The World's Strongest Man Mark Henry did what he does and beat Ryback at WrestleMania XXIX, but it was Ryback that got the last laugh post-match by hitting the Shellshock finisher.
This was a match that didn't look to be on the cards before a few weeks ago. Ryback had previously been slotted in the six-man tag match involving The Shield. Then he was removed from said match by Vickie Guerrero and put in a singles bout with Mark Henry.
While not the most high-profile match on the card, this one always looked good to deliver. Fans knew they weren't going to get a mat classic, but instead a match built on the strength of two behemoths. It's pretty simple yet effective storytelling. In terms of sheer spectacle, this was one of the more unique matches at WrestleMania.
Unlike quite a few storylines going into the pay-per-view, Henry and Ryback had a very fresh feud and weren't recreating what they had done previously. Whether or not their rivalry will continue after this match remains to be seen.
For Henry, this just continues the strong showings he's been making ever since returning in early February. The World's Strongest Man has looked every bit the monster he had been prior to his injury back in May 2012. Now with a win over Ryback, you could very easily see Henry put in either of the title pictures should he move on.
The picture doesn't look as rosy for Ryback. This is yet another major event where he's come up short. It started with Hell in a Cell, followed by Survivor Series, Tables, Ladders & Chairs, Royal Rumble, Elimination Chamber and now WrestleMania. Granted some of those losses came via interference from The Shield, but Ryback needs to regain some of the positive momentum he had a few months ago. He's still very popular with the fans, but that's not likely to continue if he continues losing big matches.
This feud should likely carry into Extreme Rules next month, where Ryback should walk out victorious.
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