For years he was an eternal jobber. Every Royal Rumble match he was regarded as a favorite because no one would be able to lift him over the ropes. It was of course ridiculous, Mark Henry was simply Rumble fodder to the latest powerhouse superstar.
Other examples where Henry would be utilized would be during a bodyslam match. He would, of course, win and win comfortably against some diminutive mouthpiece.
And yet Henry, despite these years of stagnation, seems to have been reborn in the past two years. His brand of brutal aggression has taken him to the World Title.
But the simple question remains is he deserving?
There are thousands of wrestlers in history who did not get their chance. The list is well-known and has been subject to many articles and slideshows. Roddy Piper and Curt Hennig remain two of the biggest names. So loyalty is not always guaranteed to produce the gold.
The argument that Henry needs to be rewarded carries no weight whatsoever. Otherwise, we might have been calling for Shoichi Funaki to be given the big gold belt.
It seems Mark Henry's rise to prominence has not been well thought out. He does not have the necessary mic skills, wrestling ability or image. He is a big guy but so too are The Great Khali and Big Show. Their matches are not reflective of quality.
Some might disagree but it seems he is a stop-gap champion—not unlike those found on TNA, where a new superstar every week is seemingly vying for the title.
As someone who has seen the entirety of Henry's WWE career, I cannot help but think his rise is an indication of just how poor the roster has become.
Henry can always be relied upon to be a presence in WWE. Need a big guy, Henry is your man. Need a champion, though, and it might not be the World's Strongest Man.
Time will tell if this pundit has called it wrong, but WWE has lost its way in promoting the new generation. Reliance on veterans such as Henry and returning legends like The Rock shows the WWE is going with what it knows rather than with potential risks.
But as WrestleMania XXIX slowly appears into view would a Henry championship reign really put people in seats? Would he draw a million buys for a match with Big Show?
In the end, WWE sometimes fails to use talent when it is creatively strongest. Superstars are allowed to drift for years before they are effectively used. Maybe this is the autumn of Henry's career and if he does win a title, then good for him.
However, it seems that by having him in the title picture, it might just be a long, cold winter for WWE.