In the last episode of Monday Night Raw, WWE reported Mark Henry in the backstage that he made a couple of curious segments: primarily The World's Strongest Man was seen talking to WWE Champion Drew McIntyre and was later seen together with Bianca Belair and Ruby Riott.
Many wondered why WWE brought Mark Henry back on the show and Ron Simmons last week. The reality is that the Stamford federation had big plans for the two, however, the plot was abandoned. In recent weeks, WWE was slated to restart the Nation of Domination, a Stable with MVP driving, Bobby Lashley and Shelton Benjamin as squires and many other names that would be added in the following weeks.
Update on Mark Henry
According to Dave Meltzer of Wrestling Observer Radio, WWE planned to facilitate Mark Henry's in-ring return but eventually decided against it. Meltzer added there were plans to bring the Nation of Domination back, which explains why Ron Simmons and Mark Henry were on the Raw tapings.
“The deal with Mark Henry was – Mark Henry and Ron Simmons were brought in for these tapings for the Nation of Domination angle that they scrapped," Meltzer said (H/T Sportskeeda.com). "So I guess they just figured since Mark Henry is there, they just put him on TV for no reason."
In weightlifting, Mark Henry was a three-time U.S. National Weightlifting Champion (1993, 1994, 1996), an American Open winner (1992), a two-time U.S. Olympic Festival Champion (1993 and 1994) and a NACAC champion (1996). He holds all three Senior US American weightlifting records of 1993–1997.
In 2002 he won the first annual Arnold Strongman Classic. Since joining the World Wrestling Federation (now WWE) in 1996, he has become a one-time WWF European Champion and a two-time world champion, having held the ECW Championship in 2008, and WWE's World Heavyweight Championship in 2011.
In April 2018, Henry was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame Class of 2018. WWE boss Vince McMahon is said to be very pleased with MVP's involvement with Raw since he returned as a producer and an in-ring personality earlier this year and is very receptive to the veteran's ideas.
However, there were many who felt that a return would be better later down the line and not while racial tensions remain high in America. It's still possible that WWE will take The Hurt Business in the direction of The Nation of Domination, but that is up in the air.
It was noted last week that there were people within WWE who thought that, from a real-life timing situation, re-doing the Nation of Domination storyline right now would be incredibly tone deaf. There were reportedly a lot of people in the company who did want the idea nixed.