In a new interview with TMZ, WWE Hall of Famer Mark Henry spoke about his ongoing beef with former WWE superstar Lio Rush, who called out Henry for comments he made over a year ago regarding Rush’s decisions in WWE. The two would agree to hash things out on Henry’s Busted Open Radio show, but they were never able to link up. Rush would later claim that Henry’s criticisms was holding African American talent back.
The World’s Strongest Man answered:
The reason he came out with it now is because he knew I get a lot of attention and I have a lot of followers. He released an album — or a song, or something — and he wanted to use that to get some attention, get some buzz. Not mad at him, if he would have called me I would have done it anyways, we just would have worked it. But now, he said something slanderous, and you can’t question my blackness. Nobody can pull my black card, no. Not allowed, nobody. If you go down to the Performance Center in NXT, probably 25, I think, people of color in the facility. Probably about 80-plus percent, I helped get them there. I mean, it’s completely the opposite.
Henry even considered legal action for slander, but decided against it.
For him to go there was absolutely was the worst possible thing he could have done. It’s one of those things if I take legal action for slander, then I will, but I’m not sure yet. He needs to apologize and own up to the fact that ‘I made a mistake, I embellished a little bit — a lot — and I was trying to get some buzz and I shouldn’t have done that. That’s what he’s going to have to do. … He said that I’m a part of the problem. I’m one of those black people that try to keep other black people from making it. It’s just hurtful.
Check out his full comments below. (H/T and transcribed by Wrestling Inc.)