Mark Henry recently spoke with Esquire Middle East to promote WWE 2K17. Here are the highlights.
With all the next generation of developmental talent coming through, the age range is getting younger. Is there a more jovial ‘millennial’ atmosphere backstage these days?
“It is to an extent, there’s the ‘Up,Up,Down,Down’ crew (Xavier Woods, Kofi Kingston etc) they are hard workers but are also adamant about playing videogames. They play combat games, they play sports games like soccer. But one of things is that whenever a new WWE2k wrestling game comes out they are all over it. I’m not going to say that there’s some gambling going on, but there is plenty of betting! Money doesn’t change hands but there are plenty of people doing 100 push-ups for losing.”
In the ring, do you prefer being a good or bad guy?
“I have no preference. Some people love me, others hate me. I never go to the ring with a pre-conceived idea of what I want people to think of me. If I hear people are booing, then I’ll play up to that. The same works if people are cheering.”
You can play as NXT characters in the game. Are there any younger guys that you particularly want to work with?
“Neville. I love his skill set. I want him to do better in the company. I also love working with Cesaro. I think he is under-utilized on the roster, but I don’t make the decisions! I remember when we wrestled in Qatar, he was even able to get me in the Big Swing. I didn’t think he was gonna be able to lift me, but he did.”