Not many have had the chance to talk to Vince McMahon over the phone and Mark Henry never thought he would be one of them.
Before he got signed to WWE, Henry was working on being a power-lifter and in the 90s, he got a call from McMahon to head up to Connecticut to see how WWE operates. But as Henry told the story of his phone call with McMahon on the latest edition of Broken Skull Sessions, the first call did not go so well.
"Vince called Terry Todd and got my phone number. He called me at the training center and, mind you, I was a big time wrestling fan. About six of the guys that were at the training center with me, they watched wrestling every Monday night. So I'm thinking, 'Hey Mark, phone call for you.' All right, I come down the hallway and he goes, 'This is Vince McMahon. Hey, how are you doing?' Okay, Wes, click. I hung up on him," Henry said.
Luckily for Henry, he still managed to get a hold of McMahon and that conversation eventually led to him being signed to WWE, where he would wrestle for decades.
"Aw, shit. I'm standing by the phone and I'm shaking. I ain't afraid of nothing. Steve, this is me. I'll fight a bear with a switch and I'm shaking and because of my fandom, when the phone rings, I grab the phone, not even finished ringing. Vince goes, 'Hello?' He's like, 'Mark Henry?' I said, 'Sorry, I hung up, I thought it was one of my friends.' He said, 'I heard you're a big wrestling fan. I want you to go to Connecticut to see how we do stuff,'" Henry said.
The Hall of Famer would start out driving for Yokozuna and carrying his bags and the rest was history. The full episode of "Broken Skull Sessions" can be seen at this link.