For the last few years a bunch of "elder statesmen" in the WWE have been the victims of some retirement rumors everyone from Kane to Big Show to Mark Henry. However, each man has been able to move past those rumors and no matter what everyone says each man has established themselves as legends of not just WWE, but wrestling in general. Many believe that this profession is a young mans game and even if you take pride in your career you need to think that eventually everyone's time expires.
Now one veteran in particular has stated in a recent interview that he is unsure why he resigned back in 2013 which tells me that he has been ready to retire for a while. This man that resigned back in 2013 was the leader of the "Hall of Pain" Mark Henry. It was in 2013 when after almost 20 years in the WWE Mark finally got his big push to the World Title and became World Champion for the first time in his long career. The amount that has changed since then for Mark is insane as he was at one time the top heel for the company and now he is a glorified job guy for the company. Mark's current position in the company is sad to not just because of how long he's been in the company, but because of where he used to be not more then two years ago.
An excerpt from 411mania.com's article on an interview that Mark did with philly.com magazine: “I don’t know how I let Vince [McMahon] convince me into signing another contract back in 2013. He did a bit of magic. He’s got that magic where you just go in the office and he’ll talk you into it. I won’t be signing any more contracts …I’m 100 percent sure (this is my final contract). I’m leading toward WrestleMania and I’ll have a little time after that, but that’s going to be it for me.” If the next couple of months is the end for Mark's active wrestling career then my hope is they allow him to end his career and go out on his terms and is given his one last feud of his choice. Mark deserves to be able to go out his terms after giving 20 years of his life to the WWE and being extremely loyal to the company. A few weeks ago Mark said he wants his last match to be against Daniel Bryan so it should be interesting to see what happens in the next few months for the future of Mark's active wrestling career.