedly worfed by Brock Lesnar.

"Don't think I'm scared dog, I'll leave you red, dog."