Now that WWE has openly acknowledged talking to Hulk Hogan again, and reports that he’ll likely be back with the company sooner rather than later, everyone within the industry is getting a chance to react to that. One of those people is Mark Henry, who was recently announced as a member of the 2018 class of the WWE Hall of Fame.
On Busted Open Radio, he had this to say:
"I don't know if I'm ready. There's a lot to be done." - @TheMarkHenry addresses the discussions between Hulk Hogan and the WWE, if we should see him at #WrestleMania 34 and what Hogan should do if he wants to come back. pic.twitter.com/CfZ23zlLaO— SiriusXM Busted Open (@BustedOpenRadio) March 24, 2018
”There are leaked videos of the Andre story on HBO coming up, on the 29th is the opening in Los Angeles, and he’s in it. It’s kind of a deal where you have to accept it. He’s a public figure. It doesn’t mean that everything that he’s done is forgiven, you just gotta take the good with the bad and see how you could help the situation. I’m sitting on the chair of the delegation and they’re not ready. I’ve had many talks, with dozens of guys, and the consensus is there’s a lot of work to be done to heal that wound and to fix that wall.”
But what is the delegation?
”The delegation is pretty much all of the more established African-American wrestlers in the country and in the world, for that matter. Every promotion... there’s not a wrestling promotion that doesn’t house someone from the delegation.”
And what does Hogan need to do?
”There’s gonna have to be more community service and outside work. Support for programs and even creative programs that deal with diversity in the workplace. ... I don’t process everything like everybody else. I believe that everybody should be given a second chance but I also believe that you have to own your issue, whatever that issue is. You gotta try to make closure on everybody else’s behalf, not just yours.”
In WWE’s statement, they mention figuring out “how he can help others learn from his mistakes.” Perhaps, then, Henry just made clear how exactly WWE should go about bringing him back. After all, there’s an entire locker room he’ll have to win over again.