The vehicle pull is a popular event at the yearly World’s Strongest Man competition. Contestants pull everything from buses to boxcars to trams and even airplanes! And although Mark Henry has never competed in this event, many feel he is the world’s strongest man due to the various weightlifting records he holds. This clip of him pulling two tractor trailers over a distance of 20 feet may just solidify the sentiment many hold that nobody can match his overall strength.
Tractor Trailer Weight
According to the man speaking on the microphone, these tractor trailers have a combined weight of over 100,000 pounds (55 tons). Whether manufactured by Kenworth, Peterbuilt, or another semi-truck manufacturer, most semi-trailers weigh about 32,000 pounds when empty and can carry 34,000 pounds fully loaded with tandem trailers. So at 55,000 pounds a piece, each trailer here would have to have about 20,000 pounds of cargo in it as well.
A World Record?
Mark Henry may have set the world record here as far as pulling two tractor trailers, but in 2008, Mark Kirsch set the world record for heaviest plane pull when he pulled a Boeing 767 over a distance of 100 feet. The pull was a little different than Henry’s in that he had a pulling rope in addition to a harness, but the plane weighed 205,000 pounds, which was 95,000 pounds more than the two tractor trailers, and Kirsch also pulled it 80 feet further.
It would be interesting to see if Henry could accomplish the same feat Kirsch did; but even though he doesn’t have the record for most weight pulled, he broke a host of national and world records throughout his impressive weightlifting career. Henry dominated the early 1990s in national power lifting, winning gold medals at the ’93, ’94, and ’96 US National Weightlifting Championships, as well as taking home gold in ’95 and ’97 USAPL National Powerlifting Championships. He also won gold at the WDFPF World Powerlifting Championships in 1995. In addition to all those gold medals, here are some of the records that he broke:
- Squat – 953.5 pounds
- Deadlift – 903.9 pounds
- Powerlift – 2336.9 pounds
- Snatch – 396.8 pounds
- Clean and Jerk – 485 pounds
As you’ll see in the clip, Henry pulled the two trailers on an episode of WWE’s Smackdown in 2013. Henry made his first appearance in the WWE in 1996, and gave himself the wrestling nickname “Sexual Chocolate” a couple years after that. In 2008, he became the ECW Champion, and finally became the WWE World Heavyweight Champion for the first time in 2011. During his wrestling career, he also won the Arnold Strongman Classic in 2002. His other nicknames include “The King of the Jungle,” “The Silverback,” and of course, “The World’s Strongest Man.”
World’s Strongest Man Debate
Due to his weightlifting records and this recent feat, many recognize Henry as the world’s strongest man. A Lithuanian known as “Big Z” won the official World’s Strongest Man Competition in 2014; however, his squat and deadlift records of 937 and 898 pounds respectively fall short of Henry’s personal bests. That being said, do you think Henry is still the world’s strongest man based on this feat and his previous records? This clip is from the WWE which might make you skeptical, but there’s no denying how strong this guy is based on his national and world records.