WWE Hall Of Famer Mark Henry spoke with the folks from TMZ Sports this week to talk about the controversy surrounding Friday’s WWE Crown Jewel pay-per-view event in Saudi Arabia.
During the interview, “The World’s Strongest Man” was asked about WWE doing business with the Kingdom following the state-sponsored murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
“I think it was a horrible situation that it puts our whole country in, first off,” Henry said. “But that’s policy. That’s up for the country to decide and that’s up for the company to decide. It shouldn’t have any bearing on talent. Your political views should be your political views. I believe in business, being non-partisan. Doing your job and then letting the companies be the ones to work out all of those international particulars.”
Henry added, “So basically, I’m not saying shut up and dribble, like some people would, like somebody told me on social media – ‘That’s what you’re saying, shut up and dribble!’ No, I’m anti-that. What I’m saying is, we do our jobs until we know different and we don’t know different yet.”
Additionally, Henry touched on John Cena and Daniel Bryan reportedly pulling out of the WWE Crown Jewel PPV.
“I wouldn’t never say that person is making the wrong decision,” Henry said. “I would say that’s not the decision I would make. I would stand by my guns and do what’s best for business. I’m a firm believer in not leaving people out to dry, and I’ve done a lot of things in my career and in my life, my personal life, where I could say I’m not doing that. But there were people hanging in the balance and I didn’t want to screw those people over. So that’s the situation that this is in, our fans, they want to see you. You know, give our fans what they want.”
Check out the complete Mark Henry interview with TMZ Sports below.