Tensai's Final Straw: Why It's Time to Get Rid of Him
Tensai. Lord Tensai. A-Train. Albert. Giant Bernard. Matt Bloom.
Whatever WWE wants to call him, it's time to let him go. It's time for WWE to finally show respect to their Asian audience.
On Monday Night Raw, as we all know, AW made an offensive rape joke about Kobe Bryant (not only offensive, but a few years too late to be culturally relevant).
Everyone in the WWE locker room should have been extra careful with what they said after that, unless they too wanted to be reprimanded.
For another wrestler to do something else offensive in such a short amount of time was baffling and idiotic. People may say it's not a big deal, but you know that Vince McMahon must not have been happy if they apologized in the next segment.
If Monday Night Raw wasn't PG programming, that wouldn't be quite as bad (it would still be stupid though), but the WWE markets their programs to children.
The week before, Hornswoggle and Santino came out giving dolls to children in the front row. The next week, we get a rape joke.
Anyone can see that now is a time for WWE Superstars to be a little more careful about what they're saying on and off TV.
It should have been weeks or months before the next controversy.
Matt Bloom didn't wait long though, as he posted a Tout of himself and Sakamoto where he insulted Japanese drivers, and told him to open his eyes as he hit him.
Should WWE cut ties with Tensai?
What AW did was bad, but I would argue this was actually worse.
You could say that AW showed a lack of judgment at that moment, but Bloom must have thought up his video beforehand, thought it was funny, recorded it, and then posted it on the Internet still thinking it was a good idea.
This shows an incredible lack of judgment from a man who is seen by millions of people on worldwide television.
WWE should cut all ties with this man now.
It's time they finally show their Asian audience that they care about them. WWE has been pretty cruel in their portrayal of Asian wrestlers.
It's a wonder they have any fans at all in Asia.
Who could forget such well thought-out gimmicks like "I choppy choppy your pee pee" Yamaguchi, the stereotype Mr. Fuji, the Asian Cowboy Jimmy Wang Yang, Kaientai having dubbed voice overs, Kung Fu Naki and Horny Tajiri.
Most amazingly of all, WWE once almost named a wrestler Hirohito (they even had televised vignettes for him) before someone realized that it may not be a great idea to name a wrestler after a former Japanese Emperor during World War 2.
Oh, instead they thought outside the box and cast him as Kenzo Suzuki, the horny idiot.
Currently, WWE has two Japanese men on the roster.
One is a coward who is always beat up by a bigger white man, and the other (Yoshi Tatsu) is shockingly portrayed as a horny idiot the few times they've actually let him talk.
Who has been your favorite WWE Japanese wrestler?
What makes this all the more confusing for Bloom is he spent years wrestling in Japan. You would think during that time that he would be a little more culturally sensitive.
You would be wrong though.
Besides the bad PR that Bloom has brought the company, his character is doing nothing for them business-wise.
Simply, Tensai has not gotten over at all. The crowds are silent when he comes out. He's almost 40 years old and is taking up a roster spot for someone more deserving.
A guy like Matt Morgan, who is rumored to be joining WWE, could easily take his role as a monster heel and do a better job with it.
Regardless, the next guy who gets his TV time will hopefully be one who won't say stupid, racist comments and then post them on the internet.
Best of all would be WWE hiring a Japanese wrestler and for once not treaing him as a joke.
It's only 2012 though, maybe WWE will get around to that in another 30 years or so.
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