Mark Henry should have one last match – but who against?

ATLANTA, GA - OCTOBER 31: WWE Heavyweight Championship Mark Henry attends the WWE Monday Night Raw Supershow Halloween event at the Philips Arena on October 31, 2011 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Moses Robinson/Getty Images)
ATLANTA, GA - OCTOBER 31: WWE Heavyweight Championship Mark Henry attends the WWE Monday Night Raw Supershow Halloween event at the Philips Arena on October 31, 2011 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Moses Robinson/Getty Images) /

In the most shocking moment of AEW Double or Nothing last weekend, WWE Hall of Famer Mark Henry made an appearance and was announced as a commentator and coach for the company.

‘The World’s Strongest Man’ will serve as the ‘analyst’ for AEW’s new show Rampage, which premieres in August, as well as working backstage with some of the company’s hottest young talents.

Henry was last seen on our screens back in January, where he appeared on WWE Raw Legends Night as part of a backstage segment with Randy Orton but hasn’t wrestled since the Greatest Royal Rumble event in 2018.

His debut in All Elite Wrestling opens up plenty of possibilities, both inside and outside of the ring, and Henry is going to be a huge asset to Tony Khan’s company.

While there is no doubt that Henry’s best years in the ring are behind him – hell, the man is turning 50 next week – some recent performances from pro wrestling have legends have proven anything is possible.

At the same event where Henry made his debut for the company, Sting wrestled his first proper match in six years and put on a fantastic performance at the age of 62.

Edge main-evented this year’s WrestleMania at the age of 47, while his best friend Christian Cage has been a prominent part of AEW in recent months at the same age.

While the health status of Henry isn’t fully known, the hunger for one final match may grow too strong for him to resist as he begins to work alongside fresh talent each week in AEW.

There are some amazing in-ring performers who could carry Henry to a great match and send him off in style within All Elite, but one name springs to mind as the perfect final opponent for the former Olympian.

That man’s name is ‘Powerhouse’ Will Hobbs.

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Impending split from Brian Cage

Since signing with AEW, Hobbs started as a babyface before turning heel and joining Team Taz.

Alongside the ECW legend as well as Ricky Starks, Brian Cage, and young upstart Hook, the group has been involved with a number of high-profile stars on the roster.

During his time under the tutelage of “The Human Suplex Machine”, Hobbs has squared off against huge names such as Christian Cage, Cody Rhodes, and Darby Allin.

But during this run, Hobbs has struggled for wins and has also had to share the limelight with another big body in Brian Cage, who has been given more of a push.

After the events of Double or Nothing, it appears as though Cage will be splitting from Team Taz, which could lead to some awesome matches between the two powerhouses.

This should highlight both men, and hopefully, give Hobbs some much-needed momentum.

Planting the seeds on commentary

As we already know, Henry is going to be working as a commentator for AEW to start when Rampage launches in August – and that means he will probably be rubbing shoulders with Taz pretty often.

Still a fantastic broadcaster, Taz does lean into his heel persona on a regular basis in the booth, especially when calling a match that involves his team. That’s all good, and it makes for entertaining TV – but one day, somebody will call him out on that.

That person could quite feasibly be Mark Henry once he joins the commentary team, and the pair could go back and forth at each other with insults to build some tension.

Unfortunately for fans of the former ECW champion, the chances of him competing again are very slim due to neck injuries he sustained during his illustrious career – but that’s why he has Hobbs at his disposal.

Henry accepts the challenge

After weeks of Henry and Taz going back and forth, Hobbs could call out the former world champion and challenge him to a match.

At first, Henry will be reluctant to step back in the ring and take the high road, but continued threats from both Taz and Hobbs will force his hand.

Eventually, Henry snaps and unleashes on the 30-year-old and accepts his challenge.

The build-up and match between two genuine powerhouses

The World’s Strongest Man vs The Powerhouse – the story writes itself.

Hobbs isn’t the strongest talker at this stage of his career, but he could be carried quite easily by his manager as well as Henry. We’ve seen the former ‘Sexual Chocolate’ cut some brilliant promos during his career, and he has the ability to get fans invested like not many others can.

As for the match, these are just two big meaty men who can throw their opponents around like it’s nothing.

Nobody would expect a five-star masterpiece full of high-flying moves between these two competitors, but not every match has to be like that. Henry and Hobbs would be the kind of spectacle we saw in the past, and a match between them would serve as a passing of the torch and elevate Hobbs to a main-event level within AEW. Henry is one of the most well-known African American wrestlers to come out of WWE and it would be excellent to see him pass the torch to Hobbs.

Hobbs has the tools in the ring, he has a brilliant manager in Taz – all he needs now is a big win on a pay-per-view to make fans believe he is a genuine threat to the company’s top stars.

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Legends should always go out on their back – we’ve seen it so many times over the years – and this would be a great way to officially say goodbye to Mark Henry and create a new megastar in Hobbs.