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WWE Hall of Famer Mark Henry visits Binghamton

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BINGHAMTON, N.Y. -

WWE Hall of Fame heavyweight Mark Henry hosted a meet and greet ahead of the Binghamton Devils game against the Springfield Thunderbirds. He met fans, signed autographs, and took pictures before puck drop.

"I've always loved seeing my fans," said Henry. "Even when I was the bad guy."

Henry, also known as the 'Strongest Man Alive', is a retired professional wrestler, a one-time WWE European champion and two-time world champion, winning the ECW Championship in 2008 and the World Heavyweight Championship in 2011. He also competed in the 1996 Olympics as a weightlifter. He competed against the Undertaker in Wrestlemania 22, an event he will never forget.

"Being a main event was special," said Henry. "Not many people have the opportunity to be a main event performer especially not against someone of that caliber. I didn't like going in the coffin very much but still one of my fondest moments nonetheless."

Henry's meet and greet was to raise money for Sock Out Cancer, a local organization helping financially distressed families afford cancer care. The meet and greet was paired with a ticket to Friday's Binghamton Devils game. Henry, a hockey fan himself, was drawn to the sport in the early 1990s and loves the sport's physicality. 

"I understand the plight of the goon," said Henry. He joked about his lack of skills on the ice, but loves the fighting involved. 

No stranger to Binghamton, Henry has been in eight fights in the area. 

 "I've always had a good time here," said Henry. "The passion of the fans here is unbelievable."

Henry retired and was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2018. He is now a backstage producer for the WWE, working to advance the future of the sport.