Mark Henry has done everything the WWE has asked him to do and it is time his loyalty is rewarded.
He played a supporting role in the Nation of Domination, relegated to being D-Lo Brown’s tag team partner. The duo was entertaining, and D-Lo became popular, but the pairing did not do much for Mark Henry.
During the “Sexual Chocolate” days, Henry was willing to put himself in awkward and embarrassing situations (one involving being caught on tape with a transvestite) for the good of Raw. Sure, it was all a show, but how many WWE superstars can you imagine doing what Mark Henry did?
Henry was also on board with a ridiculous storyline where he would perform silly feats of strength for the enjoyment and gambling of his fellow superstars. He was on television often, but instead of looking forward to his matches, people were looking forward to his stunts.
Injury has slowed Mark Henry during his fifteen year stint in the WWE. These setbacks may have cost him title reigns earlier in his career, but each time he returned as a better performer.
For fifteen years, Mark Henry has endured goofy gimmicks. He has lived with hastily thrown together tag team partnerships. He has helped other superstars get over.
This Sunday at Night of Champions, it is Mark Henry’s time.