WWE NEWS: Former WWE Champion Announces Retirement; Ends Wrestling Career

WWE longtime star, former champion and current Raw roster wrestler in the WWE has now confirmed his retirement from in-ring competition.

Mark Henry that has been “The World’s Strongest Man” in WWE for two decades has achieved multiple championships, including the ECW title and World Heavyweight Championship. The 46-year decided to move away from wrestling ring to more of helping role in the company.

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Henry also indicated he would be doing so a few months ago on WWE Network, but it has now been confirmed yet again via a recent episode of Sam Roberts Podcast. He said he would no longer be appearing in an in-ring capacity but would have more of a backstage role. This could enable him to help superstars to work on various aspects of their delivery of promos, in-ring skills, or help with creative concepts.

The longtime star and former Heavyweight champion appeared on WWE Network’s Table for 3 back in July along with Big Show and Kane. During the show Henry had mentioned that he’d be transitioning to this backstage role as well. He hasn’t appeared on any WWE television programming such as Raw or SmackDown Live since that show or as part of any major pay-per-views over the past several months. Henry’s entry into the Royal Rumble this past January may have been his final PPV appearance with the WWE. In that match, he was eliminated by WWE’s newest big man, Braun Strowman.

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Mark Henry is now 46-years-old, and the move away from the ring makes sense. He has been with WWE since 1996 and never really went to another promotion, giving him a lengthy resume and experience with the company.

However, there hasn’t been a whole lot for Mark Henry since being placed on the Raw roster beyond his use to enhance younger talents like Braun Strowman and Brock Lesnar as they look to get over.

With all that said, WWE fans would probably love to see some sort of final match for Mark Henry. With the news of Big Show’s retirement coming in early 2018, that could set something up.

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