Mark Henry is in the midst of a face turn, and it is going to dilute the World's Strongest Man and ruin his character until he turns heel again.
Mark Henry has been with WWE since 1996, and in that time he has switched from heel to babyface more than his fair share, and he is always better as a heel.
There's a good reasons for this. Guys Henry's size are just naturally better as a heel.
The Sexual Chocolate gimmick got him over with fans for a little while, but he was sent back to OVW to train after the angle where he and Mae Young had a child that was just a big hand.
The funny thing is that a large portion of the WWE audience wasn't even old enough to remember the sexual chocolate gimmick, but they still chant for it every so often.
After returning to the main roster in 2002, he went several years without being a true contender for the WWE or world titles. He was just sort of there for awhile.
Believe it or not, it took Mark Henry 10 years to actually win his first title in WWE. Jeff Jarrett once gave him the European title, which he then lost a month later, but it wasn't until 2008 where he would legitimately win his first title.
As ECW champion, it was clear that Henry was just plain better as a heel. His promo work was better, the crowd reacted to him better and his in-ring style of dominating opponents fit a heel better.
The last two years have seen Henry really come into his own. It was as if someone lit a fire inside him that brought out the true main eventer in him.
His Hall of Pain gimmick propelled him into the World title scene, and he ended up winning the World title for the first time in his decade-plus career.
His encounters with Big Show and Daniel Bryan proved that Henry had the versatility to perform at a high level against different types of superstars.
Henry had finally found the right groove and fans were seeing him reach his real potential for the first time in his career, and it all happened as a heel.
Henry as a babyface just doesn't sell. It's the same thing with Big Show. They might be popular with some fans while they are faces, but they always work better as heels.
Henry recently returned from injury and shocked everyone by claiming he was retiring, only to turn on John Cena and declare his intentions to win the WWE title. It was an angle that had people talking for weeks, and it was all because of Henry's Oscar-worthy performance.
He was unsuccessful in his match with Cena, and the next night he began a babyface turn when The Shield attacked him. Now Henry is back where he started.
The entertainment value just isn't there when he is a babyface. His whole persona screams "Heel" and his dominance in the ring makes him easy to hate when he is destroying one of our heroes like Daniel Bryan.
Henry might be the World's Strongest Man, but in a way it has worked against him. Guys his size have a hard time getting over as babyfaces. It is just easier to be a heel when you are able to physically dominate your opponents like Henry can.
This new babyface run is not what Henry needs at this point in his career. His time in the ring is winding down, and if he has any hope of winning another top title before he retires, he should start pushing to go back to being a heel as soon as his feud with The Shield is done.
What do you think? Can Henry thrive as a babyface, or is he better off as a heel?
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