WWE Smackdown: 7 Reasons Mark Henry Is the Best Big Man of All Time
The WWE has been blessed to see many great athletes come through the business. Included in that bunch are wrestlers who could be deemed as "monsters" due to their sheer size.
Andre the Giant. The Big Show. Bam Bam Bigelow. King Kong Bundy. Vader.
All of these wrestlers have had success in the WWE and possess a larger build.
However, Mark Henry is better than all of those men. In fact, he is the best big man of all time.
Here are seven reasons why.
No. 7: He Is Versatile
Henry doesn't have to be the strong heel that he is today.
One of the things that makes him so successful is his versatility.
He experienced success during the Attitude Era when he was under the persona of a fun-loving face, nicknamed Sexual Chocolate.
He even held the European Championship during his time with this persona.
Considering most big men in the business are stuck with one style of persona for their career due to limitations, having the versatility to change things up instantly increases Henry's value.
No. 6: He Is Willing to Spend Time in Tag Teams
This ties in with the previous slide as well.
Not only does Henry offer creative the ability to change around his persona, but they also can schedule him in different types of matches.
Far too many big guys spend their entire careers in the singles matches.
Henry is willing and does perform well in tag-team matches, giving him a bit of extra value.
No. 5: He Has Extreme Experience
Henry spent part of his career wrestling for then-WWE owned ECW.
Superstars that spend time there always seem to pick up some unique styles of wrestling due to the typically more graphic versions of wrestling that take place.
Granted, his time at ECW was during the birth of the PG Era, so the barbed wire and other crazy types of matches were not as prominent.
However, Henry was exposed to a more ruthless style of wrestling.
Not to mention, he succeeded in his time over there, serving as their champion for some time.
No. 4: He Is One of the Top Heels Today
Henry has blossomed into one of the top heels in the business today.
His persona of wanting to induct wrestlers into the "Hall of Pain" has really set him over the top and established his presence not only on the SmackDown roster, but also in the business in general.
The picture on this slide just displays an example of Henry embracing his heel role, attacking beloved face announcer Good Ol' J.R.
He was also a candidate for Superstar of the Year in 2011, and was the only "big man" in the running for the award.
The other candidates included CM Punk, John Cena, The Miz, Randy Orton and Alberto Del Rio.
No. 3: He Has Longevity
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After being the business for as long as Henry has, you see your fair share of wrestlers pass through.
Henry made his debut in 1996, just after his run at the Olympics.
While he has not been a prominent figure in wrestling his entire time, he is a hard worker who really improved his wrestling ability, and that has allowed him to remain in the business for over a decade.
No. 2: He Has Held Multiple Championships
For the vast majority of time in the business, holding the gold determines the level of success that you have.
Henry has held three different titles in the business.
He first held the European Championship, back in his days of Sexual Chocolate.
When he was with ECW, he held the ECW Championship.
Finally, his most recent championship run came last year when he held the World Heavyweight Championship.
If Henry is able to continue wrestling how he is, there is no reason to doubt that he will hold another championship in the future.
No. 1: He Has a Strong International Presence
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Mark Henry began his career path as a power lifter.
He had runs at the 1992 and 1996 Olympic Games, where injuries unfortunately derailed his chances at a gold medal.
However, Henry truly earned his moniker of the World's Strongest Man by breaking records for dead lifts and squatting.
Henry's work in the early part of his career paid off, as he was inducted into the inaugural class of the International Sports Hall of Fame earlier this month.