Friend Encounters is a weekly series featuring friends who have met celebrities.
Now there's a tag team! The World's Strongest Man Mark Henry and my pal John Dean look like they could do some damage in a wrestling ring. I need to think of a good team name for them.
Henry was a legit strong man before embarking on a successful pro wrestling career. He appeared at the 1996, becoming the largest athlete ever in the Olympics. He also competed in many international events and holds (or held) many weightlifting records.
He eventually moved onto pro wrestling, where he held multiple titles in the WWE. He currently works for All Elite Wrestling.
My bud John met Henry at the George Tragos/Lou Thesz Hall of Fame weekend at the Dan Gable Wrestling Museum. A big fan of wrestling and comic cons, I have met John at many such events. It's always great to see John there. He's one of my convention pals, who has become a good friend over the years.
I guess I could call the team "The World's Strongest Team," but that seems too easy. I'll keep thinking about it.
Mark Henry and John Dean in Waterloo, IA-July 2021.