WWE Hall of Famer Mark Henry recently appeared with Steve Austin on The Stone Cold Podcast, and the two men spoke in depth about their dislike for former WWE star Ahmed Johnson.
Henry was of the opinion that Johnson set a bad example for black wrestlers trying to get into the business in the 90s:
“I never liked him. He was a bad example for a black man. People struggled to get in this business. And try to make it a success and to make it equal and better than equal and he was ruining it. Ernie Ladd told me on my first day in the business, ‘Henry, don’t mess it up for everyone that looks like you afterwards.’ And I feel like Ahmed didn’t get that memo. Nobody told him. I think he was such a liar and people didn’t have enough faith in him to do the right thing that they wouldn’t have helped him anyways. So he ended up doing his own thing.”
Henry also told of his fury when Johnson allegedly tried to drop pills into his drink:
“He tried to pill me one night. I went out to eat with him and Fatu. I turned my drink up and there’s two Somas in my water. I don’t drink alcohol. Two Soma’s could have killed me for all I know. I said, ‘Look guys, who put this in my drink?’ Fatu said, ‘Look man, I’m not saying nothing about nobody else but I didn’t do it.’ And there’s only two of them sitting there. I said, ‘Don’t finish your meal because I’m going outside and we’re going to handle this outside.’ I waited thirty forty minutes. I just threw his and Fatu’s bags out of the car and went on my way to Miami. So, I never liked Ahmed since. He never apologized or anything. I’m a guy who has based my life off being drug free and you’re going to try and pill me? You go to prison for that now.”
Steve Austin then admitted that he too was not a fan of Johnson, and further denied claims that he once sprayed racist terms on Johnson’s car.
“That guy has said things about me that were untrue,” Austin said. “Not a fan either. Thank you for attesting to [me not being a racist]. I’ve never been able to address that because I’ve never had the- never needed to. That’s a completely fabricated story and is complete horse sh*t and I’ve maintained my silence and this is the first time ever I’ve addressed it or talked about it.”
Henry gave his full support to Austin, making it clear that he did not think Austin held any kind of racist opinions.
“I would attest that you are not a racist,” Henry said. “You ain’t have to validate [Johnson’s] stupidity. I’m glad we can address it because the source that it came from was not valid enough for anybody to believe it anyways.”
Thanks to WrestlingInc for the podcast transcription.