WWE SmackDown: Mark Henry Will Be World Champion Again

The Doctor Chris MuellerFeatured ColumnistFebruary 7, 2013

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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Mark Henry made a big statement on Monday when he returned to WWE and re-opened his Hall of Pain to the WWE roster.

The first victims of incur his wrath were Rey Mysterio, Sin Cara and Daniel Bryan. Bryan and Mysterio are no strangers to Henry's power.

Henry has been a loyal WWE veteran for over 15 years, but it wasn't until Night of Champions 2011 that he would take one of the top spots as World Champion.

In Henry's 15-year run, he has been used as just about everything. There were long periods of stagnation in his career, with a few pushes that led to mid-card success.

When he was first brought into the company, he had a gimmick nobody else could ever have: He actually earned the title "Strongest Man in the World" by winning several competitions throughout his weightlifting career.

But, as time went on, because of his in-ring restrictions and a lack of major audience response, he was used less as a main event star and more as a stepping stone for others.

Whether or not an actual moment exists when Henry changed from mid-carder to main eventer is not that clear, but at some point, Henry made the move to be better around 2011.

It was as if another mind was inhabiting Henry's body. He started giving substantially better promos than we had seen from him, and he was becoming interesting in the ring again.

It was his feud with Big Show in 2011 that really turned things around for Henry. He looked like a man reborn during the intense feud between WWE's two biggest powerhouses.

The title reign was not that long for Henry, but during that time we saw him do his best work.

Now that Henry is back, he is clearly set on making another big impact, and Alberto Del Rio might have his work cut out for him.

Henry has been a great asset to WWE over the years, and his time in the ring is probably closer to the end than the beginning.

Henry will probably have at least one more run as Champion before he decides to hang up his boots for good, and the smart thing would be to do it before another injury takes him out for an extended period of time.

Henry has proven that he can be one of the best heels on SmackDown during his World title reign and he can prove it again.

His return comes at a great time, too. WWE's roster is filled with more big-name babyfaces than heels, and Henry brings a lot to the table as a heel.

I, for one, am happy to see Henry back, and I look forward to seeing him continue the high-quality work we saw from him before he was injured.

What do you think, will Henry be World Champion again?


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