Don’t get me wrong, I like the idea of Mark Henry as a World Heavyweight Champion. It’s different, it’s not the same repeat talent holding the title, and for the most part, I think was unexpected by many, which is good for wrestling fans. WWE creative did a good job of making Henry look like a legitimate unstoppable monster by taking out Big Show, Kane and even picking up and throwing the sound technician on an episode of SmackDown.
On the September 19 episode of Monday Night Raw, I was excited when it was announced that Jim Ross was going to interview Mark Henry in the ring, just like it was done in the old school days of both WWE and WCW. Much to my disappointment, creative had Henry choke out JR, and then turn to Jerry Lawler and slam him through the announce table that apparently didn’t collapse correctly, thus causing Lawler to be legitimately injured during the angle.
I am not a fan of the announce team getting involved in storylines such as what we witnessed during Raw on September 19, even more so, a new World Champion with what caliber Mark Henry is billed to have and has been supposed to have been portrayed as over the past several months.
By no means do I consider myself one of those arm chair quarter backs or a dirt sheet booker, but having your new World Champion come out on television the night after his big win and beat up and man handle the announce team really makes Henry look more weak and not like a legitimate unstoppable heel. It only makes him look like a bully with a belt.
Now with the Hell in the Cell Pay-Per View coming up on October 2 in New Orleans, I hope that WWE officials don’t have Henry drop the title so soon and give it back to Randy Orton. Orton doesn’t need a belt to get over with the fans. Having new talent who has never held a title belt to keep things fresh and new is what WWE needs right now. WWE should have Henry hold the title as least until the Royal Rumble so he can showcase what he can really do to be a heel champion that can be taken seriously.
Mark Henry has been patient and waited 15 long years for the right opportunity to be given a run as a WWE World Championship title holder. I know Henry will continue do the best he can with what he is given by creative. So far, I think he has done a good job leading up to Night of Champions. Let’s just hope that WWE creative doesn’t ruin what could actually be good for Henry’s career given his age and the little time he might have left before he hangs up the boots for good.
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