WWE Hall Of Famer, Mark Henry, has given some high praise to ROH World Champion, Jay Lethal. The “World’s Strongest Man” shared that Lethal deserves to be mentioned within the same breath as luminaries such as The Rock, Ron Simmons, and other influential, trailblazing African American wrestlers.
Speaking with Busted Open Radio, Henry would admit that, though Lethal is a friend, he is still a contemporary.
“Jay Lethal, you are a friend, but more than that you are a contemporary. You deserve to be spoke of in the same breath as The Rock, a Ron Simmons, a Booker T, a Mark Henry,” he said. “The list goes on of African American wrestlers that have paved the way throughout history. You are setting the stage for the two or three generations after you. […] I am very proud that you’re headlining Madison Square Garden.”
Henry would then juxtapose Lethal headlining in Madison Square Garden with Kofi Kingston’s WrestleMania 35 opportunity the next day against the Planet’s Champion, Daniel Bryan. The two will compete for the WWE Championship.
“The mirror of you [Lethal] and Kofi both at the same time. When people say, ‘well, there’s no African American influence in wrestling.’ I’ll be damned if there’s not an African American influence. Jay Lethal and Kofi Kingston are at the top of the game right now. Right now.”
Jay Lethal defends the ROH World Championship against both Marty Scurll and Matt Taven in a triple threat ladder match. This match takes place on Ring Of Honor and New Japan Pro Wrestling’s massive co-promoted G1 Supercard event. The event takes place on Saturday 6th April from Madison Square Garden, New York.