Mark Henry: All Elite Wrestling’s Success Isn’t Just Lip Service, The Proof Is In The Pudding
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Mark Henry says All Elite Wrestling is walking the walk when it comes to success as a company.
Mark Henry spoke with Lehigh Valley Live ahead of Wednesday’s AEW Dynamite taping in Philadelphia, and the “World’s Strongest Man” touched on the fact that WWE doesn’t consider AEW to be competition. Henry said he only concerns himself with what AEW is doing, noting that they’re proving to be a success in the ratings each week.
“From my understanding, the WWE don’t feel like there’s competition,” Henry said. “So, I’m not concerned with them and what they’re doing. I’m just concerned with what I’m doing and what our group is doing. We’re doing pretty damn good. I love that. I love the fact that it’s not just lip service. It’s not just us saying, ‘we’re doing really good.’ The proof is in the pudding. You look at the ratings and you look at the demographics that matter, we’re No. 1 across the board. We’re having a lot of success. Everything is going forward. We’re not living in the past.”
Henry has worked as a commentator and analyst for AEW, but also works behind the scenes in a talent development capacity. Henry said he feels valued in AEW and explained what exactly his role entails.
“It’s a great company,” Henry said. “I feel valued. I feel like my input is taken. It’s just an exciting time. We’ve been No. 1 on cable the last five weeks and going. And it’s only getting better. Being a young company, there’s a lot of room for growth. Nobody looks at like AEW is broken because it’s not. It’s just on the upswing. To be here is an incredible feeling. The camaraderie and a lot of the younger talent, I feel a sense of worth helping them.”
“I don’t do the training. I do more of the enlightenment, psychology, storytelling,” Henry added. “If I do teach, it’s individualized. Somebody needs to know how to do something as it relates to something they’re already doing and there’s a more efficient way. Just like any coach, you see something and you correct it and you have a better product.”
Henry also compared his role in AEW to being like a “Swiss Army knife.” Ricky Starks recently said he was replacing Henry on AEW Rampage commentary, and you can read Tony Khan’s remarks about why Rampage wouldn’t always have a four-man booth at this link.