WrestleMania 29 Results: What We Learned from Mark Henry's Win

Sharon GlencrossContributor IApril 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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At WrestleMania 29, Mark Henry pinned Ryback clean, meaning Ryback has yet another loss on his already patchy pay-per-view record.

The finish itself was truly perplexing: Ryback got Henry up on his shoulders for his ShellShock finisher, only for Henry to grab the ropes, forcing Ryback to collapse and allowing Henry to pick up the one-two-three on his squashed foe.

Oh, and if that doesn't sound wacky enough: The two men brawled after the match too, with Ryback finally managing to deliver a brutal-looking ShellShock to his enemy. He then celebrated with the crowd, looking genuinely emotional in his first ever WrestleMania match.

Of course, the crazy ending could have been forgiven if the quality of the bout was any good, but really, it wasn't.

OK, so no one was expecting these two to put on a technical masterpiece, but still. We should have gotten a lot better than the slow-paced, sloppy snoozefest we got.

Ryback/Henry may also may have went on too long. Sure, eight minutes (what the match went) may not sound like a lot, but, really, it was in this instance. It would have been better to keep Ryback/Henry short and sweet.

Also, that time could have surely been better spent elsewhere. For comparison, the tag team match with Team Hell No taking on Dolph Ziggler and Big E. Langson got significantly less time than that.

The crowd at the Met Life Stadium didn't sound too appreciative of Henry/Ryback either. They loudly booed Ryback (the babyface) and cheered Henry (the heel) at certain points.

So, what have we learned from Henry's victory?

Well, as noted, this is yet another loss for Ryback, which is definitely not good for him or his career.

Just how many times has he failed on the main stage now, anyway? Four? Five? Sure, he supposedly got his heat back after the match, but that still didn't manage to totally wipe away the loss.

Ryback has often been compared to '90s monster babyface Bill Goldberg, arguably the biggest star the now-defunct WCW organization ever created.

However, these comparisons are purely superficial. After all, Goldberg won. A lot. When he promised the fans he would do something, he did it. And it didn't take him numerous attempts to win the WCW World Championship either.

No doubt many in WWE were surprised by the vociferous boos the former NXT star received tonight, but can management really be shocked by this development?

Of course the people don't have faith in Ryback, they have been given no reason to. He's been booked terribly.

As for the victor? OK, one would assume Henry is on his way up after the result, and that may be a shot at one of the World titles is next for him. But, honestly, it remains to be seen if he got much out of this debacle either. 

As noted, the match was so wretched, and the finish and its aftermath so odd, it's hard to say anyone came out of it looking good. If anything, Henry looks like he simply got lucky, rather than winning due to superior skill or strength.

Ideally, WWE will learn from tonight's show and end the Henry/Ryback feud, allowing both men to move on to other things. Because those two really don't bring out the best in each other.