Vince McMahon Reportedly Dumping Tensai and Brodus Clay Gimmicks

Max TowleAnalyst IOctober 4, 2012

Photo courtesy of WWE
Photo courtesy of WWE

Two WWE backstage reports broke Thursday regarding the futures of Brodus Clay and Tensai—two upper-midcard wrestlers relatively new to the roster.

According to PWInsider, company boss Vince McMahon has grown tired of Brodus Clay's "Funkasaurus" gimmick of late, and is considering enforcing a character change (h/t Wrestling Inc).

This news may come as a surprise to some, but considering the lack of push he's been given in recent weeks, perhaps it shouldn't. The same report claims that Clay "may be going back to his old monster gimmick," a role which he played in his early days in the WWE.

Also revealed Thursday was McMahon's similar displeasure with the progress of another recent addition to the roster, Tensai (via Wrestling Inc).

Tensai, whose real name is Matt Bloom, worked with the company during the Attitude Era, portraying the mildly successful Prince Albert and A-Train.

Having wrestled in Japan since his departure in 2004, Bloom returned to WWE screens in April of this year, portraying a Japanese feudal lord.

But now it seems that, "WWE officials had big hopes for Tensai when he returned to WWE earlier this year but plans for his push have been nixed.

So what's next for both Clay and Bloom?

The problem with both is that they have wrestled in such unique roles, that an immediate, drastic character change would surely only confuse the WWE Universe.

Would it make sense for Clay to suddenly transform from the guy who dances with kids, to a sadistic, Kane-like monster?

And how odd would it be to have Bloom's Japanese lord come to the ring one week, then with some sort of American gimmick the next?

My suggestion therefore for both, isn't an immediate redevelopment, but, especially in the case of Clay, rather some subtle tweaking.

I would suggest that Brodus does indeed turn heel, but still keeps the "Funkasaurus" gimmick.

He would naturally have to dump both Naomi and Cameron, preferably in some sort of heel way, and also lose the constant smiling and upbeat attitude.

But how great would it be to have fans booing his in-ring dancing before matches?

In the case of Tensai, my suggestion is a little bit more "out there."

Picture this: He loses yet another match, most likely to Tyson Kidd, then storms off backstage in fury, throwing bits of mechanical equipment all around the staging area.

When he gets back to his dressing room, he pauses in front of a mirror, looking deeply into his own reflection with searching eyes.

He then picks up a nearby wet sponge, and begins wiping away the Japanese symbols from his face.

Later on Raw, Prince Albert's music hits, and Bloom comes out in his old role to a massive pop, instantly turning him babyface in the process.

The fickle nature of the WWE is well acknowledged both within, and without the business. Gimmicks have come and gone—wrestling fads dumped like bad shares on the market.

But how about McMahon defy expectation for once, instead of giving us generic heel/babyface turns such as Big Show's earlier this year?


What do you think the future holds in store for both Brodus Clay and Tensai?