WWE Botch of the Week: Debuting Lord Tensai in a Squash Match
I absolutely hated that Daniel Bryan vs. Sheamus only got 18 seconds at WrestleMania 28, but at least that resulted in an awesome crowd for this week’s episode of Monday Night Raw.
I absolutely hated that The Big Show beat Cody Rhodes on The Grandest Stage of Them All, but at least losing the Intercontinental Championship gives Rhodes a shot at being elevated to the main event.
But the thing I hated the most about the WWE this week was the debut of Lord Tensai and Sakamoto.
It has been rumored for weeks that Lord Tensai (a.k.a. Albert, Prince Alberto, A-Train, Giant Bernard, etc...) was going to immediately be placed into a high-profile angle upon his return, perhaps even for a feud with either John Cena or Randy Orton.
That, of course, would have had Lord Tensai making a huge impact right from the get-go. But instead of seeing him attack Cena, Orton or some other major star, he simply squashed Alex Riley.
While I get that the WWE wants to reintroduce Tensai to the WWE fans before giving him such a big role on TV, the “I’m a big dude, so I come in and squash people” booking has got to go.
I mean, we just saw this with Brodus Clay, who returned as “The Funkasaurus” a few months ago and has had less than 10 matches so far, all of them squashes. Actually, this week’s Raw was the first sign we got that Clay was going to get a legitimate feud for a change.
Yet the creative team seems to be doing the exact same thing with Tensai, who returned Monday night and beat the living crap out of Riley. It was impressive, sure, but no one is pining to see Tensai come in and destroy guys who hardly ever appear on Raw or SmackDown anymore.
If the WWE really wanted to have Tensai’s return matter, then it would have found a way to insert him into a high-profile feud or at least would have waited to debut him until they had a big feud lined up for him.
But that’s not what happened. Tensai returned at a really random time 40 minutes into the show (what’s up with that?), and it seems pretty clear that the creative team doesn’t have anything concrete planned for him.
Most of the WrestleMania feuds are going to continue through Extreme Rules in a little less than four weeks, which means that we’ve probably got another month of Tensai squash matches before he actually does anything of note.
I fear that the same thing that happened with Clay could happen to Tensai: We get excited for his return and are even happy to see him for the first few weeks, but we see the same thing over and over again, and as a result, start to get sick of him.
Maybe I’m wrong, but for now, the WWE seems to have botched Lord Tensai’s return already and can only change that by placing him into a big rivalry sooner rather than later.
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