Christian and Mark Henry meet in the squared circle. Photo credit: Break.com
Alex Riley, Christian, Evan Bourne, Ezekiel Jackson and Mark Henry are some of the stars out due to injuries. All of these stars deserve a push when they make their eventual returns.
Christian won the World Heavyweight Title in a match against Alberto Del Rio at the 2011 Extreme Rules event. He lost the title to Randy Orton a few days later. He then regained the title at Money in the Bank, yet lost it to Orton again at SummerSlam.
He returned from injury in February and began feuding with Cody Rhodes for the Intercontinental Title. Christian’s last match was on July 27th, a losing effort against The Miz for the IC Title. He is currently recovering from shoulder surgery.
Henry has been out since May 14th, after receiving career-threatening surgery. According to Wrestling Inc., Henry began lifting weights and training for a return in early September.
Henry received a huge push to the top in 2011. He won the World Title from Randy Orton at Night of Champions. He lost the title to Big Show at TLC in December. Henry then challenged CM Punk for the WWE Championship before announcing his surgery.
If and when both Christian and Henry return, they will make big impacts in the World Title picture. WWE should book Henry a couple of squash matches just to prove his strength, to reintroduce the “Hall of Pain” and make him a monster heel. Henry would be a good challenge for Sheamus if he is still champion. Depending on if Christian returns as a heel or face, he could feud with Del Rio or Orton.
The main-event picture is not as deep as it once was. With only Del Rio, Big Show and Orton chasing Sheamus for the World Title, Christian and Henry would bring a breath of fresh air to the title picture. Neither man can afford not to be in the mid-card title picture this late in their careers.