Mark Henry explains why Randy Orton v AJ Styles should be considered for WrestleMania main event

AJ Styles meets Randy Orton at WrestleMania

Earlier this week yet another long-awaited match for WrestleMania 35 on April 7 was confirmed.

As reported by many dirt sheets for weeks and months now, a match was made official between SmackDown Live superstars Randy Orton and AJ Styles.

That has been the apparent plan for some time and it became clear once Orton started randomly sniping at Styles in backstage interviews that this was the direction WWE were heading in.

After AJ landed the first physical blow at Fastlane, Orton took the time on SmackDown this past Tuesday to run-down Styles' accomplishments throughout his career compared to his own.

Notable insults included Orton becoming the youngest WWE world champion in 2004 whilst Styles was still working on the independent scene, and even TNA Wrestling's former chairwoman Dixie Carter was name-dropped in the verbal tirade.

With two big names set to go one-on-one you'd think it would get a prime spot on the WrestleMania card, but in this instance it's not even set to be close to the main event.

The Raw Women's Championship three-way match, Seth Rollins's Universal Championship challenge against Brock Lesnar and the No Holds Barred encounter between Triple H and Batista will all have priority over Orton v Styles - but Mark Henry disagrees with this notion.

AJ Styles and Randy Orton's confrontation on SmackDown this week set up a WrestleMania match

On Sirius XM's Busted Open Radio, Henry explained why he sees Orton v Styles a top tier match for the card, and why it could potentially main event at the Metlife Stadium.

"This is a main event match, guys!" stated Henry, per Cageside Seats.

"Randy Orton is, in my opinion, and I’ve said he’s not on the Mount Rushmore yet but he’s slowly, slowly entering that top 15, top 10 of all time. I mean, he is that damn good.

WWE Hall of Famer Mark Henry believes Styles v Orton could potentially main event WrestleMania

”And then AJ Styles, from the time that he was an indie guy until he worked his way up and worked down south to now, coming to the WWE, he did everything at every level that there is to do.

"He has become an elite champion. Not just a champion but one of the guys who can carry the load and he has carried it for the last two years. So why wouldn’t this be in the conversation as a main event match at WrestleMania.”

Henry did not discredit the likes of Ronda Rousey, Becky Lynch, Charlotte Flair, Daniel Bryan or Kofi Kingston but ultimately believes the star power between The Viper and The Phenomenal One is just too big to not be the main event.

Considering there's no stakes on the line though it's unlikely to be anything more than the middle of the card, but from a pure reputation and wrestling stand-point, this one could be a show-stealer.

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