Editor’s note: This column originally appeared on http://camelclutchblog.com and was written by David M. Levin.
I was going to write a blog tonight about the return of Big Show to the WWE, but I was taken aback by something said last week by Mark Henry in his interview with Peter Rosenberg last week.
Henry, who is arguably one of the greatest big men in WWE history, said he wanted to be known as one of the 10 best of all time.
Memo to Henry: You are already there.
With thousands of wrestlers who have graced rings and promotions and organizations and have held titles and been through wars with the greats of all time, it would be foolish to rank Henry, a champion in the WWE and ECW and someone who has accomplished everything in this company except win the WWE Title, ranks amongst the best of all time.
He is not King Kong Bundy. He is not One Man Gang. He is not Crusher Blackwell and he certainly is Happy Humphrey.
Like Big Show, Henry has been handicapped in many ways by the way the WWE used them in skits, promotional work and in humiliating situations.
When I think of big men, Andre the Giant, Big John Studd, Vader, Big Show and Henry come to mind. Add Undertaker, Kane, Hulk Hogan and Kevin Nash to the list and well, and there are some of the greats of wrestling history (and a great nostalgia lesson).
Now that Henry is armed with a new three year contract and a new role in the company, I am interested to see how the company uses him. The Big Show as a heel champion (World Champion), he showed he could still wrestle in what was one of the greatest runs Paul Wight has had in years.
Could the same be said for Henry? When he defeated Randy Orton for the World Title, Henry was in my estimation, the greatest heel in the company since JBL. A purely hated character who fans drew a line in the sand with.