His size, power and intensity make Mark Henry the most frightening force in the WWE.
In WWE's stories of good versus evil and Davids versus Goliaths, Henry is the most convincing monster, an intimidating beast who may have to wade through backstage politics in order to do what he does best again.
F4WOnline.com reports (via WrestlingInc.com) that Henry has been out with a shoulder injury and that "WWE officials had something big planned for Henry and aren't happy that he's taking time off when surgery isn't needed."
If this is true and ends up negatively affecting his booking, it's a shame for WWE fans.
In an era where kayfabe is all but nonexistent, where fans are often difficult to impress, Henry is one of the rare performers whose physical attributes have fans forgetting about the script and the fourth wall and just getting sucked into the show. If he is squabbling with WWE, he's not likely to get a big share of the spotlight.
The roles of the company's top monstrous heels will then go to men like Ryback and Big Show. As talented as both those guys are, they can't play the monster or exude dominance as convincingly as Henry.
The most obvious component of his scary aura is his size.
Beyond being 6'4'' and over 400 pounds, Henry is built like a redwood trunk. He certainly doesn't look like an athlete as much as Ryback, but he looks like someone who could run through a wall.
In his battle against Sheamus at Extreme Rules, he made the Celtic Warrior look small. That's tough to do to a man who is 6'4'' and over 250 pounds.
The only Superstar who can dwarf the roster in both height and girth the way Henry does is Big Show. As powerful as Big Show is, he can't match Henry in the strength department.
Just about everyone in the WWE is strong. Kaitlyn can probably outlift a good number of fans. Henry's strength, though, is other-wordly.
Antonio Cesaro has been impressive in being able to lift men like Great Khali, but Henry just pulled two tractor trailers on WWE SmackDown. For fans to know that Henry is capable of something like this, of accomplishing what he has in the world of powerlifting, it's more believable that he is an unstoppable force in the ring.
It's these feats of strength that provide tangible evidence that Henry is able to tear his opponents apart or if he chose to do so, toss a fan like a shot put.
His biggest asset, something that has been harnessed better in the later stages of his career, is his intensity.
Being as big and strong as he is provides plenty of intimidation, but it's his nasty streak that puts him in a class by himself. From his scowl to the way he screams, "That's what I do" in the middle of a beatdown, Henry exudes an air of aggression that is unnerving.
Watch his intensity radiate in this segment with Jim Ross.
He looks as if he could snap at any point and destroy the announcer with ease. Speaking that closely to Henry is akin to swimming in shark-infested water with blood smeared all along your skin.
Is there a wrestler you'd less like to be in arm's reach of when he's swinging a belt?
It's rare that someone combines all these elements together so well in an enthrallingly destructive package. This makes Henry invaluable to the company. For every hero to thrive, he must have a monster to vanquish.
His absence creates a shortage of true monsters in the company. The balance of light and dark is not right with him out of the mix. Here's hoping he returns soon and is asked to create a new wing or two in the Hall of Pain.