The WWE is going to bring Matt Bloom—formally known as A-Train and Prince Albert—back into the company as Lord Tensai. The right time to do this is not at WrestleMania XXVIII, but on the Monday Night RAW the following night.
As noted before, Matt “A-Train” Bloom is set to return to WWE in April as Lord Tensai and will reportedly be “pushed to the top.” Besides John Cena, WWE officials have also discussed having Tensai feud with Randy Orton. No word yet if Tensai will still come in as one of John Laurinaitis’ henchmen.
Having this build for the new character, Lord Tensai, where they have promotional videos teasing his entrance is great. It’s building hype around a new wrestler for a company that is thin on people who have hype built around them.
However, the WWE cannot blow all of the build at their biggest event of the year, when it will get overshadowed and buried under the main event of The Rock vs. John Cena.
If—and from what it seems like, the WWE is planning on doing this—the company wants to bring Tensai in as a main-event superstar, then they have to have him debut when nothing else is going on. His debut has to be the lasting impression that makes people want to know what is going to happen going forward.
Plus, some of the biggest debuts came on the RAW following WrestleMania.
The return of X-Pac and the formation of the new Degeneration-X was a huge part of the first RAW after WrestleMania XIV. Their lasting image of the newly formed DX hanging from a steel cage once RAW went off the air instantly put the group over as a major force.
The WWE waited to debut one of the biggest superstars from WCW, Goldberg, until the first RAW after WrestleMania XIX. The result was making RAW a must-see show that night.
Lord Tensai may be the next great heel that carries the main-event scene into the summer. Or, he may flame out and be a nice mid-carder for the Zack Ryders and Kofi Kingstons to feud with.
Either or, the debut cannot happen at WrestleMania XXVIII. They have to wait until the next night on RAW.