WWE's Mark Henry Retires
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Former World Heavyweight Champion Mark Henry has retired from in-ring competition, according to the Wrestling Observer's Dave Meltzer.
The 46-year-old has appeared on WWE TV sporadically over recent years after assuming ambassadorial duties within the company's legends program.
His last official match came at April's WrestleMania 33, where he participated in the Andre The Giant Memorial Battle Royal, won by Mojo Rawley. The decision to hang up his boots comes after more than 20 years of performing for the company, none of them short of incident.
Henry originally signed for Vince McMahon in 1996, turning his hand to professional wrestling after representing the United States in Olympic weightlifting. The early portion of his career saw him team up with The Rock as part of the Nation of Domination, before becoming known as "Sexual Chocolate".
Under this guise, he experienced perhaps his most famous WWE moment, when he fathered a child with Mae Young, who would subsequently give birth to a hand. It would be a further decade before the self-proclaimed World's Strongest Man began headlining shows, winning the ECW Championship in 2008 and the World Heavyweight Title three years later.
Henry is expected to continue working for WWE as an ambassador, with many tipping him for a spot in the company's Hall of Fame in the near-future.