If Koko B. Ware and George ‘The Animal’ Steele were inducted in the WWE Hall of Fame; surely there is a spot somewhere for Mark Henry. Was he one of the greatest of all time? Would he make a Mount Rushmore list? Maybe for some fans, but not for most. Still, Mark Henry has certainly created a tremendous impact and etched his way into WWE history, and he will be a performer that is remembered by most, long after he retires. As a WWE European Champion, ECW Champion, and World Heavyweight Champion, the ‘World’s Strongest Athlete’ is no stranger to WWE gold, and has been a part of some the most memorable factions within the company, including The Nation of Domination. Also, who could forget his run as Sexual Chocolate? A character that is still brought up within WWE programming today. Hall of Fame worthy? Absolutely! Will he be missed once he retires? Most likely. Henry has had a solid run, and should enjoy and be proud of a solid career in professional wrestling, once he retires.
This one, to me, is a no brainer. Considering some of the more dubious inductions, putting Henry in should be fairly simple. He’s held multiple world titles during his long run with WWE, and his longevity with the company is a thing of amazement in and of itself-he’s been with the company since 1996, so he would be a 20 year employee when WrestleMania 32 happened. That alone is pretty impressive. In my mind, I also give Henry a lot of credit for opening the doors to other crossover athletes in WWE. While Henry’s athleticism and strength were obvious, there was no assurance that any of it would translate to much more than a side show in WWE, but as he closes in on 20 years in the ring, clearly it has. I have to think that his success paved the way for more recent talents, such as former strongman competitor Braun Strowman. For that, I consider him somewhat of a pioneer (yes, I realize there were others before him, but he was one of the more prominent ones in recent memory). For his “retirement” angle on Cena alone, he should get the nod, but he’s done so much more than that. I, for one, look forward to his induction.
Mark Henry will get his spot in the WWE Hall of Fame. When? Probably sooner than later. When Henry ends his active career, he will have spent the past 20 years working for Vince McMahon. That’s a long time, especially for a wrestler his size. When thinking of active veterans still wrestling for WWE, it’s down to Undertaker, Triple H and Henry. In the mid-1990s, Henry’s early WWE run showed how green he was and it has taken longer than hoped for him to get over with the fans. Before cleanly pinning Randy Orton to be world heavyweight champion a few years back, Henry’s biggest claim was playing “Sexual Chocolate” and impregnating Mae Young with a hand. It sounds crazy, but that’s how the storyline played out. Then came the Hall of Pain and everything temporally changed for Henry. He became the monster WWE always wanted and his only major title run was a successful one. The biggest problem for Henry, whether 20 years ago or today, is the ability to stay healthy. When healthy, Henry is an unstoppable force.
Looking back at Mark Henry’s career, it feels like he should be a Hall of Famer but I’m actually not sure. He only has one title reign and seems to have more luck at being a jobber than he did in the title picture. I almost feel like his entire career was mishandled and if WWE did it all over again, they would have made him a maniac like Brock Lesnar. When Henry slammed John Cena after his ‘Retirement speech’, that should have been his entire career. He’s literally the world’s strongest man and should have been one of the biggest attractions within WWE. Unfortunately due to the booking of his career, he will not become a Hall of Famer. He’s wrestled for 20 years, but his longevity will not be enough to make him become inducted with the rest of the greats.