As wrestling fans, you have probably already noticed the lack of captivating promos in wrestling. Nowadays it’s either catchphrases mixed with cheap pops and cheap heat, instead of honest-to-God, speaking from the heart, promos.
On Monday Night RAW, John Cena once again tried rallying his CeNation with the same promo he cuts every time he’s WWE champion, “The Champ is Here!!!!” Perhaps if this blogger was seven years old, he would be screaming at the TV with a yellow-green-purple-red-blue-pink Cena t-shirt along with his champion. But that is not the case, this blogger appreciates a well-thought out and captivating promo.
That’s why when the fans of Grand Rapids, Michigan, chanted “Thank You, Henry,” there was a respect for Mark Henry’s body of work, both as an in-ring competitor and as a talker. From the symbolic gesture of leaving his wrestling boots at the top of the entrance ramp, to the tweets sent from his twitter account – @TheMarkHenry, to the tears in his eyes as he spoke, we were all fooled into believing that Sexual Chocolate was retiring.
Mark Henry mentioned his wife, his son, his daughter, and his accomplishments in the WWE, including the one regret of never becoming the WWE champion, which all made for a heart-warming promo. John Cena, succumb by the emotions of the moment, let Mark Henry hold onto the WWE championship. He even raised Mark Henry’s hand up high so that Henry could bask in the glory of the limelight one last time. Then Mark Henry turned around and delivered a World’s Strongest Slam! So much for the retirement home, but the Hall of Pain is still in business.
Mark Henry spoke from the heart: those tears were real, his sentiments wrestling in this business and his appreciation for those who compete were all real. The simple fact that Henry used all those elements to skyrocket his hunt for the WWE championship made that promo a masterpiece.
The art of the promo has been lost by today’s wrestlers. As a seasoned vet, Mark Henry was around before catchphrases became the norm. Sure, “That’s What I Do” is Henry’s catchphrase, but he knows how to tell a story that feels real. That’s what we got on RAW, and come the Money in the Bank pay-per-view, consider this blogger’s investment towards the WWE championship match invested.
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