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Old 02-19-2013, 04:34 PM
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I had been pleased with how WWE was handling Mark Henry's return until last night's Raw (2/18).

He had been dominate and compelling in his quest to regain the WHC by destroying DB, Rey, Sin Cara, Khali, and getting a clean win over Orton to earn his was into the EC match.

Not winning the EC was not a set back for Henry because of the brilliant way he was booked. Coming in last was crucial because if he was first, second, or third you would know that he wouldn't be able to go the required length of time so we would know he wouldn't be your winner. Instead, they did the right thing with him coming in last and cleaning house. He looks like a beast in eliminating Bryan and Kane and throwing Orton through the chamber door before taking that great suplex on the outside to take him out of the match for a little while. After coming back he gains control again before the 3 left each hit a move on him and he was eliminated.

Then, after that fantastic booking job at the PPV we get Raw. A match against Cara (after Henry dominating last night why would we believe Sin Cara would have any chance) and a tease of a feud with Khali (who Henry already beat cleanly in around 3 minutes a couple weeks ago). I thought Raw would have been a great time for Matthews to interview Henry in the ring Gene Okerland style. They could have them talk about how dominating he was in the EC match and how it took a hit from Swagger, a Jericho codebreaker, and an RKO to take him out then he went back in and destroyed everyone before he left. He was so impressive in the match I think they needed to talk about that to let the fans that didn't order the PPV know. Of course he would have to give the interviewer the WSS before leaving.

With so much momentum and with people genuinely buying into him as a legit WHC contender why have him go all the way to the bottom of the roster to feud with Khali? Do they have no room for him at the top but want to keep him looking like a monster until after Mania? That would be the only non-negative thing that could come of this. I've seen a lot of Hall of Pain t-shirts in the crowds and we all know he is nearing the end of his career so I tend to think we will get another major push for Henry.

With the information we've been given of how WWE has/is planning to book Henry, do you like how they have handled the return and where do you think things are headed for him?
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Old 02-19-2013, 05:08 PM
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The ideal opponent for him would be Ryback at Mania - have the two face off against each other over who the best "big man" is. But I think they are gonna go another direction for Ryback.

Henry has been booked well and it's clear they want to give him that one big push before he retires, but that not might be as soon as you think. For the last few years they have rotated Kane and Big Show out for several months a year to prolong their careers, so he will likely step into the gap that one of them vacates - probably Kane after he loses to Bryan at Mania (loser leaves WWE match?)

They put him against Khali for a squash at mania and have him there when Swagger wins the title - American Olympian v "Real" American is an interesting feud going into the Spring and gives both guys a chance to get some spotlight.
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I think what this is all leading to is a Henry vs Booker T match at mania. Henry crosses the line and booker interjects himself leading to a showdown.
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I'm hoping what happened on Raw between Henry and Khali is just to set up a match between the two on Smackdown, not at Wrestlemania. But if they intend on going with Henry vs. Khali at Mania, they should have Khali stop all this dancing bullcrap and put his Punjabi Playboy gimmick on hold, and bring back his black pants and his old entrance theme to show and bring back his serious side for the match. He could go back to the Playboy gimmick after his match with Henry at Wrestlemania, but just for this one match he brings back the old Great Khali to show that he means business against Henry, and maybe then people won't look at this as a joke of a match, as a squash. Henry should still win though of course as he looks to be in line for one last big push before he retires.
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I think what this is all leading to is a Henry vs Booker T match at mania. Henry crosses the line and booker interjects himself leading to a showdown.
I like this idea a lot. The uproar from the IWC about adding another part-timer to the card would be worth it alone. Kidding there, but I really do like the scenario of Henry going too far and Booker T saying "enough is enough."

Khali vs Henry at 'Mania just doesn't really even sound like a thing, so I'm dismissing it out of hand. If I turn out to be wrong, I'll eat my crow. In the meantime, I thought Henry and Sheamus had a really good, old fashioned battle of the cornfed hosses at SummerSlam year before last. Hooking them back up would be great by me. Ryback vs Henry would be fine, but I'm looking for Ryback to have something else.

Henry has been doing great work and the return has been good. No matter who it's against, I'd like to see the guy at WrestleMania. If only because he'd have a longer ramp to walk up backwards while yelling at his broken opponent.
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I read a report today suggesting that WWE might put Sheamus up against Mark Henry at WM. Sheamus & Henry had a couple of good, physical matches during the time in which Henry became this great monster. Both matches ended in a count out with each man getting a win. I wouldn't mind seeing Sheamus face Henry at WM, nor would I mind seeing Ryback go at it with Henry. Sheamus & Ryback are both powerhouses that could deliver a good, hard hitting match against Henry.

I wouldn't read too much into last night's confrontation with The Great Khali. As has been stated, we've seen Henry decimate Khali. His last encounter with Khali wasn't the first time we'd seen Henry go over Khali. I thought Henry walking way from Khali mocking him & turning his back to him, a sure sign of disrespect, was a great heelish thing to do. After all, we all know Henry can dominate Khali because we've seen it. Henry gave the impression that Khali was beneath him, and he's right.
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I read a report today suggesting that WWE might put Sheamus up against Mark Henry at WM. Sheamus & Henry had a couple of good, physical matches during the time in which Henry became this great monster. Both matches ended in a count out with each man getting a win. I wouldn't mind seeing Sheamus face Henry at WM, nor would I mind seeing Ryback go at it with Henry. Sheamus & Ryback are both powerhouses that could deliver a good, hard hitting match against Henry.
That's good, I was hoping for Henry vs. Sheamus to happen at Wrestlemania all along. Ever since Mark has come back, he's been more stronger and dominant than ever, he could use someone like Sheamus to test him at the big one. Henry vs. Sheamus, Ryback vs. Show, book it.
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I didn't think about it just being to set up for a SD match. I wouldnt mind that. I do expect WWE to give Khali a match at WM in hopes that it helps buys in India. The WWE isn't exaggerating much when they talk of how popular Khali is there. I talked with a dude from India in Vegas last year that didn't watch wrestling but knew all about Khali's storyline in WWE at the time.
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Mark Henry has looked awesome since his return, and his gimmick hasn't missed a single step. The Hall of Pain, depending on creative books it, can easily evolve into something historical in the long term. I was hoping that Henry would get a another title shot, but since that didn't happen I think a feud with either Randy Orton or Jericho would be great.

You've got to think that Sheamus and Ryback would likely be tied up with the Shield. As cliche as these "fourth man" arguments for the Shield are becoming - I'd seriously mark out hard if Henry was revealed as their leader... that would give them a reason to feud with Henry.
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I agree that Henry has been awesome since his return. I have loved the Hall of Pain since he started it. If Swagger and Del Rio Stays a one on one match then I think Sheamus would be a great Mania opponent for Henry. The only way I would want to see Henry vs Ryback is if Henry got the win and I don't see that happening. Henry imo needs to look strong and pick up a Mania win so he can feud for the WHC after Mania. I think Henry's career is probably coming to an end so I would love to see him get one more run with the WHC. A win over Sheamus at Mania would be a great step in that direction.
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