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John Cena vs. Mark Henry: Money in the Bank WWE Championship Bout Needs Rematch

DURBAN, SOUTH AFRICA - JULY 08:  Mark Henry 'The World's Strongest Man' is introduced during the WWE Smackdown Live Tour at Westridge Park Tennis Stadium on July 08, 2011 in Durban, South Africa.  (Photo by Steve Haag/Gallo Images/Getty Images)
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Donald WoodFeatured ColumnistJuly 15, 2013

When John Cena defeated Mark Henry via submission to retain the WWE Championship at the WWE’s 2013 Money in the Bank pay-per-view, the need for a rematch at SummerSlam became obvious.

Even if he were to go and lose at the company’s next PPV, Henry proved Sunday with his performance that he deserves another shot at Cena and his title.

Henry is the most prolific heel in the company right now (despite submitting to Cena at the PPV), and the 17-year WWE veteran has proven to be one of the biggest threats to the champion’s reign.

With legitimate excitement around the match at Money in the Bank and Henry’s recent promo work, there is no doubt that the World’s Strongest Man could spin the submission loss in his favor.

If there was any superstar that could convince the WWE Universe that he was still a big enough threat to earn a rematch, it would be Henry.

The World’s Strongest Man is too good right now to squander on a meaningless short-term feud like the WWE did with Ryback at WrestleMania, and continuing the battle with the company’s top star gives both men a marquee match for the second-biggest PPV of the year.

Vince McMahon and company officials know what they will get from Henry in the potential title bout—there is nothing flashy or fast-paced about the sheer brutality the former world champion possesses, but he is consistent. The importance of that trust can’t be underestimated at a show as important as SummerSlam.

Cena vs. Henry II would be a great battle of big men.

As much as Henry deserves to wear the WWE Championship, if he were to get a rematch, the odds would once again be stacked against him.

Instead of allowing him to lose clean again and walk off looking incredibly weak, Henry should be the key to Randy Orton’s briefcase cash-in.

If the company isn’t willing to hand the title over to Henry, affording him the chance to demolish Cena like he did on Sunday and open the window of opportunity for Orton to cash in the Money in the Bank contract at a grand stage like SummerSlam would be perfect.

Henry deserves to have his name all over the history books, and if he isn’t winning the WWE Championship, he must fight Cena and at least cause the title change.

The World’s Strongest Man did it for Daniel Bryan in 2011. Let’s do it again!

 

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