Mark Henry on mentoring Action Andretti

“Action Andretti, every time he passes me he goes [nods] and I know what that means."

by Sead Dedovic
Mark Henry on mentoring Action Andretti
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Mark Henry discussed his coaching role on a Kurt Angle Show episode, highlighting his guidance for numerous wrestlers. Offering valuable advice learned from renowned wrestlers, Henry's mentorship has been crucial in steering wrestlers in the right direction.

“I’m always gonna be around wrestling to some capacity. I feel like I’m more of a wrestling counselor than a coach. I don’t teach them how. I want them to already know how. I teach them where you do it, when you do it, and why you do it.

I teach them to think outside the box because that’s what Stu Hart did for me, and Leo Burke, and Tom Prichard, and Rip Rogers, and Jim Cornette did for me. They were all free-spirited thinkers. They would be like, ‘Stop being Mark Henry, nobody wants to hear that shit.

Be somebody else.’ So when you start thinking, how can I get over being something else? It opens up your brain to pro wrestling”. - he said, as quoted by!

Mark Henry on mentoring Action Andretti

Mentoring Action Andretti was an interesting experience for Mark Henry.

With his advice and guidance, he managed to make the best version of Andretti, who was also open to learning new things. Henry is especially happy because Andretti is the person who thanks him every time for everything that Henry has done for him.

It didn't take long for him to be hired.

“Action Andretti, every time he passes me he goes [nods] and I know what that means. He’s saying, ‘Thank you, but I got it,’ and he got it. He’s one of those that you have a conversation with, he didn’t have a job, and two or three sessions with me, they hired him. So, those are the things that are good to me”.

Mark Henry