WWE Hall of Famer Mark Henry recently spoke with djvlad to talk all things pro-wrestling. Most notable from the interview was Henry recalling a time that WWE creative were planning on presenting him as the “Silverback,” a nickname the World’s Strongest Man did not appreciate.
I said to the writers, ‘You will not refer to this black man as a Silverback. I am not a primate,’ and the sh*t stopped. Well Vince [McMahon] was the one like, ‘Hey, if you feel that way, tell them that’s not what you want to be portrayed as,’ and I said, ‘Well I don’t want to be portrayed as that.’ He said, ‘Okay, it’s killed,’ and I went from being a Silverback to being Mark Henry, The Strongest Man In The World and primarily because, I took time to stop pro wrestling and to go back and compete against the strongest men in the world to validate the fact that I was the world’s strongest man, not the world’s strongest primate
You can check out the clip below. (H/T and transcribed by Post Wrestling)