Mark Henry says it took years for Strowman to try professional wrestling
In 2013, Braun Strowman joined WWE. Before then, he was competing in amateur Strong Man competitions. On Busted Open Radio, Mark Henry who has Strong Man and power lifting experience told the story of when he met Strowman. According to Henry, he asked Strowman to do pro wrestling nearly immediately.
"I felt like a dream smasher," said Henry. "I said 'I know you're passionate about being the world's strongest man, I'm not going to tell you to stop but I want you to wrestle. I think you can do it. You have the personality and the aptitude, you're athletic, you can do this,'" he continued.
Strowman would continue his Strong Man career but eventually asked Henry about WWE again.
"He lifted for a couple more years. Then one day I got that call 'hey, you still think you can get me into wrestling.' 'Hell yeah, let me call Vince McMahon right now.' Vince called me and said 'hey, put him on a plane. Get him down there to Tampa.' He went down there and did really well," said Strowman
After Strowman started at the performance center, Henry would hear about his progress and he said he felt proud to hear the "big dude" he sent to developmental was doing well. Also during the interview, the two wrestlers discussed Strowman's segment with the double bass, Strowman's goals in WWE, and Elimination Chamber.
The full interview is available at Busted Open Radio's YouTube.