Lord Tensai has been on Raw for the past month winning match after match. After leaving the company in 2004 as A-Train, he is officially back as a new character.
How exactly did his return come about?
Both The Undertaker and John Laurinaitis were responsible for Matt “Lord Tensai” Bloom returning to WWE.
Taker and Laurinaitis have been friends with Bloom for years. Bloom has reached out several times over the years seeing if WWE had work for him but nothing ever happened until they went looking for a new “henchmen” for Laurinaitis.
My Thoughts on This News
As usual, I caution everybody reading reports. I have long said not to believe everything you read on the Internet, and this is no different.
In this case, it is very easy to believe. While many variables may be surrounding Lord Tensai right now, there are a few major points to make.
First, he is back in WWE. Since then, he has already beaten John Cena and CM Punk.
No more pointless Matt Bloom tweets about the rumors. No more weak denials. No more wasting anybody's time. No more of the vignettes!
Lord Tensai in 2012?
He gave up a major spot in Japan to return to WWE.
Right off the bat, this story has validity. Clearly, the man has returned, so something must have brought him back to the United States. It isn't a question of if he will return, or when anymore.
Next up is the thought that Undertaker and John Laurinaitis helped bring him back.
Obviously, Laurinaitis had to help in some way. That is his job. The man goes out and hires (and fires) talent for WWE. Again, that matches up nicely with the story.
The final piece of information is Undertaker helping his friend.
I have long said that backstage politics are far more important than what happens in front of the camera. Deny it all you want, but it is true.
Some folks may not like that, but friends will helps friends out in every single work environment in the world. Politics exist everywhere at work, it doesn't matter what profession. I have no issues with it.
Being a well-respected veteran in the industry, Taker is likely a good guy to go to for advice. Thus, he may have spoken well of Bloom in the past. They did work together a lot in 2003. This may explain why Tensai was given so much attention in 2003 and now.
Are Taker and Tensai buddies?
I have no idea.
However, it doesn't take a rocket scientist to know that Undertaker is no longer working full-time. He works a few times a year and is winding his career down. That much is certain.
Thus, it is only logical to see Taker wanting another big, scary, intimidating monster to "take his place" on the roster. Again, this business is all about keeping talent fresh and new each year.
No, Tensai is nowhere near Taker's legacy. No, their skills are not even close. I am not comparing their careers in any way.
However, both are big guys and both are intimidating. Both wrestlers also have some sort of scary gimmick for fans to buy into.
With Taker gone, who else has a "creepy" gimmick going?
With Tensai back in the company, it is believable to see Laurinaitis asking Taker for a few names to hire. Friends or not, Tensai had a nice run in WWE, knows the style, and seemed willing to come back for another main event run.
Remember folks! It isn't what you know, but who you know...