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Mark Henry signs three year WWE deal and what it means

Sometimes, it is better not to keep a big man down. Following Monday night’s confrontation with The Shield where the World’s Strongest Man, Mark Henry was powerslammed, it was thought maybe the chain of events would lead to a “face” turn for the Silsby, TX veteran.

Now, as reported by wresltinginc.com, Henry may actually prove us right.

An interview recently with Peter Rosenberg on “Wrestling with Rosenberg” revealed Henry has signed a new three-year contract with the WWE. This is great news for the man who has done everything in the WWE but hold the WWE Title.

Henry, in the interview also talked about his recent “Money in the Bank” match with John Cena, saying, “As pay-per-views you would be hard pressed outside of WrestleMania to find a pay-per-view that was that action packed, that anticipated and lived up to the billing.”

Henry lost to Cena last week after he faked his retirement to challenge the current WWE Champion in Philadelphia.

The chain of events could be a godsend for the WWE, which needs more of a face presence on camera and could have both Cody Rhodes and Henry make their official “face” turn before SummerSlam while the company will eventually see Randy Orton make his long awaited trip to the dark side.

Even with the loss, Henry had high praise for Cena and his accomplishments, regardless of how the ending of the match at Money in the Bank played out.

“I was fine with it [the ending],” Henry said in the interview. John is arguably the greatest WWE champion there ever was.”

It was great hearing how Henry, who in my opinion, should have won the WWE Title at MitB, gave a great account of himself in the interview. If the WWE wants to cash in on something involving Henry and The Shield, I have two words for you — BIG SHOW.

Right now, Big Show is off the air and out of the ring. Ideally, Show and Henry would make an awesome tag team, one that could challenge for the WWE Tag Titles, currently held by Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns. We have seen the “Hounds of Justice” in matches with men their size and bigger and in matches of men their size and smaller. Now, what happens when the “Hall of Pain” beats on the current champions?

Henry, since joining the World Wrestling Federation (now WWE) in 1996, he has become a one-time WWF European Champion and a two-time world champion, having held the ECW Championship in 2008, and the World Heavyweight Championship in 2011.

But what happens to Henry’s character? There must be a way to keep him relevant in the current stage of the business. Wrestlers who just challenged for the WWE Title do not just go away, or should I say should not go away.

The WWE has been quick to rid former contenders and put them in less than sound feuds to bring other wrestlers into the fold. While this is a good thing to promote from within, it also a unbalanced act and untold story that never becomes complete.

Hopefully Henry’s decision to sign a new deal and stay with the company at 42 years old will help create more heat toward the Shield and maybe the Wyatts After SummerSlam.

But in the end, the one thing that motivates Henry, as he said on radio, is the desire to hold the WWE Title.

I want it [the WWE Title] before it is all said and. I feel it will, validate me of being one of the top 10 big men of all time.

David is a Featured Columnist for Bleacher Report and can be read here. Follow David on Twitter @davidlevin71

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