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Mark Henry reacts to AJ Styles’ fake retirement reminiscent on SmackDown

Published at :June 2, 2024 at 5:18 PM
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Akash Dhanagaran

Mark Henry praised AJ Styles for recreating his iconic fake retirement in WWE.

AJ Styles is one of the greatest professional wrestlers of all time, who has a great legacy in pro-wrestling beyond WWE. Styles has been in professional wrestling for more two and a half decades and in WWE for over eight years. Styles has been teasing retirement in recent times on and beyond the screens.

On the May 31, 2024 episode of WWE SmackDown, Styles teased of retiring from pro-wrestling right from the start of the show. However, he faked his retirement to attack Cody Rhodes, similar to how Mark Henry did it in 2013 to attack John Cena. The World Strongest Man has now reacted to AJ Styles reminiscent of the angle.

Mark Henry on AJ Styles’ fake retirement

Mark Henry following SmackDown wrote on X (formerly Twitter) saying, “… well done AJ” “Nice to trend without wrestling” and hinted that he will be speaking about it in the Busted Open Radio.

At the recent edition of Busted Open Radio, Henry praised AJ Styles for pulling out a fake-retirement angle, similar to how Henry did it in 2013. Henry said that he made the retirements cool and praised AJ Styles for doing it in the same way.

“Mr. AJ Styles donned a blue jacket, and shook up the world. You talk about a historical moment. He trended. Not only did AJ Styles trend, but yours truly. I’m back. Of course, I never left. The fans know me. They understand what it is. I made retirements cool. Everyone that has ever retired since, they say, ‘He’s going to do a Mark Henry.’ When you coin a phrase, it’s pretty damn cool.”

“Now, AJ Styles, as unbelievable of a job as he did, I’m going to have to get out the pink jacket, he’ll have to get the powder blue jacket, and we’ll have to do signings together. We have to get the in-person moment. I know both of those guys. They thought about it and said, ‘Let’s do it like Mark did it.'”

“They did the same exact posturing. Even to the point, after the clothesline and beatdown, he did the same posturing of standing over him just like I did. When they went outside to the floor, all bets were off, they did a great job. The execution of it, the camera angles that they took was incredible,” said Mark Henry.

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