WWE WrestleMania XXVIII: 5 Reasons Why Mark Henry Should NOT Face The Undertaker
There is almost constant speculation as to who might challenge next for the greatest streak in wrestling history. Famous names have suggested and debated. For the past 20 years, would-be challengers have thrust out their chests, plucked up their courage and danced with the devil.
All have lost.
The streak is however a difficult thing to maintain. Knowing that someone will always win makes for boring television if not done in the proper manner. Say to a wrestling fan 20 years ago that no matter what happens, the Undertaker will always win at WrestleMania, and they would have switched off.
In an era of creative mediocrity, the streak is at least one thing they got right.
Some of the matches have been pretty poor and I for one, saw last year's contest against Triple H as being one of the worst. It offered little more than a vanity shot for Triple H because it had no build up, no purpose and little place in the wrestling stories of the past year.
As we approach winter, however, the question of what will happen in the Royal Rumble to WrestleMania period will soon begin to be asked.
And as he is all conquering, many will look to Mark Henry to do what he previously could not do and beat the Undertaker.
What follows is five reasons, why this should NOT happen.
1: So Many Names, so Why Choose a Career Jobber?
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Lets not beat around the bush, Mark Henry for the vast majority of his career has been a jobber. He has been in the WWE for 15 years and done, up to now, very little.
Some might buy into his current character, but what has he actually done in the last few months, that he couldn't have done a decade before?
I believe he to be a transitional champion, with the WWE buying its time before Randy Orton, will do a "Cena" and win yet another title.
And so, when it comes to the unofficial third title, the Undertaker's streak, would we not prefer a different challenger?
Chris Jericho, John Cena, CM Punk, or even Mick Foley?
2: Mark Henry as a Challenger Means No Hellacious Tombstone
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Mark Henry is a big fella to quote Sheamus. He is 418 pounds or put it another way, he's twice the size of an average person.
The chances of bodyslamming this giant are remote, let alone the more complicated art of tombstoning. And with the Undertaker's current shoulder ailments, a satisfying chokeslam isn't too likely either.
That only leaves Hell's Gate, and is there any scenario where that provides a great ending to a match with the World's Strongest Man?
Look back at WrestleMania XXVI and you will see one of the greatest tombstones in history; a match with Henry could never have such a move.
3: Remember WrestleMania XXII
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If you forget history....you are doomed to repeat it. Its a staple historian's quote and while slightly over-used, it is nonetheless appropriate.
Mark Henry has had his go. His match at WrestleMania XXII was justifiably pushed down the order and over-shadowed by matches including those of Shawn Michaels and Vince McMahon, as well as the Main Event consisting of a WWE title match involving John Cena and Triple H.
Considered one of the weaker matches of that excellent event, and with a time of just nine minutes, do we really want another such contest?
The Streak match has for the past three years been the only match of any real interest, and so provide a poor match here, and the entire event could be regarded as a massive failure.
Not wanting to sound too melodramatic, but wrestling needs a triumph next time round or it will lose yet more fans.
4: This Might Be the Last-Ever Undertaker Match
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No one but the Undertaker can say how long his career has left. If his shoulder is as bad as many believe, then this could be the last time we ever see the Phenom in the ring. A match with Mark Henry is therefore not exactly a fitting finale.
There are many different scenarios, and we Undertaker fans all have our own ideas, but the last match needs to be something meaningful and special. Perhaps a final battle with an old enemy - Mick Foley or Kane, maybe even with Paul Bearer by his side one more time.
A match with Mark Henry will just not do.
5: Would Mark Henry Really Have a Chance of Winning?
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When the Undertaker faced Shawn Michaels at WrestleMania XXV, the WWE universe was divided on just who would prevail. A year later, the majority felt that the streak would end, Shawn Michaels would continue his career and that the Undertaker might even retire.
It was not to be and despite losing two matches in a row, Shawn Michaels maintained his crown as Mr. WrestleMania.
And so, if he could not end the streak, can anyone?
Some might say the likes of Bret Hart, Hulk Hogan or Steve Austin, but only in their prime.
So who is left that can honestly be taken as a worthwhile opponent who has the potential of ending the streak?
Kane is close to retirement, too; so he has no merits or claim.
Randy Orton or John Cena would cause a riot.
Few if any of the young talent have a claim.
I would argue Mick Foley in a hellacious hardcore match would be great entertainment but with the streak staying intact.
One thing though is clear, end the streak at 19-1 and it being Mark Henry who breaks it, and the legitimacy of the streak is ridiculed.
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Whether this will be the last time we see the Undertaker in the ring or not, the WrestleMania streak match is too big an event in the WWE calendar. We all have our match fantasies on who it should be, and who, if anyone, should break the streak.
What is clear, at least for me, is that it should not be Mark Henry. His loyalty is credible, but his position is nowhere near what is expected of a worthy challenger.
The Undertaker needs a match that will showcase his abilities and in Mark Henry that simply cannot happen. There is no history, no tradition, and ultimately no purpose to another showdown with the World's Strongest Man.
I believe that the streak should never end, but to maintain the belief that it might that the Undertaker should face Mick Foley at WrestleMania XXVIII before potentially a showdown with Vince McMahon at WrestleMania XXIX.
If we as fans believe it could end in a screwjob or outside interference, we will be on the edge of our seats. Though to end it that way, will lead to rioting.
However maybe I am alone in this belief, maybe Mark Henry is worthy?
What do you think?