Welcome to "The Thump!" — an irregular column spotlighting the best Black elements of professional wrestling. Named after the signature move of groundbreaking Black wrestler The Junkyard Dog, "The Thump!" showcases the history and impact of Black athletes in the squared circle.
The back of this singlet reads, "WSM." Why? Because he's the World’s Strongest Man. All swagger-talk aside, Mark Henry has had an impressive athletic career; Power lifting record holder (1995), Pan American Games Gold, Silver & Bronze Medalist (1995), Arnold Classic Strongest Man (2002), WWF European Champion (1999), ECW Champion (2008), World Heavyweight Champion (2011).
The intimidating powerhouse began his WWE career in 1996, instantly igniting a nightmarish squared circle onslaught in which he laid waste to one adversary after another, both in tag team and singles competition. This included the immense Superstar's membership in the infamous faction known as The Nation of Domination, which also featured The Rock.
Interesting Facts: During his reign as ECW champion, Mark Henry was managed by former Tag Team Champion, Soul Patrol member, “Mr USA” Tony Atlas. Mark Henry’s entrance theme, “Somebody's Gonna Get It” is performed by Academy Award winners, Three 6 Mafia.