Remember when Tensai (Matt Bloom) returned to the WWE in April 2012? The man spent many years in Japan and became a monster heel. He was due to become a bigger star than when he was wrestling in the company before, when he was being called “Albert” and “A-Train”. Now it seems like he’s become nothing but a joke to the WWE.
Tensai was given a huge push on his initial return to the company after he made his comeback following WrestleMania 28. He was unbeaten for a long stretch of time and even pinned John Cena on an episode of Raw one time. Not even Brock Lesnar could say that he beat Cena in 2012.
Tensai was riding high and there were rumors he was going to face CM Punk for the WWE Title at SummerSlam at one stage. But, his mega push suddenly halted mainly because the fans didn’t take the character too seriously. Fans chanted loudly and proudly at arenas, calling him “Albert” all of the time. It wasn’t before long until the WWE realized this and knew his current gimmick wasn’t going to work.
At first, it seemed as if Tensai was just going to work as a mid-card heel for the time being and work his way back up to the main events eventually. As time went by, the likelihood of that happening became slimmer. Now, Tensai is working in a comedic role, being a jobber to Santino Marella of all people.
Tensai confirmed this to a fan at a WWE Live event, saying “I get paid to look foolish.” It sounds like he’s he’s unhappy about his current position in the company. A similar situation occurred with Chavo Guerrero when he was booked to lose to Hornswoggle a few years ago. It’s only a matter of time when Tensai’s contract is up and he will head back off to Japan, unless he changes his gimmick yet again.