Heading into tonight's episode of Monday Night Raw in Grand Rapids, Michigan, there was a very real fear that Mark Henry would be announcing his retirement from the pro wrestling industry. He teased as much on Twitter, WWE.com played it up, and with his history of injuries and recent reports from so called "dirt sheets," it certainly seemed plausible.
But that's not what happened.
No, it was an angle all along, designed to swerve the fans and allow Henry to deliver the most well-timed "World's Strongest Slam" in history. John Cena was out with him during his "retirement" speech and just as he was about to give him a hug and send him off, Henry hit his finisher.
And just like that, the program is on.
Indeed, Vickie Guerrero set up a match between the two for the Money in the Bank pay-per-view (PPV) scheduled for Sun., July 14, 2013, at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Sorry, Daniel Bryan!
Initial reports had him penciled in to that slot but based on comments he made with Kane, the team formerly known as Hell No could end up in one of the two Money in the Bank ladder matches.
Thoughts on the booking?