WWE Legend Mark Henry Makes a Shocking AEW Debut at Double or Nothing

Published 05/30/2021, 11:40 PM EDT


AEW has gained another huge name from WWE. The World’s Strongest Man, Mark Henry, will be an analyst for AEW’s new show, Rampage. Tony Schiavone introduced the WWE legend at Double or Nothing and he walked out to a HUGE pop from the Jacksonville crowd.

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Mark Henry is All Elite

LOS ANGELES, CA – AUGUST 17: Professional wrestler Mark Henry speaks onstage during the WWE & The Creative Coalition’s “Be A STAR” Anti-Bullying Rally at Markham Middle School on August 17, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Imeh Akpanudosen/Getty Images)

Tony Schiavone reminded fans of AEW’s new show coming August 13th on TNT. Now, we’ll see a Hall of Famer and former World Champion Mark Henry as an analyst for the show.

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He will join his friend and former WWE rival Paul Wight/Big Show on the commentary team and will also be a coach for younger talent.

Along with Henry, AEW also saw Lio Rush make his much awaited debut at the Casino Battle Royal. Henry becomes the second former WWE star to show up in AEW and instantly become an enormous deal. Whether he’ll wrestle is going to be doubtful, although he’s expressed his desire to have one more match.

The former World Heavyweight Champion wasn’t under a contract from WWE, and many expected him to show up in AEW earlier in the year. However, this is a massive signing, literally and figuratively for Tony Khan in his war with WWE and Vince McMahon.

Next week, we’ll hear from Mark Henry for the first time on AEW Dynamite. This also marks the first time Henry appears for another promotion.

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Henry leaves behind an incredible career

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Mark Henry’s WWE career is quite incredible. He’s held the World Heavyweight Champion and the ECW Championship and also won the European Championship during the Attitude Era.

His friend Paul Wight inducted him into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2018 and called the curtains on his historic career there.

Since then, he’s appeared on special episodes of Raw and SmackDown, most recently at Raw’s Legends’ Night. He had an altercation with the man he beat to win the World Title, Randy Orton.

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Given his popularity and experience in this business, Mark Henry is a great acquisition for AEW and for the younger talents in the company.

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Nathan Fulgado

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Nathan Fulgado is a WWE and AEW author at EssentiallySports. Having published close to 1000 professional wrestling articles, Nathan is currently pursuing his Journalism degree from Xavier's College. He has previously worked at Free Press Journal as a local journalist.

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