Mark Henry should have won the Elimination Chamber match this Sunday on pay-per-view. Instead, he was left flat on his back and once again nowhere near the title.
Despite the fact that he destroyed his competition and he is the WWE’s biggest monster heel, it looks like Henry will not be wearing gold again anytime soon.
This should have been Henry’s night to shine. After nine months out with an injury, he was back. His return meant that WWE had a full-time monster heel on the roster again, this time one who could believably hurt people.
The whole good guy and bad guy idea of wrestling works best with strong bad guys. Not funny bad guys, but legitimate bad guys who make the fans passionately and emotionally get behind the good guy.
It worked with Hulk Hogan. Who can forget the emotional involvement of his battle with Sgt. Slaughter during the height of the first Gulf War? Especially after Slaughter turned his back on the United States and embraced Iraq.
What about when the behemoth Yokozuna squashed wrestlers? He was a monster heel like Henry, not afraid to hurt people and make it believable.
In the Chamber match, Henry proved he was championship material.
Henry was the sixth and final man to enter the chamber. All the other participants were still in the ring when the World’s Strongest Man was set free. Once unleashed, he was like a raging bull, knocking down everyone who got in his path.
He made quick work of former world champion Daniel Bryan, hitting him with the World’s Strongest Slam, followed by the pin. He followed that by slamming Randy Orton through the glass of one of the pods.
Next, Kane wanted his shot at Henry. They exchanged blows and Kane briefly dominated Henry. But the tide turned just as quickly once Henry caught Kane in the World’s Strongest Slam and pinned him.
In a matter of minutes Henry had eliminated not only the current tag team champions, but also two former world champions.
What did it take to get Henry out? Jack Swagger had to land a big boot, Chris Jericho needed the Codebreaker and Orton had to use the RKO. It took the joint efforts of all three men to put Henry out.
Now with Swagger going on to face Alberto Del Rio for the World Heavyweight title at WrestleMania XXIX, Henry is left out in the cold. He’s not going to battle fellow heels Antonio Cesaro and Wade Barrett. He’s not going to challenge The Rock.
Once again, the man who was lost in the WWE roster for nearly 15 years is back with nothing to do. Watching him squash other wrestlers is fun and exciting. But if he’s not pushing toward a larger goal, what’s the point?