Fearless Nikki offers a first-look at her custom kicks for The Ultimate Thrill Ride.03/22/2017 - 01:00
Things turn volatile between Shane-O-Mac and "The Face That Runs the Place" en route to their clash at The Ultimate Thrill Ride.03/21/2017 - 23:00
Jimmy and Jey Uso make it clear that they've told everyone they were the best tag team from day one, and against American Alpha, they proved it.03/21/2017 - 22:45
The A-Lister and his bride claim to have unearthed supposed never-before-seen footage of Total Bellas.03/21/2017 - 22:45
With his girlfriend and WrestleMania partner Nikki Bella in his corner, The Leader of The Cenation takes on one half of Breezango.03/21/2017 - 22:45
Intercontinental Champion Dean Ambrose sticks a fork(lift) into The Lone Wolf's first-ever match against The Viper.03/21/2017 - 22:00
Armed with new power from Sister Abigail, The New Face of Fear and his followers trap The Viper.03/21/2017 - 22:00
Following The Usos' non-title victory one week ago, Chad Gable & Jason Jordan go to war with their longstanding rivals for the SmackDown Tag Team Titles.03/21/2017 - 21:30
The A-Lister and his bride claim to have unearthed supposed never-before-seen footage of Total Bellas.03/21/2017 - 21:30
The "Face That Runs the Place" plans to run through Shane McMahon at The Ultimate Thrill Ride.03/21/2017 - 21:00
WWE Top 10 takes you back to this week's SmackDown LIVE to revisit the show's most thrilling, physical and controversial moments.03/15/2017 - 13:15
Refusing to give in following AJ Styles' vicious attack, Shane McMahon announces a startling match for The Ultimate Thrill Ride.03/14/2017 - 22:30
Weeks after The Viper burned down the Wyatt Family Compound, The New Fear of Fear returns more powerful than ever.03/14/2017 - 22:15
Who will answer the World's Strongest Challenge?
It's been a little more than two months since Mark Henry returned to SmackDown and destroyed Undertaker after the Deadman had just defeated Batista. In that time, every WWE Superstar that's stood in the World's Strongest Man's path has ended up just like Undertaker: incapacitated.
Funaki? Squashed like a grape.
Kane? Despite being his fiercest competitor since returning, Henry squeezed the life out of him.
Little Boogeyman? Destroyed so thoroughly that he never returned, even after Boogeyman was drafted to ECW.
Those are just three of the most prominent names on Henry's list of victims, one that grows every time someone steps up to the self-proclaimed ruler of the SmackDown jungle.
This past Friday night, poor Joey Blalock was the latest to feel Henry's wrath after the World's Strongest Man's open call for competition once again went unanswered. Within moments, Mr. Blalock was decimated by Henry and tossed out of "his jungle" like yesterday's garbage. The World's Strongest Man didn't care who he was in the ring with; all that mattered was adding another victim to his growing list.
"Where's my competition?" Henry screamed after defeating Blalock. "I am the Silverback, and this is MY jungle! Inside this ring, nobody can beat me!"
So then the question remains: Why hasn't anyone stepped up to Henry's open call for some competition? Could it be that the real question which needs to be asked is: "Is everyone afraid of Mark Henry?"
Granted, any Superstar with a modicum of confidence will believe he can beat anybody on any day; however, when it comes to Henry, no one has even come close. As SmackDown announcer JBL noted on Friday night, Undertaker hasn't even been seen or heard from since Henry unleashed his fury two months ago.
Could that explain why no one has stepped up? After all, everyone in the SmackDown locker room saw what he did to the Phenom, and they've seen what he's done to Kane, Funaki and the others. Are they afraid to step in the ring with the beast, one who could potentially end their careers?
Many of our fans would love to see Batista settle some outstanding scores with the World's Strongest Man -- most notably the one that resulted in a sever injury and forced The Animal to surrender his World Heavyweight Championship in January 2006. Unfortunately, Batista is a little preoccupied right now with chasing current World Heavyweight Champion The Great Khali. As for everyone else, the roll call of Henry's possible opponents these days sounds like that infamous scene with Ben Stein in Ferris Bueller's Day Off; no one is answering.
It took a dozen WWE Superstars to eliminate Mark Henry in the Battle Royal that determined a new World Heavyweight Champion two weeks ago; will it take just as many -- or more -- to finally end his reign of terror on SmackDown?