Mark Henry was attacked by The Shield on the July 15 edition of WWE Monday Night Raw. The assault came as Mark was cutting a promo in the ring on John Cena when suddenly he was surrounded by the self proclaimed “hounds of justice.” He was then mauled and triple power bombed by the three men who left him lying in the ring.
And I for one believe it was the wrong move.
This is one of those moments when I really hope I’m wrong about a theory. Because, I have a definite theory as to why Seth Rollins Dean Ambrose and Roman Reigns attacked Henry; it was done to spark a face turn.
That’s right, folks. We may have witnessed WWE’s best heel suddenly become a babyface in virtually the blink of an eye. Man, I really hope I’m wrong about this one.
Consider the reasons that The Shield gave for wanting to put Mark Henry down. It claims that he is an old dog, a man whose time has come and gone. It believes he doesn’t deserve another shot at the WWE Championship because he has no heart.
Basically, Mark is just dead weight taking up space in The Shield's company and it wants him gone.
The fact is that The Shield has historically been an equal opportunity destroyer. It doesn’t really matter whose side you’re on or whether or not you have an issue with it; everyone in WWE is a potential target. And The Shield's logic for assaulting Superstars is so twisted that at times it could only make sense to a heel.
But this is not just any Superstar it attacked. This is not Undertaker, a fan favorite and a legend in the business. This is not John Cena, the face of WWE who has a tremendous amount of heart and always finds a way to win. And this is not The Rock, the People’s Champ who has fans all over the world.
This is Mark Henry, one of the toughest, meanest heels that WWE has seen in a very long time. He is big, bruising, punishing, a beast of a man who mauls anyone who is foolish enough to get in his way. He lied to a live audience by giving a heartfelt retirement speech, just to lure John Cena in so he could pounce on him.
He is the scariest Superstar in the locker room. When he growls, you feel it. When he threatens, it feels real. He is the master of his domain, a brutal monster who asks for no mercy and has none to give.
For The Shield to beat him down is a huge statement on its part. The World’s Strongest Man put up a fight but it wasn’t enough. He fell like everyone else. Mark Henry is a hated heel, arguably the best in WWE, and he was wrecked by three other heels.
Now he is nothing more than just another head in The Shield's trophy case. He’s just another victim. And the reason for that has to be that the next time we see Mark Henry, he will be a man bent on revenge. The truth is that he’s so over as a heel and has the respect of many fans who appreciate his work in recent years that he would likely be embraced in that babyface role.
He did get in more offense against The Shield than anyone has in a long time, and I can only imagine what would happen if the odds were a little more even. It could be that Mark Henry storming the ring like a tank crushing its way through a war zone would truly get fans excited, fired up for even the possibility of him doing some major damage to The Shield.
This is not to suggest that he should break The Shield apart, however. I still believe that when that moment comes, it will be because the unit implodes from within. But Mark Henry full of rage, charging headfirst into a battle he cannot possibly win could truly get him over more than he has ever been in his WWE career.
Only this time he will be a face. And I’m not too happy about it.
We have seen CM Punk and Dolph Ziggler both make the turn. Damien Sandow pushed his way past long time tag team partner Cody Rhodes, who may now also possibly become a babyface. Rob Van Dam, one of the most popular WWE Superstars of all time, just returned to the company.
WWE is fully loaded with babyface Superstars. Does it really need one more?
But here’s the hard part. As much as I personally don’t want to see Mark Henry leave his heel ways behind, what could he do instead? Whom would he face after his one-and-done WWE title match with John Cena? All of the aforementioned babyface Superstars are currently busy in their own storylines. The World champion is a heel, as are both the United States and Intercontinental champions.
Is becoming a fan favorite and feuding with The Shield perhaps Mark Henry’s best option?
Mark Henry has been WWE’s best heel in recent months, but now that he has suffered at the hands of The Shield, we could be seeing a character change for The World’s Strongest Man. I believe that it could be a mistake, but in some ways it may end up being the best move for him.
But I still hope I’m wrong.
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