Shakiel Mahjouri spoke to “The World’s Strongest Man” Mark Henry about what he does in AEW, the worst storylines told to him in WWE, the Hall of Pain, Strongman and more.
Mark Henry talks about his strategy for getting talent to follow his advice:
“Well, a lot of it is experience. An experienced producer, an experienced writer, an experienced agent or coach can say to any athlete they work with, ‘I’ve done it 150 or 200 times. You’ve never done it. So why take don’t just take my advice and see if it works.’ 99% of the time the athlete says, “Let’s go.” Then there’s that little little spot where someone goes against the grain and you say, ‘Okay, let’s do it your way.’ That’s my philosophy. I want you to show me that you can succeed. But if you fail, I’ll tell you, ‘Now, we’re ready to listen.’ Some people argue and fight and the talent tends to rebel against that I don’t do that It’s like I let you fail The same goes for my kids I make them fail because it means more when you pick them up if they see you know what you’re talking about.”
Henry was asked which bigger wrestlers in AEW he thinks hold the most promise:
“The proof is in the pudding. Wardlow is doing his thing. I know Will Hobbs, Brody King, Lance Archer and Satnam Singh are hard workers. That’s the underlying quality of a wrestler that you can’t get enough of. You watch always going to videos and old fashioned wrestling matches those people make it because not only are they a fan of it or because they like it but they can already see it at the end of the tunnel it’s far away but they can see it They can see the million dollar homes and exotic cars and vacations in the Cayman Islands They can see all the luxuries but they also see Mount Rushmore and they want to be on it Those are the people I love working with because it’s on that moment really doesn’t work It just opens the door for them to come in Satnam Singh is one of those guys I mean he just can’t get enough It’s like the point where I see him walking and I go, “Oh shit. There goes an hour.” I know he wants to pick my brain for an hour, but that’s why they hire me to take care of all those people who have that potential, and those who don’t, push them to be more like the other guys.”
On why he thinks storylines have been made, like the Mae Young hand storyline and that he’s going to see a sexual therapist:
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“The writers are responsible for that. Because they’re little perverts (he laughs), I mean, to say the least. People say things and they don’t believe any of that. You know, they try to be entertaining, and then, in The Attitude Era, they wanted to push the boundaries. There was a lot of shock-jock stuff going on.”
His Mount Rushmore of strongmen in wrestling:
“Cesaro would be at the top of my list. That guy is ridiculously strong. John Cena. Big Show. Brock Lesnar. Ted Arcidi. Jacques Rougeau, that guy was strong.”
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