In a recent interview with Fightful, Mark Henry revealed that WWE superstar AJ Styles reached out to him after the recent fake retirement angle on WWE SmackDown.

“I loved it, I feel a sense of pride when I’m being honored, and WrestleMania, Bianca Belair did a Mark Henry spot and walked up the steps and pressed her opponent into the ring.

Whenever people do stuff like that, Braun Strowman did it several times, I just feel a sense of accomplishment, you feel like a proud papa, and I got a text message from AJ Styles saying man, I hope I made you proud.

It made my eyes well up, so having an effect on people, it’s sometimes greater than you doing it yourself, I don’t know if I explained that properly, I felt in my heart enough to make me tear up, so that was pretty damn special.”

The interview is available in full at this link.