As anyone who saw it will know, Monday's episode of Raw included one of the most cringe-worthy segments in recent times.
Per the storyline, Vickie Guerrero, backstage with Brodus Clay and Tensai, spun the Raw roulette wheel (the show took place in Las Vegas, hence the format) to place Tensai and Brodus Clay in a ... lingerie pillow fight?
A shocked and irate Tensai promptly stormed off, at which point Guerrero astutely decided to spin the wheel again and give it another go. It landed on the significantly less embarrassing dance-off option. Clay promised Vickie he'd relay the change to his foe.
Of course, he didn't (man, are Raw's faces getting more and more unlikable or what?). This meant fans in the arena and at home were then "treated" to an embarrassed-looking Tensai coming out clad in lingerie. He then later did his version of the wacky Elaine dance from Seinfeld.
Credit to him, he did at least make the effort with it. But this was awful. Truly awful. On a show filled with one bad segment after another, this somehow managed to be the worst one.
It's no secret that Tensai's return to WWE hasn't exactly panned out as was hoped, but to see the once-credible wrestler reduced to this was almost depressing to watch. Yes, the man who once thrilled audiences in New Japan as a frightening killer heel has now become a lower midcard joke.
Interestingly, over at his official Twitter account, Matthew "Tensai" Bloom has defended the controversial angle, calling it "entertainment."
Matt Bloom @NXTMattBloom
It's entertainment folks. Love it or hate it you couldn't look away. Btw, under wires suck!!1/29/2013, 3:32:45 AM
If Tensai feels his new comedy character has potential, good for him. However, it remains to be seen if such a character can go anywhere. Aside from the fact it keeps him firmly in the midcard, it's not even terribly funny.
It could also potentially make it harder for him to resume his career in Japan, should he ever part ways with WWE.
Will anyone be able to ever take him seriously again?