Mark Henry Retired? Title Match for Royal Rumble, MMC Charities
Friday, January 12, 2018
Mark Henry has been wrestling for WWE for over twenty years, and he has accomplishments such as a WrestleMania match against The Undertaker and a World Heavyweight Championship run to be proud of. Henry has not competed in a match for several months now. While he is still under contract to WWE, he is being advertised for a non-wrestling appearance at an upcoming Northeast Wrestling charity event on March 2nd in Waterbury, Connecticut. Unsurprisingly, Dave Meltzer noted in this week's Wrestling Observer Newsletter that Henry's days in the ring are largely considered to be over from WWE and from Mark Henry's perspective.
Enzo Amore has managed to hold onto the Cruiserweight Championship for a while now, but he's had a few close calls against Cedric Alexander as of late. A sudden bout with the flu prevented him from defending the title on one occasion, and Cedric won another match against Enzo by count out on Raw this past Monday night. It has been confirmed by WWE that Alexander will be receiving another chance to win the title when he takes on Enzo Amore for the Cruiserweight Championship once again at the Royal Rumble pay-per-view. The match will air during the Royal Rumble event, which will be taking place on January 28th.
Now that the Mixed Match Challenge teams and brackets have been revealed, the next order of business called for the participants to select a charity of their choice that they wish to compete for. The Mixed Match Challenge sees male and female WWE performers team up in mixed tag team action as they compete for a $100,000 grand prize. In addition to the grand prize, the charity that they have selected will receive $10,000. The show will last approximately 12 weeks, and it will premiere on Facebook watch on January 16th at 10pm ET, right after Smackdown goes off the air. Check out WWE's listing each team's selected charities down below:
- Americares helps save lives and improve health for people affected by poverty or disaster. Represented by: Bayley and Elias.
- Boys & Girls Clubs of America provides the resources needed to enable all young people, especially those who need them most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens. Represented by: Jimmy Uso & Naomi.
- Connor’s Cure raises awareness and funds for pediatric cancer research, in partnership with The V Foundation and Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh. Represented by: Alexa Bliss and Braun Strowman.
- Girl Up, a United Nations Foundation initiative, inspires and connects girls globally through its leadership program that positions girls to be changemakers in their communities. Represented by: Bobby Roode and Charlotte Flair.
- Global Citizen encourages the collective actions of people around the world with the goal of ending extreme poverty by 2030. Represented by: Lana and Rusev.
- Hire Heroes USA empowers U.S. military members, veterans and military spouses to succeed in the civilian workforce. Represented by: Alicia Fox and Goldust.
- KaBOOM! is dedicated to making sure all kids get the childhood they deserve through great, safe places to play. Represented by: Big E and Carmella.
- Make-A-Wish creates life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses. Represented by: Natalya and Shinsuke Nakamura.
- Rescue Dogs Rock is an animal rescue organization whose goal is to provide homeless, neglected or abused dogs the medical care they need and the loving home they deserve. Represented by: Asuka and The Miz.
- UNICEF works in more than 190 countries and territories to put children first and works towards the day when no children suffer from preventable causes. UNICEF USA supports UNICEF’s work through fundraising, advocacy and education in the United States. Represented by: Becky Lynch and Sami Zayn.
- Special Olympics is a global inclusion movement using sport, health, education and leadership programs every day around the world to empower people with intellectual disabilities. Represented by: Finn Bálor and Sasha Banks.
- Susan G. Komen’s mission is to save lives by meeting the most critical needs in our communities and investing in breakthrough research to prevent and cure breast cancer. Represented by: Apollo Crews and Nia Jax.