Mark Henry’s triumphant return to WWE this year was one of the most hotly anticipated comebacks in recent professional wrestling history. Henry had been in the midst of his most successful and entertaining heel run ever when he found himself on the injured list at a time when WWE were planning on having him appear at WrestleMania 28 as World Heavyweight champion. After spending most of 2012 as a press ambassador and plenty of talk over retirement, it was unclear if Henry would ever return.
After an absence of almost a year Henry made his return on the February 4th, 2013 edition of Monday Night RAW, destroying Daniel Bryan, Rey Mysterio and Sin Cara without breaking a sweat. Henry’s subsequent attacks on the WWE roster were so brutal in fact that he started to receive a babyface reaction from some crowds although WWE chose to ignore them.
After surprisingly failing to become number 1 contender to Alberto Del Rio’s World Heavyweight Championship, Henry kind of floundered around the upper card with no real purpose until he ran into Ryback a few weeks ago on RAW. After some speculation from the Internet Wrestling Community it became clear that Ryback-Mark Henry was on the cards for Wrestlemania 29 and it was a match many fans were eager to see.
However according to reports this dream match between WWE’s two biggest powerhouses may be in jeopardy after Henry appeared to suffer an injury in a match against Kane at a house show in Norfolk, VA over the weekend. Apparently early on in the match Henry appeared to be legitimately hurt so a quick finish was devised in which Henry got himself disqualified. Immediately after the bell the referee gave the infamous ‘X’ signal which is a way of notifying the agents and trainers in the back that the match finished had been changed and a Superstar had been hurt for real.
Whether or not this does impact on the plans for Henry/Ryback remains to be seen however after 9 months off following career threatening surgery it is clear that Henry’s days as a top tier performer may perhaps be numbered. It will be interesting to see how WWE handles this development and whether Henry can battle through until after the PPV.
Source – PWTorch.com
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This article was first posted on March 25, 2013