“It was real, which is why it worked so well because I really wanted to retire and not struggle and become more of an executive, and do more coaching and training and support work, but they didn’t. didn’t want me to do that. Henry revealed. “They wanted me to keep working as a talent, so I was basically going to retire anyway, and Vince [McMahon] just dissuaded me. I had known this for about four months, but I always prepared as if I was retiring that night, and it was one of the most emotional moments of my life because I mourned the death of my career.
“And that’s how I saw it. That’s why I was so emotional. It was over, and when I put my boots on the steps and walked across the ring, I said everything I would have said in a retreat. And my kids cried that time when I left the house. It hurt to be on the plane, I will miss the ballet, I will miss the tap recitals, I will miss my children who are in a group. It was hard. It was easy to draw the emotion of the moment because it was real.
Henry continued and revealed what made John Cena cry during this time. He also revealed the reaction behind the scenes.
“I just knew that at some point I’m going to have to shut down the aqueduct and focus on doing business with John Cena, and John Cena was standing at ringside. And it was really impromptu, ”noted Henry. “It wasn’t something that was planned. John tried to give me the title, and I just said, ‘No, I don’t deserve to keep this. I never won that. I’m not going to do it, ”and he just started to cry because I had emotionally touched him.
“When I looked over there and saw him cry, I was like, oh, shoot, that’s different. I knew it was different. From the time a lot of the stuff that was left in the tank came out of my mouth to walking in the back, when I rode in the back, for the first time in my career, and that was the end of my career, all the wrestlers were in the back waiting for me. It was like walking into a crowd of concerts.
“You leave the stage and enter the people. Everyone was there, and everyone was clapping and clapping, coming over and hugging me. I was like, damn it, I would have retired a long time ago if I had known I would have caught everyone’s attention. It will always be a moment in my career that I will cherish.
One of the iconic pieces in the segment was Henry’s salmon jacket. When asking questions from fans, a fan asked Henry if he still had the jacket.
“I actually let WWE archive it for WrestleMania’s so fans can see it all, ”Henry revealed. “This hanging in my closet will not benefit the fans, so a lot of my stuff is in museums and halls of fame. “
Henry also commented on whether he had a “perfect match” or not. He talks about his memorable matches he had in his career.
“No game I’ve ever had has been perfect,” admitted Henry. “The night I lost the heavyweight title to Daniel Bryan, he and I had a cage game the week before, it was pretty darn spectacular. Everything we did was working. You could go out there and wave, and all the crowd would wave. Everything worked, and I’m thinking about this game.
“I am thinking of being in a main event at LutteMania with Undertaker in the coffin match. It was another game where everything worked out, but it wasn’t just because of me. I don’t pat myself on the back like that. I say that from a game point of view. Guess I can only take credit for the promos and pre-recordings, where I was alone, and I don’t think any of them were perfect, but I guess my talk of retirement had an impact, which fans found pretty darn perfect.
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