Four years ago today, Mark Henry pulled off one of the biggest swerves in WWE history.
After successfully defending the WWE Championship at Payback against Ryback in a Three Stages of Hell match, John Cena went out to the ring the following night on Monday Night RAW to issue an open challenge to anyone in the locker room.
Out came Mark Henry, but he wasn't dressed in his traditional wrestling singlet. Instead, he was wearing a pink suit, which baffled WWE fans inside the arena and those watching at home.
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The World's Strongest Man would shake Cena's hand before giving a long speech in the middle of the ring with tears flowing from his eyes, announcing his formal retirement from the WWE and professional wrestling after teasing it on social media.
However, what would come next would shock all WWE fans from around the world, as his whole speech was just a ruse.
As the fans chanted for one more match, The Cenation Leader would hand over his WWE title for Henry to raise to the cheer of the crowd. He would then give Cena his title back before saying: "Baby, I'm coming home!"
Cena then held Henry's hand up and paraded him around the ring for the fans to see, and then went in to give him a hug. This was when The World's Strongest Man exposed his ruse, and delivered a World's Strongest Slam to The Leader of the Cenation.
Later, Henry was awarded a WWE Championship match at Money in the Bank against Cena, to which he lost via submission, but his speech on RAW which earned him the match would go down as one of the biggest swerves in the history of the company.
These days, Henry has a more backseat role in the WWE, and has been known to help the company in recruiting future talent. He has had only three matches since the turn of the year. These were the Royal Rumble, a match on RAW two weeks later against Braun Strowman, and he was also involved in the Andre the Giant Battle Royal at WrestleMania 33.
Hopefully, we'll see Henry back on WWE programming soon, as he is one of the most beloved superstars in the WWE.
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