Before we even get into looking at what made this segment so effective (hint: it was Mark Henry), let's take a look from my six year old's perspective. A couple of choice quotes I shared on Twitter last night:
Wow, Mark Henry is being really nice. Nicer than I've ever seen him before.Followed by...
Henry! Henry! Henry!Lastly, Bryant gave me this gem:
He tricked him good.From the mouth of babes. Anyhow, the segment was excellent from top to bottom. Henry's awkward, disjointed thoughts really sold the aspect that he was stepping away for good. Cena playing his part well added to the legitimacy. The hug at the end of course allowed for the best moment, The World's Strongest Slam. Actually, the best moment (as usual) was Henry's jawing. As always he projected a menacing aura better than just about anyone has in a long time. "YOU THINK IT'S THAT EASY?! I GOT A LOT LEFT IN THE TANK." He followed this up with his patented, "THAT'S...WHAT I DO!" as he made his way up the ramp.
At this point it is important to point out that the commentators did an excellent job in showing disgust at Henry's tactics and pointing out that he had never held the WWE Title. Kudos to them for that.
I was prepared to write about how much I enjoyed the end of Mark Henry's career. His Hall of Pain run has been nothing short of phenomenal. As it stands I am glad it is the day after RAW and we are looking at Mark Henry's push for the WWE Title instead of paying tribute to his career.
That's a good thing.