“You Gotta Quit Doing Strong Man”- Mark Henry Reveals How He Convinced Braun Strowman to Join WWE

Published 06/13/2021, 11:25 AM EDT
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)


Braun Strowman is one of the biggest wrestlers in the world, embodying everything Vince McMahon would want in a Superstar. He had the height, physique, and agility of a true monster which is why he rose to the top in WWE. 

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However, many may not know it but he was scouted by another one of WWE’s big and strong men- Mark Henry. The Hall of Famer was responsible for bringing Strowman over to WWE and introducing him to Vince McMahon.

DUESSELDORF, GERMANY – FEBRUARY 22: Braun Strowman arrives during to the WWE Live Duesseldorf event at ISS Dome on February 22, 2017 in Duesseldorf, Germany. (Photo by Lukas Schulze/Bongarts/Getty Images)

Mark Henry got Braun Strowman to quit Strong Man Shows

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Speaking on Oral Sessions with Renee Paquette, Mark Henry revealed how he first saw Braun at a Strong Man show and convinced him to join wrestling.

“I saw Braun Strowman at a Strong Man show and I was like ‘Man, your personality is wrestling. You gotta quit doing Strong Man’. And he’s all ‘I wanna be Champion!” (Sighs) The most money I ever made lifting was under a hundred grand in a year and I was the best in the world,” Henry said.

DUESSELDORF, GERMANY – FEBRUARY 22: Braun Strowman (L) is attacked by Sami Zayn (R) during to the WWE Live Duesseldorf event at ISS Dome on February 22, 2017 in Duesseldorf, Germany. (Photo by Lukas Schulze/Bongarts/Getty Images)

“I was like, ‘You need to come over to wrestling’. And it took him two and a half years, but he finally called me back and said, ‘Hey man, you think you can still get me into wrestling. I was like ‘Hell yeah!’”

“I called Vince, I said, ‘Hey, remember that monster I was telling you about?’ And he was like, ‘Yeah’. ‘He ready!’ ‘Send him on.’”

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – OCTOBER 11: WWE Executive Vice President of Talent, Live Events and Creative Paul “Triple H” Levesque (C) gets between WWE wrestler Braun Strowman (L) and heavyweight boxer Tyson Fury (R) as they face off during the announcement of their match at a WWE news conference at T-Mobile Arena on October 11, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Strowman will face Fury and WWE champion Brock Lesnar will take on former UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez at the WWE’s Crown Jewel event at Fahd International Stadium in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia on October 31. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

Strowman displayed his strength perfectly in WWE

Braun Strowman ended up in WWE and was exactly the kind of man Vince McMahon was looking for. He debuted as a member of the infamous Wyatt family alongside Bray Wyatt, Luke Harper, and Erick Rowan.

‘The Monster Among Men’ slowly morphed into a singles star to hit his peak in 2020 by winning the WWE Universal Championship. He managed to beat Goldberg in a dominant finish at WrestleMania 36, ending the star’s reign at the top. 

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He even managed to make it to WrestleMania this year when he feuded with Shane McMahon in a Steel Cage match. Strowman’s success in the match only solidified his position. However, WWE shockingly decided to release him from contract a week ago.

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We do not know what Braun Strowman has in mind next, but we can expect him to take his talent to the very best of places. He did mention earlier that he wouldn’t wrestle for another promotion if he left WWE, but time may have changed his feelings on that. 

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Luke Dias is a senior WWE and AEW author at EssentiallySports, having published more than 1000 articles on professional wrestling. Having completed courses in Advanced Writing from the University of California and Media and Ethics from the University of Amsterdam, Luke is currently pursuing an undergraduate degree in Journalism from Xavier’s College. His tremendous knowledge of WWE history enables him to make past connections, adding depth to the articles.

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