Coming out of WWE's TLC pay-per-view, it was obvious to most that something was up with Mark Henry.
Henry, who was going into the match as the World Champion, worked a short chairs match with The Big Show and quickly lost to the giant. An outraged Henry, being a less-than-graceful winner, proceeded to attack and knock out the new World Heavyweight Champion after the match...leading to the opportunistic Money in the Bank winner Daniel Bryan coming out to successfully cash in his title on The Big Show.
While this was certainly a gripping and dramatic segment (Bryan's shock victory tore the house down), it seemed like very strange and inconsistent booking of Henry, who has been fiercely protected by WWE bookers over the past year. There seemed to be a lot more going on here than mere storyline advancement and, as it turned out, there was.
Over at Prowrestling.net, Jason Powell has revealed the reasons by reporting that Henry is currently nursing a serious groin injury, hence the reason for the speedy title switch. Powell explains:
WWE star Mark Henry is nursing an injury that is said to have led to him dropping the World Hvt. Championship at Sunday's TLC pay-per-view. A source described the injury as a pull in the groin area, and noted that it was suffered during his match against John Cena during Monday's Raw. Testing done during the week revealed that the injury was more severe than was originally believed.
Powell also notes that there were many on the WWE booking team eager to keep the belt on Henry and just have him work a more reduced schedule for the next several weeks, but that WWE boss Vince McMahon made the call to switch the belt.
Certainly this is unfortunate for Henry, who was building major momentum as a monster heel on Smackdown. Hopefully though, this injury will not derail his career too much, and the "World's Strongest Man" can be back on WWE television as soon as possible.