In response to among the controversy stirred up by The Undertaker’s feedback on Joe Rogan’s podcast, Mark Henry gave his ideas on whether or not right now’s wrestlers are gentle.
Listed below are excerpts from his reply:
“Yea, guys had been a little bit bit wilder. Guys had been a little bit bit impulsive again then, however the males had been nonetheless as robust now as they had been then. We’re a company trade now. It’s a must to have some decorum. It’s a must to have some class in any other case you’ll not be employed by any of these firms. They recruit a sure sort of man. Recruiting wild cannons and guys that you simply didn’t know in the event that they had been going to indicate up excessive or they acquired arrested the night time earlier than, you may’t make use of these guys. Taker was proper to an extent. He ought to have mentioned wild cannons and guys that had been fast to get indignant. It was a badge of honor at occasions to indicate your toughness. You go on the market and also you beat the hell out of any individual. Then the battle spills into the again and everyone’s entertained.
It’s a distinct time…I got here within the early ‘90s and there have been guys that attempted to take liberties with me. There was stuff that occurred within the locker room that was checked out as unspeakable…I can inform you, a few of these guys towards John Morrison, towards Bobby Lashley, Matt Riddle, these guys can actually battle. They know the technique of methods to battle…There have been robust guys in each eras…Taker wasn’t fallacious as a result of guys again then carried weapons of their briefcases or a knife or a crowbar. Sh*t went down. Guys had been prepared and accepting of it, but additionally you would go to the native cops and go, ‘Hey man. This by no means occurred. Can I get you some entrance row tickets?’ 9 occasions out of ten, it acquired squashed and by no means hit the information. Now, everyone has a digital camera. You possibly can’t do all of the stuff that guys did again then.
Greg “The Hammer” Valentine having a gun within the locker room and the gun going off, like, bro, if that occurred right now, you’d face federal jail time. That’s why issues aren’t the best way they was once, not simply the truth that it’s a company firm and also you don’t wish to make these errors within the first place since you’ll by no means work once more. Taker was proper. There was a stage of wildness, Wild Wild West, that doesn’t exist right now. That’s what he meant. I feel folks took it out of context truly. I heard what he mentioned and I agree with what he mentioned, it’s simply I didn’t agree with how he mentioned it. The outline of what it was, was off.
Even me, I needed to choke folks and threaten folks’s life. I might by no means do this right now as a result of I wouldn’t must. No person messes with me like that. It was completely different. I used to be in protection mode. I used to be so burdened numerous occasions after I went within the locker room as a result of I didn’t know what was going to occur. Me and the Rock, we at all times had our locker proper subsequent to one another. I got here in and noticed folks laughing and guffawing and operating away from the place our lockers had been. Dwayne would pack hen breasts and broccoli and stuff to get within the automotive as a result of he was a physique man. I noticed his field was open. I grabbed the field and was going to shut it and I seemed in it and there was sh*t in it. Someone sh*t in his meals field, so after all, I’ve to get rid of this and inform him, ‘Hey man, don’t depart your meals in right here.’ They had been envious of us new guys coming in.
We’ve developmental contracts or a full contract in my case. They hated us. They thought we had been taking their jobs. That was the mentality, not making the enterprise higher as a result of we didn’t grind like they did. We didn’t undergo the ringer. We didn’t get introduced into the enterprise laborious like they did. I respect how laborious they had been introduced into the enterprise however you may’t anticipate the world to be the identical to everyone else because it was to you. You’re alleged to make it simpler on the subsequent technology, proper? You’d suppose.”
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