Were you surprised to see Mark Henry losing his World Heavyweight Championship match at TLC 2011 so early? Well, if you think that was an impromptu finish, you are right. WWE, for several months, has booked Mark Henry as a heel monster, the wrestler built huge amount of heat around him and WWE had no reason to suddenly take the limelight away from him. The original plan, according to insider sources was to keep Mark Henry as the champion (Many of the fans predicted the same outcome as well); however, Mark Henry’s injury caused WWE to change their initial plan.
Mark Henry suffered a pull in the groin area during his match on RAW against John Cena. Initially, it was thought that the injury is not something serious, but, later, certain tests were conducted and those suggested that it was way more severe than initially thought. WWE creative writers still wanted to keep Mark Henry the champion for some time even if that meant less screen time for him in SmackDown. But Vince McMahon intervened and suggested that he wants a new Champion who can compete at a regular basis and is at the best level physically. Thus, the initial plan was changed and Big Show was made the new champion (Only to be defeated by Daniel Bryan almost immediately as the latter cashed in his Money In The Bank opportunity).
This is definitely an unfortunate incident for Mark Henry who was already a monster heel in SmackDown and gathered huge momentum in the show. However, Wrestler Speaks wishes Mark Henry a speedy recovery and hope he makes a return pretty soon. Once he returns, we hope to see him as the monstrous heel once again as well. After all it is this character which made him the World Champion after 15 years of wait.