WWE: Why Mark Henry Should Be at the Top of the Company Again

Robert Aitken@@RobertAitkenBRAnalyst IJune 10, 2012

DURBAN, SOUTH AFRICA - JULY 08:  Mark Henry 'The World's Strongest Man' is introduced during the WWE Smackdown Live Tour at Westridge Park Tennis Stadium on July 08, 2011 in Durban, South Africa.  (Photo by Steve Haag/Gallo Images/Getty Images)
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With all of the issues going on with Randy Orton's suspension and John Cena being kept out of world title matches, it seems as if WWE needs that burst of an old face coming back and climbing back to the top.

Mark Henry has not been seen in a WWE ring since the April 16 episode of Raw, where he lost to CM Punk with a chance to become WWE Champion. There was little explanation given for what happened to Henry and why he has been missing since.

Three-and-a-half weeks ago, Henry announced on Twitter that he was going in for a surgery that could keep his career going. Henry hopes to be back to his old self due to the surgery, but seems to be okay with walking away entirely if he can't get back into fighting form.

When Henry returns (if he returns), he needs to be thrust into the main event picture. We don't know how long he has left at a respectable fighting state. If Henry simply can't go, he will not be returning. If he does, however, you need to try and squeeze whatever you can out of him.

This is especially important as contenders seem to be dropping like flies on Smackdown. Chris Jericho and Randy Orton are both serving suspensions, while Alberto Del Rio is rumored to be suffering from a concussion and may not even be in the No Way Out title bout. If that is true, Sheamus will not have competition from any of the three opponents that he had at Over the Limit just weeks earlier.

Henry was a great, dominant heel last year and had great matches with Sheamus last summer. That rivalry can be reignited if Henry gets put back into the main event scene.

Remember the match they had at SummerSlam last year? Sheamus tried to stand in the way of Henry as he was unleashing his Hall of Pain. The two had a good match that ended with Sheamus getting put through the barricade and counted out.

There was never really anything between the two beyond that. The following month was Night of Champions, where Henry would become the World Heavyweight Champion. Sheamus would settle into a feud with Christian, which gave him momentum that led to a Royal Rumble victory and world title win at WrestleMania.

There is still some unresolved animosity here and a rekindling of this feud would take little to restart, especially with such vicious clips as the breaking of a barricade back at SummerSlam. Sheamus has not really had that sustained rivalry as a champion and digging into the past for Sheamus may prove to be the way for The Great White.