WWE: 5 Potential Feuds for Lord Tensai
Lord Tensai debuted with an easy win over Alex Riley. The man once known as Prince Albert or A-Train returned after a long hiatus, now sporting some sprawling tribal tattoos on his chest.
A successful stint in Japan grabbed Vince McMahon's attention, and now the big man has another shot in WWE.
What's the best way to utilize his skills?
His time in Japan didn't transform him into the next Shawn Michaels, but his skills have certainly refined and he's capable of making an impact over the next few months.
Pairing him with the right adversary is key to his success.
With the right booking and a quality rival, Tensai's second run can easily eclipse his first.
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Lord Tensai works best with a smaller, quicker man. Many of his opponents in Japan fit this mold perfectly and extracted the best out of him.
Kingston is currently in no man's land, not in the hunt for a title, feudless and treading water.
The clash of power and speed could be intriguing.
Not to say that Kingston is the second coming of Y2J, but he does resemble him somewhat in terms of working at a quick pace and utilizing the ropes to better his offence. And Tensai has produced quality wrestling with Chris Jericho.
Tensai can toss Kingston around the ring, which would build him as a dominant force. Meanwhile, a gutsy Kingston could keep coming back to fight the big man, even after losing or getting his face flattened.
Primo and Epico
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If speedy high-flyers are the best match for Mr. Tensai, then why not take on two of them at once?
Tensai beating the tag team champs in a handicap match isn't a good idea, but having him hold his own against them would be exciting to watch.
Primo and Epico could utilize quick tags and double-team moves to take down Tensai. Before he tastes defeat at their hands, though, he could fling both men out of the ring and chokebomb them a few times.
Their matches would be electric and unpredictable.
If this combination were to spark fans' interest, Tensai could enlist the help of a partner and challenge for the titles.
Depending on who WWE chose for that role, it may lead to a tag feud that reinvigorates the division.
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The highest-profile guy on this list gets an instant enemy to battle once he returns from injury.
Christian has the mic skills to carry both men.
Letting him loose on Tensai would likely create a number of hilarious, biting moments.
And their ring work is likely to be entertaining. There are a few guys on any roster with whom Christian couldn't have a great match.
He'd sell Tensai’s power moves as well as anyone not named Ziggler. Tensai's bicycle kick is a natural counter to the spear.
And if WWE wants Tensai to be involved in any ladder-related match come Extreme Rules time, Christian is the right man for the job.
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Now that his role in the John Cena vs. Kane feud is over, Long Island Iced-Z would gladly take on the role of the courageous guy who stands up to Lord Tensai.
In defeat, Ryder can look heroic while showing off his electrifying ring skills.
It'd also be fun to see Ryder poke fun at Tensai. He exudes fun and could easily carry that over to a short feud between them.
Eventually, Tensai is going to have defeat bigger fish in order to look like a legit threat. No one cares if you beat Alex Riley.
Ryder is a good step up.
Seeing Tensai overpower Ryder would be no surprise, but both men could make the process interesting along the way.
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In terms of actual wrestling, this is the least appealing. Two big guys who lack speed rarely produce quality work together.
But WWE loves its giants.
Big Show can establish himself as a great Intercontinental Champion by surviving some close calls against Tensai.
And having Tensai go toe to toe with the World's Largest Athlete shows the world that he's ready for the big time.
Their stare-downs would be compelling. Their ring work might need an extra hand.
Perhaps a few Triple Threat matches are in order.