WWE’s infamous training ground: Inside the Funkin’ Dojo

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March 14, 2013

Mark Henry

It’s not every day you have a total freak of nature wanting to learn how to wrestle. That’s exactly what Dory Funk Jr. got in Mark Henry. Although he was a powerlifter with Olympic experience, The World’s Strongest Man was surprisingly agile. Funk had heard rumors of this and asked for proof on Henry’s first day under his tutelage.

“I said, ‘I heard you can dunk a basketball,’ and he said ‘I can,’ ” Funk explained.

“He did,” he followed up with a laugh.

The WWE Hall of Famer didn’t keep his distance from the intimidating Henry. Funk got to see the potential for destruction that the 400-pounder possessed firsthand.

“I actually got in the ring and wrestled him,” Funk said. “Maybe I picked on him a little too much, because he got me with his powerslam and pinned me. He learned real fast.”

To Funk, it was no surprise when Henry defeated Randy Orton to capture the World Heavyweight Championship.

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