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Mark Henry Returns to WWE at Monday Night Raw

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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Adam WellsFeatured ColumnistFebruary 4, 2013

After undergoing surgery in May, Mark Henry made his triumphant return to WWE on Monday's edition of Raw.

Coming off one of the best years in his WWE career in 2011, big things were expected of Henry for the first time. He had a gimmick that was working with the audience, and his star was shining brighter than ever. 

However, as has been the case throughout his wrestling career, Henry's inability to stay healthy derailed his push faster than the creative crew could bury Zack Ryder. He was last seen wrestling CM Punk for the WWE championship in April. 

After that, Henry had a variety of injuries that required surgery. In his words (via Pro Wrestling Torch), Henry said that he would be prepared to walk away from WWE if the surgery did not work. 

"Tomorrow I go under the knife. When I return I will be the fire breathing, pain inflicting,face melting better than ever Mark Henry! Listen up! IF NOT! I will walk away. I have to much PRIDE to not deface any one in the WWE. The Hall of Pain is open for business!"

Henry tweeted in June that he felt as good as he has in a long time and vowed to return when his body was 100 percent. 

I'm the healthiest I've been in 5 years.U haters go to hell to the fans I'm healing great the Hall of Pain! LIVES!! twitter.com/TheMarkHenry/s…

TheMarkHenry (@TheMarkHenry) June 3, 2012

Clearly the World's Strongest Man is feeling really good again, as he made his presence felt in a big way. Even if Henry doesn't get back to the level he was at in 2011, when he won the world title from Randy Orton, he still gives WWE some much-needed star power. 

It has been a long time coming, but the Hall of Pain is back open for business. Henry still has enough cache to help some of the younger stars get on in their development. Having him back is a huge bonus for WWE

 

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