If what I'm thinking is true, and Mark Henry wasn't signed to some large contract, he would have been cut years ago and WWE never would have looked back. I do feel he brings the show down, because, imo, he really shouldn't be there. While guys like Stevie Richards stay at home, Mark Henry is on my television screen every night getting a shot at the title he dosen't deserve.
It's not just Taker who wouldn't put him over... Angle wouldn't either, and if Batista didn't get injured I'm sure he wouldn't have put Mark Henry over either. Even IF Taker put Mark Henry over, I don't see how he would have moved the business along, since the fans seem to not care about him at all.
I wouldn't call what Mark Henry does "wrestling", the man only has four moves that he seems to use over and over. Just give it time... Mark Henry will disappear soon for one reason or another, WWE will retool him AGAIN and re debut him in a year to see if he'll finally catch on with the fans.
Stevie Richards couldn't fit in a main event heel slot. They needed someone to take that role. Mark fit it perfectly. The whole idea was for the champion tohave someone to wrestle. What makes more sense, kurt angle vs mark, or kurt angle vs richards? I like Richards, but i'm going with Mark. Mark atleast gets heat. I'm not so sure Richards could, especially after the bwo thing.
Angle puts guys over. Batista puts guys over. I'm not saying put everyone over you wrestle, but atleast someone. I can't think of anyone taker put over, that helped push along a younger guys career. He just doesn't do it. He serves no purpose if he isn't helping the business. Hes turning into another Hogan.
Again, hes not called to be a great technical wrestler. It's not his role. He does what he is supposed to do. I'm sure he could do more, but WWE holds their wrestlers back. He probably will fade away, because guys like Batista will come back, and Kane is supposedly going to smackdown aswell. I'm sure Mark knew it wasn't a long time thing.