Mark Henry made his WWF debut way back in 1996, and it took him 12 years to finally capture world title gold, Why, you ask? Because the creative team spent over a decade trying to figure out what to do with him!
Given a 10-year contract after the '96 Olympics, Henry was initially a generic strongman who was far too green for television, before he resurfaced as a member of the Nation of Domination.
Then came the infamous 'Sexual Chocolate' era (complete with Mae Young's hand-baby spawn) before spending most of the following decade floundering in the mid-card.
Repackaged yet again as a monster heel in early 2007, 'The World's Strongest Man' was given the biggest singles push of his career, which came to a head on June 29, 2008 when the big man captured the ECW Championship from Kane in a triple threat match that also involved The Big Show.
The title reign would last only 70 days before it came to an end when Matt Hardy emerged victorious in a Championship Scramble match at Unforgiven in September.
Three years later, Henry earned the biggest win of his 15-year WWE tenure when he defeated Randy Orton on Sept. 18, 2011, to capture the World Heavyweight Championship. Exactly three months later, 'The World's Strongest Man' dropped the belt to The Big Show at TLC.
A transitional champion by any definition of the word, Henry defended the belt in less-than-stellar matches against Orton, Show and The Great Khali.
It took Mark Henry more than a decade to earn a world championship run, and he hardly set the heather alight when carrying the strap.
After 15 years of watching him struggle in a variety of different gimmicks, it became difficult to accept 'The World's Strongest Man' as a legitimate champion, despite the fact he was on the biggest roll of his career.