There comes a time in any wrestler's career when they become aware that they have experienced many more years of the industry than they have ahead of them.
The most recent example of this can still be seen during weekly WWE programming, but is this week's edition of Monday Night Raw is anything to go by, then Mark Henry is fully aware of what stage in his career he is at.
Despite having boasted almost two decades as part of the biggest roster in professional wrestling, the 44-year-old is simply not the same WWE superstar he once was.
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Monday Night Raw
During this week's episode of Monday Night Raw, Henry was involved in a match with Big E, with the latter having the ever-present Kofi Kingston and Xavier Woods, in his corner.
This match was mundane right from the off. A flat crowd and a clash which lacked any real appeal meant that it soon became clear it was one-third of The New Day who was calling the shots.
As for Mark Henry, he often seemed lost throughout the match, coming across very stiff and appearing to be quite the opposite of the force he used to be just a few years ago.
This brief match alone was a strong indicator that Henry's time with WWE could well soon be over, with both the company and the wrestler himself, needing the be aware of the implications many more matches could have on his health.
An unfortunate injury also came about prior to the botched finish of this match, which as What Culture has revealed, has since been confirmed as a legitimate rib injury.
If the time has come for Henry to depart from the ring, this is not to say that The World's Strongest man should go a separate way from WWE altogether.
With his wealth of experience, Henry would prove extremely useful with regard to teaching much of the fresh, younger talent at WWE, what it takes to have a successful career at the company.
Whenever Henry and WWE decide to part ways, there is no doubt that Vince McMahon will ensure Henry receives a suitable send-off, given the respect they have given each other for so many years.
Mark Henry has provided a number of interesting and memorable angles during his time with WWE, with his fake retirement speech in 2013, proving just how much of a strong connection he has with the WWE Universe.
If the next speech the 44-year-old makes is about a genuine retirement, there is no doubt that his devoted fans, along with WWE, will give him the respect he deserves.
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