In an appearance on the Battleground Podcast, AEW’s Mark Henry was asked what areas AEW could look to improve in as the company continues to grow. Henry went with his usual answers; strengthening media outreach and giving back to the community.
“We have to do more of this,” Henry said, referring to the podcast. “Marketing and creating relationships with the media. Not just the big media but the grassroots media, podcasts, companies that are interesting in pro wrestling, not only to market, but just fans. And community involvement. We will be reaching out to people who are terminally ill, as I will today on Twitter after I get through talking to you guys.
“We’re going to go to the Boys and Girls clubs in the communities that we go to. The Special Olympics, Wounded Warriors and different things that deal with our military. There’s something coming up in Jacksonville where the police officers that train the K9’s, we’re going to go and pick up those guys. So it’s like, we’re going to touch everything we can in the communities we go to, to let people know we’re not just trying to take. We’re trying to give as well.”
Prior to joining AEW, Henry had spent his entire twenty plus year career working for the WWE. Asked if he was happy that was the only place he wrestled or if he would’ve liked to have branched out more, Henry had a surprising answer.
“I wish that I could’ve spent a little more time working in Japan and working in Mexico,” Henry said. “But I traveled all over the world. I went to those places, it just wasn’t for an extended amount of time. You go into Japan for two days and you work a couple of places. Yokohama, Tokyo, get back on the plane, come home. We did Monterrey, we did Mexico City, we did Pachuca, we did Puerto Rico, we did the Dominican Republic. We would go up to Canada and do every province. There was no place left untouched. Now I want to do that with AEW.”
Henry was also asked about AEW’s partnerships with other companies like Impact Wrestling, NWA, AAA and New Japan. Focusing more on AEW’s crossover with Impact, Henry voiced his approval of AEW working with other promotions.
“I thought ‘what a novel concept,”‘ Henry said of the idea. “Give the fans what they want and not have it be one sided. And I think that, coming up, it’s going to be really interesting to see a relationship between Jay White and Kenny Omega, what’s going to happen. Jay pretty much ran Kenny out of the Bullet Club, out of Japan. And now here they are back in America, where people can see them, on a week to week basis in Impact. It’s going to be good, it’s going to be good for pro wrestling.”
This led to Henry being asked if a potential supershow between AEW and other companies would be a good idea. For right now, Henry feels it isn’t necessary due to AEW already using talent from other promotions.
“I think AEW is doing it on its own,” Henry said. “We don’t really need anybody else to do that. It’s cool to have the Forbidden Door and to be able to work with Impact and (NWA) Power. It’s more organized than something that’s a collective. I don’t necessarily think that it’s needed because we’re already doing it.”
You can watch the full interview below.
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