WWE News: WWE Spoils Record-Breaking Bench Press Contest

Gone Baby GoneContributerMarch 27, 2013

Courtesy WWE.com
Courtesy WWE.com

It's disclosure time again: If you are not a fan of spoilers, there is no need to read any further.

Especially if you are looking forward to all that WWE has in store for Friday night's SmackDown.

All right, now with that out of the way, it's time to get down to business.

Tuesday night, WWE.com posted the following spoiler on its website:

Mark Henry and Ryback broke the NFL scouting combine record for the 225-pound bench press with a stunning 53 repetitions each during a sold-out television taping of SmackDown in Hershey, Pa., Tuesday night.

The World’s Strongest Man crushed the record of 51 reps, set by Justin Ernest at the 1999 NFL combine. His count nearly stood at 54, but WWE referee Scott Armstrong elected not to count the final lift.

“[Henry] hit the 53,” the seasoned official said, explaining why he didn’t count the last attempt, “but when he was about to hit 54, he couldn’t get it all the way up and then he racked it. So the official mark stands at 53.”

Although Henry’s feat was truly incredible, Ryback looked ready to break the newly established record with 54 reps. After tying The World’s Strongest Man, however, his WrestleMania adversary prevented him from going further by pushing the bar down upon him.

Well, this may be the first spoiler that the WWE has posted that I think makes sense. The fact is, if this competition didn't set a record, it probably would have gone unmentioned until Friday night. However, when you have two major players breaking an NFL bench press record, you have to report it as it happens.

Ultimately, I am not entirely shocked that Henry pulled this off, as he has built his career around being the "World's Strongest Man." Yes, this may be a nickname for the Superstar, but he a history of proving that the moniker fits.

In fact, up until last weekend, Henry claimed a weightlifting record that lasted for 22 years.

Not to mention, if it weren't for the notoriety that he gained from those competitions, he may never have had a career with the WWE.

That being said, I am certain that both men could have pushed themselves a bit further, but then we wouldn't have had this type of build for their WrestleMania match. Overall, I am hopeful that these two titans can pull off a solid match that gives Ryback the much-needed momentum to push him to the next level.

In the end, if Ryback doesn't walk away with a win at 'Mania, he may be looked at as one of the biggest busts of the year.