KEY POINTS

  • Mark Henry says he would come out of retirement to face Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson
  • Henry dares The Rock to get his first win over him
  • The possibility of The Rock facing Roman Reigns at Wrestlemania 37 looms

Mark Henry has long been retired from WWE action, but it appears the 49-year-old is ready to don his trunks again. The former world heavyweight champion has issued a challenge to Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, with Henry pointing out that he is 2-0 against the actor-wrestler.

In a virtual interview with Brandon “Scoop B” Robinson,” Henry seemingly hyped up a potential match with the former WWE star.

“I think I should give him the opportunity to get one, to get a ‘chip against me. I think if I was to come out of retirement and wrestle somebody, I would say, “Hey man. You wrestling again, huh? You know you never beat me. Don’t that bother you a little bit? You should wanna get that ‘chip…” and see what he says,” Henry said.

The last time Henry was in the ring was in 2017 during Wrestlemania 33. He competed in the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal. Though he has been out of the ring since then, the acclaimed “World’s Strongest Man” has kept himself in shape even at his age.

Joining the WWE in 1996, there is no question that the former Olympian has had a great ride in the squared circle. He is a former WWF European Champion and a two-time world champion. He was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2018, a year after he retired in 2017.

This comes not long after speculation grew of The Rock possibly making a ring return to face real-life cousin Roman Reigns.

During a chat with Hiram Garcia on his YouTube channel in September, The Rock discussed the possibility of having a match against Reigns at WrestleMania 37.

“Feels like the one that would make sense, right, would be Roman. In terms of box-office draw… I know how that conversation goes. 'Listen, here's what we're thinking. Roman beats you now at this WrestleMania. But, listen, before you guys say anything. Then on the next one… that's when…” he said.

“But you know what, the truth is, I would be honored not only to share the ring with Roman and to go back to the WWE. But of course, I would be honored to have him raise his hand in that one,” he added.

Meanwhile, the Big Dog is currently embroiled in a feud with another real-life cousin, Jey Uso. Both are set to face off at Hell in a Cell this Sunday in an “I Quit” match.

Though Jey Uso pulled one on Reigns, using his brother Jimmy to help him out during a recent episode of SmackDown, a victory by the reigning Universal Champion is seen as likely. And from there, it could radiate to a potential Wrestlemania 37 showdown with The Rock.

Supporting that possibility is Reigns’ manager Paul Heyman singling out how The Rock called out Reigns. For him, this could very well lead to a match. This and more were discussed by Heyman and Ariel Herwani of ESPN. A video of that program can be seen below.

Dwayne Johnson In this picture, 'The Rock' Johnson attends a press conference to announce that MetLife Stadium will host WWE Wrestlemania 29 in 2013 at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey, Feb. 16, 2012. Photo: Michael N. Todaro/Getty Images