Mark Henry Recalls Making John Cena Cry During WWE Retirement Promo In 2013
Henry's promo is one of his most famous
Mark Henry has recalled making John Cena legitimately cry during his now famous retirement promo on WWE Raw back in 2013.
Henry interrupted a John Cena segment in 2012 to issue what appeared to be a legitimate retirement speech in the middle of the ring. However, having completely hooked the live audience, Henry would turn back heel by attacking Cena and challenging him for the WWE Championship.
Despite the segment being a set-up, one which is still fondly recalled almost a decade on, Henry has admitted it felt real to him because he was at a point in his career where he truly wanted to retire.
With an impromptu exchange between Henry and Cena over the WWE Title included, Henry has revealed how that moment left Cena in tears in the mddle of the ring.
Speaking on the AEW Unrestricted Podcast, Henry said: “It was real that’s why it worked so well because I truly wanted to retire and not wrestle and become more of an executive, and do more coaching, and training and work in support, but they didn’t want me to do that. They wanted me to keep working as talent, so I was basically going to retire anyway, and Vince [McMahon] just talked me out of it. I knew for about four months, but I still prepared like I was retiring that night, and it was one of the more emotional moments in my life because I mourned the death of my career.
“And that’s the way that I looked at it. That’s why I was so emotional. It was over, and when I put the boots on the steps and I walked through the ring, I said everything that I would have said at a retirement. And my kids did cry at that time when I left home. It used to hurt me being on the plane going, I’m gonna miss ballet, I’m gonna miss tap dance recitals I’m gonna miss my kids who are in a band. It was tough. It was easy to draw the emotion of the moment because it was real.
“I just knew that, at some point, I’m gonna have to shut the waterworks off and focus on doing business with John Cena, and John Cena was standing at ringside. And it was really impromptu. It wasn’t something that was planned. John tried to give me the title, and I just told him, ‘No, I don’t deserve to hold that. I never won that. I’m not gonna do it,’ and he just started crying because I had emotionally got to him.
“When I looked over there and I saw him crying, I was like, oh, shoot, this is different. I knew it was different. From the time that a lot left in the tank came out of my mouth to walking in the back, when I got in the back, for the first time in my career, and it was the end of my career, all the wrestlers were in the back waiting on me. It was like walking into a concert crowd.
“You walk off the stage and walk into the people. Everybody was there, and everybody was applauding and clapping, kind of coming up and hugging me. I was like, damn, I would’ve retire A long time ago if I knew I would have gotten everyone’s attention. That will always gonna be one moment in my career that I’ll treasure.”
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