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News: Mark Henry Injured
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News: Mark Henry Injured
Jul 27, 2006, 09:45 PM »
Strength Beyond Measure
Heading into Saturday Nightâ€™s Main Event, SmackDown Superstar Mark Henry was one week away from the biggest match of his career against Batista until the Worldâ€™s Strongest Man experienced the worldâ€™s strongest disappointment.
On July 15, Mark Henry came to his home state of Texas prepared for the opportunity to collide with his greatest rival, Batista, for the first time since Henry took him out six months ago. In front of a national television audience, viewers saw Henry tear his patella and split his massive kneecap in two during SmackDownâ€™s six-man tag match. As a result of the injury, Henry was removed from his would-be epic confrontation with Batista at The Great American Bash.(Mark Henry surgery video)
Mark Henry is no stranger to injury and the disappointment that accompanies it. Within the last decade, Henry has come within inches of reaching the summit of the mountain. Each time, however, he has been plagued by injuries that have hindered the fulfillment of his career pinnacle. Overcoming several career-threatening injuries within the last 10 years, SmackDown Superstar Mark Henry has proved that his strength is not just physical.
â€œ[Right now] I feel some disappointment, but a lot of it is frustration because I told myself this time around that I wasnâ€™t going to take so many chances; I wasnâ€™t going to risk my body as much. But thatâ€™s what the business needed,â€ Henry said. â€œItâ€™s just the nature of the beast.â€
Before the birth of his sports-entertainment career, Henry competed in the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta â€“ the same year ECWâ€™s Kurt Angle earned his gold medal. Voted team captain in those 1996 Games, Henry suffered a back injury and finished 14th in weightlifting for his division.
Shortly after the 1996 Olympic Games, Henry debuted in WWE and would enjoy success as WWE European Champion in 1999. In 2000, Henry took time off from WWE television and spent a few years in developmental training. He made a full-fledged return and had substantial impact on RAW in August 2003, mixing it up with Booker T (now King Booker), Goldberg and Shawn Michaels.
Unfortunately for Henry, just five months after returning, he wrestled Chris Benoit and suffered a shoulder injury while in the Rabid Wolverineâ€™s Crippler Crossface. Requiring surgery, Henry was again taken out of the picture at what some believed to be the peak of his WWE career. In light of such adversity, most men would allow such discouragement and sorrow to usurp their spirit. They would call it quits. Still, as he proved more than one year later, Mark Henry would persevere.
Henry told WWE.com that his recent injury is not very different from those heâ€™s experienced before, including the injury he sustained in 2004.
â€œI suffered injuries, but any time I suffered an injury, I came back better than I was when I left,â€ he said.
Late last year, the Worldâ€™s Strongest Man did indeed return stronger than ever before. Henry reappeared on SmackDown in December 2005 with a ravaging attack on Batista. This onslaught spurred a rivalry that would have tremendous impact on the physical wellness of both men, with Batista suffering a torn tricep in January 2006 at Henryâ€™s mighty hands.
On a vicious rampage, Mark Henry took out Batista, resulting in The Animalâ€™s forfeiture of the World Heavyweight Championship. Before his injury at SNME, Henry capitalized on Batistaâ€™s absence and sought the richest prize in sports-entertainment. And, with a slew of impressive victories over former World Champion Rey Mysterio, Kurt Angle, and Undertaker, it seemed that Mark Henry was on the path to achieving the ultimate success in WWE: the World Heavyweight Championship.
According to the Worldâ€™s Strongest Man, when he assaulted and smashed Kurt Angle through a table on April 28 in London, England, he broke his own kneecap. Though Mark continued to compete, that attack initiated the knee problem that would culminate in his severe injury three months later at SNME and cease the momentum Mark amassed.
â€œIâ€™m a soldier, man,â€ Henry said. â€œAs much as I want to not get hurt, Iâ€™m not going to be the big guy that walks around and doesnâ€™t take chances, thatâ€™s what I do,â€ he added. â€œThatâ€™s how much I love [WWE]."
Following successful knee surgery on July 18 in Birmingham, Ala., Henry said that he will be ready to return to the ring in six to eight months, pending any complications. With ample conditioning, Henry is hopeful that his recovery will be quick and will provide him some time to enhance his abilities.
â€œWhen I come backâ€¦I want to be leaner, I want to be faster, I want to have no weakness; I want to be able to come back from this knee injury and be able to dominate WWE,â€ he added adamantly. â€œI will return.â€
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