WWE.com has posted an article talking about Mark Henry's current role in the company, and how he's been helping to discover and mentor up-and-coming WWE Superstars over the past few years.
“The first time was probably in 2012 at World’s Strongest Man,” Strowman said of his first conversation with Henry about a potential WWE career. “I’d been a huge fan of his for a long time and had met him a couple of times through my strongman endeavors over the years. To have him approach me and offer me a tryout with WWE was a dream come true.”
“A lot if it was because I was really passionate about the strongman sport,” Strowman said. “I did a lot of things in a short amount of time that not many men were able to do. But I’ve always been a ham and a showman for crowds. I got to compete in front of a few thousand for strongman, so realizing that I could step over to WWE and have opportunities like I did at WrestleMania in Dallas to perform in front of 101,000 people -- that was the big thing for me.”
“He contacted me at a time where I was just settling in life,” Belair said. “I had a job, I was working, and I thought that was all there was for me.”
“Having him contact me at that point, having someone like him believe in me and say, ‘I think you have all the qualities it takes to be a wrestler,’ put a lot of confidence in me,” she said. “Having him behind me pushes me to be the best I can be.”
“He came in (WWE developmental) and thought I had something special,” Corbin said. “He told me I had a good look, the way I moved was good. He really helped mold me in those early days, which helped the evolution of who I am and what I do. When you have a guy of his caliber come to you and tell you they see something in you … if that doesn’t light a fire, nothing will.”
“It’s not a stamp of approval,” Corbin said. “It’s more like, ‘If you want it, you can get it.’ When he says he sees those things, it puts it on you to succeed. It’s motivation, not ‘he’s gonna make it,’ and you coast and rock and roll through with no struggles. It’s a fire that he lights.”