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Matt Bloom, aka Prince Albert, Albert and now Lord Tensai, has returned to the WWE and has dominated the competition thus far. When he left the WWE, he traveled to Japan and performed in New Japan Pro-Wrestling.
His return as Lord Tensai shows him embracing the Japanese culture, as he dons traditional attire and Japanese symbol tattoos. While Tensai has been dominant thus far and certainly looks threatening and menacing, I do not think this gimmick will catch on.
Most people in the WWE remember Bloom as either A-Train or Albert. When Tensai comes out to the ring, "Albert" chants always fill the air. The fans will not accept Tensai's character and will always refer to Tensai as Albert.
Would it have been better if the WWE had Bloom return as A-Train? There is no guarantee that any gimmick will be successful, but as A-Train, Bloom achieved his greatest achievements.
A-Train feuded with The Undertaker, Chris Benoit and joined Brock Lesnar's team at Survivor Series in 2003. Shortly after being traded to Raw in 2004, A-Train would tear his rotator cuff and subsequently be released from his contract soon after. With success as A-Train, I think the WWE should have allowed him to return with that gimmick.
A-Train was the typical big-man gimmick. We have seen that all too often in the WWE, so they decided to make a change and spice up that gimmick by adding Lord Tensai and Japanese culture to Bloom. I just don't think it will be as successful as if they had kept the A-Train gimmick.
He would still be dominating the WWE like he is now; the only difference would be that the fans would be familiar with him already and not have to figure out Lord Tensai. Bloom is a good worker and will do everything he can to make Lord Tensai a successful gimmick. However, I would have preferred A-train over Lord Tensai.
What are your views on Bloom? Do you like the Lord Tensai gimmick? Leave your comments and questions below. I look forward to answering your questions.
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