The Hell in a Cell PPV has ended and Mark Henry is still the World Heavyweight Champion.
His battle with Randy Orton was epic, as Henry displayed his strength and power that a monster heel needs to do and Orton got a lot of offense in as well.
In the end, however, it was Henry who grabbed victory as Orton was poised to punt Henry's skull. Henry kicked out of an RKO a moment before, putting Orton in a trance that led to his punt attempt.
Henry countered into a World's Strongest Slam and a pin.
What did we learn from this match and what did we learn about he feud going forward?
Mark Henry has stepped his game up to a whole new level and has become a credible champion. His monster heel persona did little to nothing when he went on a World Title search in 2006, however, five years is a long time to develop your game and Henry did just that, moving down to mid-card status, teaming with the likes of MVP and honed his game and realized what his capabilities are and what he can provide into getting the most out of himself and his opponents.
It is a good thing we waited as Henry is a veteran of the locker room and by solidifying himself as a permanent main event caliber superstar, we can finally say that the "World's Strongest Man" can be a role model for the young guys coming in, instead of being that guy standing around, doing nothing and collecting pay checks on skits.
Destroying Randy Orton in two straight PPVs should just about do it for the Mark Henry-Randy Orton feud over the World Heavyweight Championship.
Orton can move on to feuding with Cody Rhodes. Yes, a step down but in this business, we have to make our mid-card talent seem like they are capable of making that next step up to the big time and Rhodes is at the brink of taking that next step.
In terms of Henry, we can trust that he will move on to feud with another former WWE Champion, Sheamus.
Sheamus came away with a huge win over Christian at Hell in a Cell and seems like the odds on favourite to feud with Henry for the Vengeance PPV.
The only thing left to be settled is the post-match shenanigans between the Hell in a Cell match participants.
Will there be another Mark Henry-Randy Orton match for the title? If Orton does eventually take the belt off of Henry, does it devalue everything Henry has done to this point?
There are too many questions still but one thing we have learned from all of this.
Randy Orton is the leader of the Smackdown group and for good reason. He has the most championship reigns than anyone on the roster (not named Undertaker), and he has headlined multiple Wrestlemanias.
In the last number of months, Orton has fallen out of the limelight as Henry emerged the star of the show.
Orton doesn't need to be in the main event all the time and even if he does go on with a new feud with Cody Rhodes, he will still have the same value as he did before, just not good enough to beat Henry during the biggest push of the "World's Strongest Man's" career.
There's no shame in not going for a title and settling scores, remember, Orton did that all last year when he was feuding with CM Punk for Wrestlemania.
Orton hasn't even been in a Wrestlemania main event since he faced Triple H at Wrestlemania 25.
He doesn't necessarily have to have the most air time but we know what Orton is capable of, he just has to sit on the sidelines for now, once he jobs to Henry once more because though the feud isn't over, we are getting close to it and Henry will likely come away with the title in the end, if the WWE knows whats good for Henry and what they have built.
What do you think?