All of the allure about who was behind the Lord Tensai promo was lost when they showed the chest tattoo of Matt Bloom. You may remember him as Albert or A-Train from the Attitude Era.
While many fans have questioned the move, Bloom has spent the last seven years of his career becoming one of the most dominant forces in Japanese wrestling. With the size and power the WWE loves, getting him back into the mix was the right move.
With John Cena needing a huge feud to follow up the match with The Rock, A-Train would be the perfect heel monster for the face of the WWE. Cena will beat The Rock, but the crowd will still be uncertain about how they feel.
That’s why bringing in someone with little crowd support will force most fans to side with Cena. The more despicable and heelish Lord Tensai acts, the more fans that don’t have a horse in this race will lean toward Cena.
As a Cena fan myself, I also think that working with Bloom, who is a big guy but can work a stellar match, is a great way to showcase how good this feud could be. Both men have a specific style and they mesh well.
It all comes down to how the WWE plays this character and where they let it go in terms of speaking. If it goes too goofy with the Asian influence, the fans will not attach themselves to the story.
The WWE should simply play off the fact that he was an American who went to Japan to learn the craft and is now on their side. Anything anti-American Bloom says can be countered by Captain America Cena.
There has been talk that Bloom will be the last member of Team Laurinaitis at WrestleMania, but the WWE would be wise to wait until after their biggest show to re-introduce him.
With guys like Undertaker, Triple H, The Rock and Shawn Michaels fading back into obscurity, the WWE will need all the attractions it can get.
With a dependable work ethic and stellar in-ring ability, Lord Tensai will be the perfect addition to the faltering WWE roster. Certainly better than Kevin Nash.
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