During the latest edition of Something To Wrestle podcast, Veteran Bruce Prichard revealed that Vince McMahon was once interested in having now-WWE Hall of Famer Mark Henry end The Undertaker’s undefeated WrestleMania streak in 2006 at WrestleMania 22.
Below is what Prichard said:
“I was sitting at my desk in Houston and Vince calls me and says, ‘I’ve got an idea. What do you think about ending Undertaker’s streak?’ I said, ‘Well, with the right guy he’s made.’ He says, ‘Goddamn, that big bastard Mark Henry – he’s ready!’ There was silence. I’m like, ‘Really?’ Mark had been here 10 years and it wasn’t anything against Mark, but I didn’t think that Mark Henry beating and ending the streak would catapult him to the next level.
I wanted to do it with somebody – for example, Randy Orton the year before would have made Randy and that would have been a hell of an investment going forward.
Mark Henry wasn’t ready at that point. Now, Mark became a hell of an attraction later on and Mark was the World Champion and ECW Champion, and he did a great job. But I just didn’t think he was ready and there was also a part of me that was thinking, ‘Sh*t, I’ve got to pitch this,’ and I said, ‘Well, I’ll run it by him.’
And I ran it by him and his reaction was the same as mine. It was pretty much silence, and he asked what I thought and I told him, ‘I don’t think it’s a good idea, but try it on. See if there’s something you think that might work.’ He came back and said, ‘OK, if that’s what you guys want to do – if that’s really what Vince wants.’
Vince, as we got closer to it, got cold feet I guess and just realized that maybe Mark wasn’t ready at that time for it, and I don’t know that there was a real solid plan on the other side either to make it work. Paul Heyman hated it.
I don’t know anybody that was like, ‘Wooo hooo! Let’s go do this,’ other than Vince. Sometimes you just got to try sh*t on and throw it out there. Sometimes you throw it out there and you need to just throw it the f*ck away, too, but that’s how we got there.”
(credit:wwfoldschool for the transcription)
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