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    Monday, March 19, 2018

    The Hall of Fame Turns Into The Hall of Pain: Mark Henry To Be Inducted In The 2018 Class

    From the time we established this fun little corner of wrestling on the internet, we at the Smark Henry Offices have been waiting for our spirit animal, Mark Henry, to be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame.

    That moment has finally arrived. You may not have noticed, but the World's Strongest Man has hung up his boots and begun working backstage as a producer in WWE. (Yes, he isn't working us this time.) And because he has quietly retired, that means he's now eligible to be inducted into the company's Hall of Fame—and it's happening this year at New Orleans.

    The news was leaked yesterday on social media, but Bodyslam.net's Brad Shepard all confirmed it when he released this image from the WrestleMania magazine featuring Mizark as a Hall of Fame Inductee.

    Mark Henry made a name for himself in the powerlifting world, winning multiple gold medals in competitions on his way to representing the United States in the Pan American Games, where he won a gold, a silver, and a bronze in 1995.

    From there, he'd train for a pro wrestling career, debuting in 1996 and starting a journey that would last over two decades. He'd go on to be the World's Strongest Man, a member of the Nation of Domination, a hypersexualized chocolatey character who'd spawn a hand, a dude who rolled with Teddy Long's Thuggin' and Buggin' Enterprises stable, a silverback (let's forget that one) and most famously, just a dude who took great pride and joy in bringing you to the Hall of Pain. In between his wrestling career, he'd continue to compete in powerlifting, winning the Arnold Strongman Classic in 2002, which would lead to his "test of strength" gimmick later that year.

    If you judged his career based on championships alone, there wouldn't be much to write about. He won the European Championship, the ECW Championship, and the World Heavyweight Championship on one occasion each, which is shocking considering how long he'd been an active wrestler and how huge and strong he'd been booked throughout his career.

    But to be fair to Mizark, he was a late bloomer in his WWE career, not really putting it all together until his 2011-12 run, more than 15 years after he signed that infamous 10-year contract after the 1996 Summer Olympics. Imagine Steve Nash, who didn't become an NBA MVP until he was 30 years old. That's pretty much like how Mark Henry took all those years to finally figure out a gimmick that worked best with his look and skills.

    Now that he's working backstage, we're looking forward to seeing Mark Henry's influence on the current talent, particularly on bigger dudes like Braun Strowman, who could definitely learn a thing or two from the World's Strongest Man.

    It's a shame that the Hall of Pain is officially closed, but hell, we have a lot of reasons to celebrate around here. After all, by next month, this website's namesake will be officially inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame.

    Congratulations, Mark Henry. You deserve it!

    Photo from WWF Old School


    Stan Sy (@_StanSy) is the Editor at Large of Smark Henry, and is also a radio DJ on Wave 89.1, an events host, a freelance writer, and one of the hosts of The Smark Gilas-Pilipinas Podcast. He also used to be one of the hosts and writers of The Wrestling Gods on FOX. He enjoys watching WWE, NXTLucha Underground, and the occasional New Japan match. You can ask him questions about wrestling, Survivor (yes, the reality show), or whatever you like on his CuriousCat account.

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