Mark Henry took pride in giving countless Superstars a vicious induction into his Hall of Pain. During WrestleMania 34 Week, The World’s Strongest Man Mark Henry will enter a completely different hall.
As first reported by USA Today, Henry will be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame as part of the Class of 2018. He joins Goldberg, The Dudley Boyz, Ivory, Jeff Jarrett, Hillbilly Jim, Kid Rock and Warrior Award recipient Jarrius “JJ” Robertson as those being honored during the 2018 Induction Ceremony on Friday, April 6, during WrestleMania 34 Week in New Orleans.
Henry’s journey in professional sports began in the world of powerlifting. After becoming a prodigy in the weight room as a high-schooler, Henry broke out at the 1992 Summer Olympics. One year later, he won gold, silver and bronze medals at the 1993 Pan-American Games. His unbelievable power caught the eye of WWE officials, who signed him to become a Superstar in 1996. Shortly after competing in the 1996 Summer Olympics, Henry made his in-ring debut at In Your House: Mind Games, defeating fellow WWE Hall of Famer Jerry “The King” Lawler.
Henry excelled inside the squared circle as a member of The Nation of Domination alongside Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, and also became the notorious ladies’ man known as “Sexual Chocolate” during WWE’s over-the-top Attitude Era. While with WWE, Henry would foray into strongman competition and find great success, winning the 2002 Arnold Strongman Classic. Back in WWE, The World’s Strongest Man would use the power that won him that contest, pulling off incredible feats of strength for his fellow Superstars and the WWE Universe.
Hall of Pain
Soon, though, Henry would discover a mean streak like no other and unleash his rage on the WWE roster. Henry carved a path of destruction through Superstars like The Undertaker, Kurt Angle and Rey Mysterio before making his way to ECW and capturing the brand’s top championship in his first match, defeating Kane and Big Show in the process. After returning to SmackDown, Henry’s penchant for punishment was given a name – his opponents weren’t just being beaten down; they were being inducted into The Hall of Pain.
Two Decades of Destruction
Henry’s appetite for destruction brought him one of sports-entertainment’s top prizes – the World Heavyweight Championship, which he won by defeating Randy Orton at Night of Champions 2011. As The World’s Strongest Man’s career approached the two-decade mark, rumors of Henry’s retirement began to travel through the WWE Universe. Henry even played into the rumors, appearing on Monday Night Raw in June 2013 for what appeared to be a tearful retirement speech as John Cena watched on, though he shocked everyone by nearly driving Cena through the mat with his World’s Strongest Slam, boldly declaring “I’ve got a lot left in the tank!”
Henry continued competing with WWE through WrestleMania 33, while also taking on a new role as a talent scout and mentor, helping to prepare competitors like Braun Strowman, Baron Corbin, Apollo Crews and Bianca Belair for the rigors of the squared circle. For the devastation he caused inside the ring, as well as the work he does to help the next generation of Superstars, there is no bigger honor for Mark Henry than to become The World’s Strongest Hall of Famer.
Eric Bischoff to be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame Class of 2021
Eric Bischoff, a pioneer behind the scenes in sports-entertainment, as well as an incredibly entertaining performer in front of the camera, is the latest inductee in the WWE Hall of Fame’s Class of 2021. He was surprised with the news of his induction on WWE After the Bell, which you can listen and subscribe to on Spotify or wherever you get your podcasts.
He will enter the WWE Hall of Fame during the 2021 Induction Ceremony, which will take place on Tuesday, April 6, streaming exclusively on Peacock in the United States and on WWE Network in the rest of the world.
Bischoff broke into the sports-entertainment industry in the late 1980s for fellow Hall of Famer Verne Gagne’s AWA. He started off in sales but soon became an on-air talent, hosting the AWA’s shows on ESPN and interviewing the legendary territory’s stars. But as the 1990s arrived, the AWA was on the brink of going out of business, so Bischoff made a move that would eventually change the industry.
World Championship Wrestling
He joined World Championship Wrestling in 1991, hosting shows and calling the action on WCW’s weekly television shows. But by the mid-1990s, Bischoff had risen the ranks and became executive producer of WCW. He helped bring Hulk Hogan to the company and launched WCW Monday Nitro, the competitor to WWE’s Monday Night Raw that kicked off the infamous Monday Night War that helped make sports-entertainment a pop culture phenomenon.
Bischoff didn’t shy away from the camera either, joining up with 2020 WWE Hall of Fame inductees The nWo as they ran roughshod on the promotion. After WWE purchased WCW in 2001, he brought his brand of ruthless leadership to WWE in 2002 as the first General Manager of Monday Night Raw. His arrival was one of the most shocking moments in WWE history, and his time in charge of the red brand was defined by one simple phrase: “Controversy creates cash.”
Bischoff never strayed far away from controversy as General Manager, as he engaged in rivalries with the likes of “Stone Cold” Steve Austin and John Cena. He continued to innovate, as well, with concepts like Raw Roulette and the Elimination Chamber, which lives on as one of WWE’s annual pay-per-view events.
