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WWE Smackdown: Mark Henry continues his path of destruction

It's becoming clearer with every passing week that WWE is really going all the way with its push of Mark Henry as a remorseless monster heel after years of stop-and-start pushes of "The World's Strongest Man."

Henry, coming off an appearance at the Money in the Bank pay-per-view in which he scored a clean win over The Big Show and then "injured" him in a vicious post-match attack, chose Kane as his next victim.

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Moments after Kane lost a grueling street fight to Randy Orton in the main event of Friday night's episode of Smackdown, Henry came to the ring and "Pillman-ized" Kane's ankle, just as he had done to The Big Show.As of late, Henry has gone from a guy I really didn't feel strongly about one way or the other, to someone I look forward to seeing on the show. With his facial expressions and no-nonsense promos, Henry has really taken his game to another level.

What I liked about the angle on Friday's show is that prior to Henry's attack on Kane, WWE had re-established Kane as a monster in his own right by having him cut a creepy promo and then taking Orton to the limit. So when Henry decimated Kane, it meant more than if it had happened a few months ago when Kane was marching around the ring doing trombone celebrations with Santino Marella.

Other thoughts on Friday's show:

I couldn't believe it when Orton and Kane came out for their match with about 30 minutes still left in the show. I thought there was no way that a match involving Kane that was going more than 20 minutes could be entertaining, but I was pleasantly surprised. Orton and Kane had a really good match. …

Orton was very lucky that he wasn't seriously injured when his leg went through a hole in the announce table and the table tipped over. …

When Kane – accompanied by scary music and lighting – was talking about becoming more of a monster and less of a human in his promo, I groaned because I thought he was turning heel for the hundredth time. Fortunately, that didn't happen. …

The opening segment with Orton and new world heavyweight champion Christian was good. I especially liked when Christian told Orton that "nobody likes a whiner." I also thought it was a nice touch when Orton, in trying to manage his anger, started counting to himself before walking away. Of course, he snapped anyway and began wailing away on Christian. …

The Christian-Ezekiel Jackson match wasn't bad. It was a good win for Christian, who needed a solid, clean victory after winning the world title from Orton in such a flukish manner at MITB last Sunday. …

I was a little surprised that the past history between Christian and Jackson wasn't brought up. In the very last ECW title match, Jackson won the championship from Christian. …

The Sheamus-Wade Barrett match (which ended in a double countout) was a compelling heel versus heel encounter. The crowd was behind Sheamus to some extent. As I have said before, I think Sheamus is going to end up being an effective babyface in the very near future. …

Daniel Bryan did a decent job on the mic during his in-ring interview with Michael Cole. The big news is that Bryan said that he is going to cash in his MITB contract next April at WrestleMania XXVIII. I have my doubts about that. A lot can happen between now and then. …

The Bryan-Heath Slater match wasn't bad, but I thought Slater got in too much offense for a guy at his level going against a guy walking around with a MITB briefcase. Booker T. hit the nail on the head when he said that Slater has a long way to go when it comes to charisma.

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