Mark Henry, the man who once helped give birth to a hand with Mae Young, is a champion.
Let that sink in for a second.
Henry has been turned into the stereotypical angry, beastly monster that runs roughshod over the WWE and it has been in interesting, even if it's been uninspiring. Good for Henry for reaching a spot many of us thought was impossible, but for those of us who grew up with him bending frying pans and tipping cars on to their sides simply can't take him seriously.
He will always be the guy who called himself "Sexual Chocolate" and essentially turned himself into a footnote within the WWE. Sorry, but while he may have the physique to be a dominant giant in the company, he can't escape his past, and he's not even involved in matches anyone wants to see.
Who really wants to watch him take on the Big Show? This isn't 2004 and both of these guys are in the twilight of their careers. It will be an ugly, slow match and it's going to allow fans to go to the bathroom or get something to drink. I don't feel like everything is on the line coming into this match, and I could care less who wins or loses.
I shouldn't feel that way about a championship match, and I doubt I'm alone in my belief that this is an uninspiring feud. SmackDown is looked at as a second-rate program, and while that isn't true, it does have a second-rate feud at the top of the show, and it's going to keep a lot of fans from watching the show.
Henry isn't the type of guy you imagine as a champion, and he hasn't taken the ball and run with it, but he'll continue to hold the strap, because the Big Show is far from a viable option at this stage of his career. It's a lose-lose option, but sadly, Henry is the best choice, simply because he isn't at the very end of his run in the industry.
Sexual Chocolate will win this match, and fans will continue to be subjected to another slow, boring contest.