Henry had been teasing his retirement on Twitter and going as far as speaking with fellow superstars backstage before entering ringside. He entered the ring just as John Cena was finishing his post-Payback promo. Henry had the entire WWE Universe chanting his name and one more match. You want one more match? You got it.
I thought it was strange that Cena was sticking around for Henry’s retirement speech. I chalked it up to the fact that he is the WWE Champion and backstage probably a friend of Henry’s. However, Henry went from off WWE TV to retired to number one contender for the WWE title. As Cena went to hug Henry, the World’s Strongest Man delivered the world’s strongest slam. As he was leaving, Henry was asked about his actions. He challenged Cena to a title match at Money in the Bank and it was officially announced on WWE.com.
This past Monday’s Raw reminded me a lot of the Raw after WrestleMania 29. In fact, I wrote an article comparing the two. One similarity between the two Monday night episodes is both included a confrontation of match between Cena and Henry. The Monday after WrestleMania this year, Henry and Cena fought in the main event. The match was done in order to turn Ryback, who had just lost to Henry, into a bad guy. At the time, I felt as though the WWE title match should have been a triple threat at Extreme Rules to include Henry.
Now Henry will get his opportunity at the one title he never achieved – the WWE Championship. The former World Heavyweight Champion has a big task ahead of him though. Cena is in the midst of what looks to be a long reign. Henry could just be another spoke in the wheel of superstars that Cena will overcome. Give credit to WWE though as Henry is a great challenger and one that will leave WWE fans wondering if Henry will in fact beat Cena.
In the end, I don’t expect Henry to beat Cena, but this week was the start of another big push for the World’s Strongest Man. For a superstar to get pushes late in his career like Henry has, I give him a lot of credit. He was a midcarder for the majority of his career so it is always great to see someone get over that hump. This week certainly belonged to Henry and results in him winning WWE Wrestler of the Week.
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