For Bischoff’s innovation behind the scenes and his memorable performance in front of the camera, there is no greater honor than induction into the WWE Hall of Fame.
Don’t miss Eric Bischoff take his place in the WWE Hall of Fame during the 2021 Induction Ceremony, Tuesday, April 6, streaming exclusively on the WWE Network. The ceremony will honour both the 2020 and 2021 classes.
Belfast Wrestler Ready For The Universe Of WWE
WHEN it comes to wrestling WWE is the pinnacle – and now Belfast’s Paul Gallagher (a.k.a. Tucker) is ready to grapple, grip, throw and pin with the best in the UK
Signed as part of the new NXT UK weekly streaming show from WWE Paul will be in the midst of the best male and female wrestlers across the UK doing battle from this weekend in Plymouth and in Liverpool in November. All are set to be shown each Wednesday on WWE Network.
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The 28-year-old has had a life-long devotion to wrestling from when he was a mere stripling attending Belvoir Primary School and is now set to be part of the vanguard of talented wrestlers in the new NXT UK WWE venture.
Having already had several matches as part of NXT UK Paul has a burning ambition to grow wrestling across Ireland as he prepares to take to the ring throughout the the WRESTLING.IE tour hitting 12 venues north and south later this month.
Fighting For His Legacy
“I would love to be the man who failed maths twice but made history in his hometown putting Belfast city on the map” he said.
The former personal trainer started when he was 8-years-old, spurred on by his brother who helped him join a wrestling school on the Cregagh Road.
From that point Paul has worked hard to be a top grade wrestler and was part of the first UK championship tournament.
“To be held in such a high regard and be considered the best in Northern Ireland amongst such a highly talented bunch of individuals was a true honour.
“And to have the privilege of representing my country for the biggest company in professional wrestling was truly a dream come true.”
But it hasn’t been a smooth ride. In 2015 a series of injuries, including a torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) a dislocated patella put Paul on the sidelines for 18 months, and as he confesses his knee at the time looked like a “Belfast Bap”.
No matter the risks associated every time a wrestler steps into the ring, Paul relishes it.
“What we do is amongst the most unique forms of entertainment on the planet, I have the greatest job in the world,” he explained.
“We have the ability to pull on our audiences heart strings, taking them on a rollercoaster of emotions, there is no other sport that possesses this ability.”
He is even going so far a helping train his girlfriend to help her get into wrestling as well.
But for Paul the work needed to get into matches at WWE level would make many an athlete quake.
“I train every day, between weights, cardio, mobility and of course in ring training,” he says. “I make sure to cover all aspects to stay at the top of my game with the wealth of young talent in Ireland north and south of the border as well as phenomenal scene in the United Kingdom I feel I have to ensure I am the hardest worker in the room.”
Of course, as a Belfast lad, Paul is self-deprecating…
“I am known as the man who has more guts than brains” he says. “You can expect a high energy, aggressive style with a mix of unique offence.
“I am constantly improving my game and updating my arsenal but as i always say it only takes one move to put the bad guy away – big or tall they always fall.”
And, should anyone coming along to the WRESTLING.IE events and want to go further Paul has words of advice.
“Work hard and stay humble, don’t hesitate to get involved and put your heart and soul into it,” he explained. “Just like in life, you get what you put in, if your putting your heart and soul into this and is your true passion the opportunities and possibilities are endless.
“Do not be put off by anyone who doubts you or tells you, your too small, too old or anything else. Becoming a wrestler now on the UK scene has never been more achievable with the level of talent, the number of schools and the amount of great coaches out there, if this is truly what you want go and take it.”
Now, for a man who came into this world eight weeks premature and was given hours to live Paul is now within touching distance of wrestling’s global elite.
The announcement was made earlier this week that NXT UK, will stream on WWE Network on Wednesdays beginning October 17 at 8 pm BT/3 pm ET.
The one-hour episodes will feature the biggest names from NXT UK, including Pete Dunne, Mark Andrews, Rhea Ripley, Toni Storm, Tyler Bate, Trent Seven and Wolfgang.
Joining the NXT UK broadcasting team as backstage interviewer is British broadcasting personality Radzi Chinyanganya, best known for hosting ITV gameshow Cannonball, and in his ongoing role as a presenter of the world’s longest-running children’s TV show, the BBC’s Blue Peter. Calling the action are commentators Nigel McGuinness and Vic Joseph, joined by ring announcer Andy Shepherd and NXT UK General Manager The Legendary Johnny Saint.”
For the past decade WRESTLING.IE has brought entertainment to every major town in Ireland, with packed crowds roaring on every move, every slam and every hold.
Fun For All The Family
Promoter, Stevey Reavey, says the entire family will be enthralled by the show Corey and his rivals will bring to the ring.
“There’s something for children, mums and dads and we know granny and grandad will be amongst the loudest in the audience” he said.
“We are bringing larger than life characters, world-class athletic action, thrills, spills and the goodies battling the baddies. It’s a show not to be missed.”
Tucker will be appearing at 9 out of the 12-date WRESTLING.IE tour. For a full list of dates and contestants visit www.wrestling.ie