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Mark Henry explains why locker room morale is down in WWE

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After spending roughly 25 years in WWE, Mark Henry recently left Vince McMahon’s pro wrestling corporate juggernaut for greener pastures in AEW.

On the latest episode of Oral Sessions with Renee Paquette, Henry explained that he told McMahon that he wanted all the benefits that come with being a WWE employee, but it became apparent that wasn’t going to happen. That’s when he picked up the phone and gave a call to Tony Khan.

With all of the recent talent cuts and corporate restructuring going on in WWE, Henry surmised that morale in the locker room is down, and he understands why so many people think WWE is preparing for a sale.

Henry: “I’m kind of shocked at everything that’s happening, because when I look at the product, I think that some people might be disappointed. Talent wise, morale has got to be down. But it looks to me like the WWE is breaking everything up and closing some doors to get everything to be kind of normal for a change. And usually when people break everything up like that and start moving and closing departments, it’s so they can sell it. I don’t know if that’s a good thing or a bad thing. I don’t own it. So, it’s going to be something to look at. Because you see what happened...they had [WWE] Network, and they went to Peacock, and now that’s somebody else’s responsibility. They’re taking all of the expenditures out and making it more of a pretty package to buy and do whatever you want to with it...It’s more geared towards making it comfortable for what’s next, rather than what is.”

Renee honed in on how the talent must feel right now in the WWE locker room:

Paquette: “...There’s nothing worse than going to work feeling like you’re on eggshells. That does not lead to good performances.”

Henry: “It don’t. Like I said, it’s bad for morale. You feel, like, pressed. Like if I don’t go out here and do super fantastic, I might be next. You know, it’s not a great feeling.”

Paquette: “Yeah. It’s scary...Jon [Moxley] and I were having a conversation the other day, I’m like man we got out at the perfect time...I couldn’t imagine being there now and just being like, what is happening? Like, your head would be spinning. It sucks. I feel so bad for everybody there.”

WWE is bringing in record profits, even during a global pandemic. Yet instead of sharing that extra money with the wrestlers who are breaking their bodies to generate it, WWE has instead decided that it makes more sense to cut the budget for talent. On top of that, rumors persist about more talent cuts in the coming weeks.

Yeah, I’d say that’s a great reason for morale to be down.