-- Sportskeeda recently did an interview with with Mark Henry where he spoke on a variety of topics, including WrestleMania, Big Show/Shaq, NXT, Nakamura and more. Here are some highlights:
Q) Given that you won the World’s strongest man competition, we were wondering who you would pick to fight at WrestleMania?
A) If there was one person that I would like to fight right now, it would probably be Kevin Owens. Kevin has carved out a place for himself and the things that are his strongpoints, I don’t necessarily like. He is very selfish.
He thinks that the sun rises and sets because he wakes up in the morning. That’s something that I never really liked. We had issues before, and he came out on the top end of those deals when we touched, and I feel like I owe him.
Q) What is your best WrestleMania moment?
A) Favourite WrestleMania moment… (pauses)… I guess my greatest competition was WrestleMania 22 vs. the Undertaker. I didn’t win, but it was one of those that I outperformed at the highest level at a main event of WrestleMania. That’s a once in a lifetime thing and I been blessed to do it more than once. Yeah, WM 22.
Q) As someone who’s been around WWE for such a long time and really been the backbone, when you think of powerhouse star wrestlers, you know, you’re the World’s Strongest Man obviously, what’s your assessment of the modern day wrestlers who embody that similar style – guys like Rusev, Braun Strowman, Baron Corbin, etc. What is your assessment of these younger guys coming up the ranks?
A) Well, I don’t know if you watched RAW last week, but Braun Strowman has my respect. He’s as strong a guy as there has been in the business since my younger days and I look forward to seeing what he’s going to do in the future. Eventually, he has got to become as skilled as he is strong and maybe then have a rhyme like ‘The Hall of Pain’ and I think that he could.
Q) In China, there is a huge amount of interest in the Big Show and Shaquille O'Neal match with Shaquille O'Neal being a big star over here. You’ve had many battles with Big Show in the past, what advice would you give Shaq ahead of this match?
A) The first thing I would tell Shaquille is to not try to match strength with Big Show. This is because he is nowhere near the physical match for Show despite being pretty big and strong himself.
The second thing I would tell him is if he can use his lateral quickness and move and get behind Big Show then maybe because he is a couple of inches taller, maybe he can get Big Show in a sleeper and have a chance of surprising him.
Thirdly, he’s gonna have to be the aggressor. He’s gonna have to take it to Show and not wait around and see if he plays fair because I have an idea that Show is not gonna play fair.
Q) Who would you like to face right now in NXT if you had an opportunity to wrestle anybody?
A) You know what, Nakamura is ready. He’s ready for the big time. He is one that I feel like would be interesting to challenge, and I think that our fans would like to see a Mark Henry put him through the paces.
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