It left fans wondering, will Rhodes will be able to compete at Survivor Series? Another thought that has crossed our minds is: Who will replace him if he can't?
Well folks, the wait may be over as Mike Johnson at PWInsider.com reports:
Cody Rhodes underwent an MRI on his shoulder as well as several concussion tests yesterday. If he's able to work the Survivor Series elimination match, it will be a "last minute decision" I am told. The company does not want him in the ring if he's not cleared by their medical staff, for obvious reasons. The word yesterday was that if Rhodes couldn't work as part of Team Ziggler, Tensai would likely step in.
That's right folks, the WWE's heel roster is so limited that Tensai is the go-to guy if Rhodes is out. Let's face it, Matt Bloom aka Tensai has not had the reception that the WWE expected upon his return.
Tensai's initial roll-out to me was his best, as he was portraying a student who mastered the art of Japanese wrestling and was ready to take it to WWE's top stars.
However, when your former wrestling characters were as prominent as Albert and A-Train, it can make it difficult to re-introduce yourself as someone else. Overall, Tensai has busted his tail to get this character over. He has put on some solid matches and reminded fans that he can be a force to be reckoned with.
Keep in mind, Bloom just turned 40, so he doesn't have a whole lot of time to rekindle his WWE career. Ultimately, the company either has to embrace the character and somehow get him over, or scrap the Tensai gimmick altogether.
Any way you slice it, if Rhodes is shelved for Sunday's pay-per-view, Tensai will probably replace him and no one will care.
In the end, the best the WWE can hope for is a speedy recovery by Rhodes. This way, WWE can continue to have a solid tag team roster to keep the once struggling division alive.