For years he was an eternal jobber. Every Royal Rumble match he was regarded as a "favorite" because no one would be able to lift him over the ropes. It was of course ridiculous, Mark Henry was simply Rumble fodder to the latest powerhouse superstar.
Other examples where Henry would be utilized would be during a "bodyslam" match. He would of course win and win comfortably against some diminutive mouthpiece.
And yet Mark Henry, despite these years of stagnation, seems to have been reborn in recent months. His brand of brutal aggression has taken him to the brink of a World Title. The World's Strongest Man is on the verge of joining a select few.
But is he deserving?
There are thousands of wrestlers in history that did not get their chance. The list is well known and has been subject to many articles and slideshows. Roddy Piper and Curt Henning remain two of the biggest names. So loyalty is not always guaranteed to produce the gold.
So the argument that Henry needs to be rewarded carries no weight whatsoever; otherwise, we might have been calling for Shoichi Funaki to be given the Big Gold Belt.
It seems, at least to this fan, that Mark Henry's rise to prominence just has not been well thought out. He does not have the necessary mic skills, wrestling ability or image. He is not over enough as a heel and not able, at present, to be a face.
Some might disagree, but it seems that he is a stop-gap challenger, not unlike those found on TNA, where a new superstar every week is seemingly vying for the title.
As someone who has seen the entirety of Mark Henry's WWE career, I cannot help but think that his rise is an indication of just how poor the quality of the WWE roster has become. Imagine if you will if he did indeed win the title, the potential matches he would have. They would be disastrous.
Henry can always be relied upon to be a presence in the WWE. Need a big guy, Mark is your man. Need a champion, though, and it might not be the World's Strongest Man.
Time will tell if this pundit has called it wrong, but I can't help but think that the WWE has lost its way in promoting the new generation. Reliance on veterans—Kevin Nash, Mark Henry and a returning Rock—shows that the WWE is going with what they know rather than with potential risks.
But as WrestleMania XXVIII begins, albeit very slowly, would a Mark Henry Championship reign really put people in seats? Would he draw a million buy-ins for a match with say, Big Show?
In the end, the WWE sometimes fails to use talent when they are creatively strongest. Superstars are allowed to drift for years before they are effectively used. Maybe this is the autumn of Mark Henry's career and if he does win a title, then good for him.
However, it seems that by having him in the title picture, it might just be a long, cold winter for the WWE.