On Raw last night, WWE unveiled their latest viral video campaign to hype the debut of a new superstar Lord Tensai. From the music and Japanese symbols painted or tattooed all over his body and bald head, this mysterious presence has obviously spent a lot of time in the Orient. Find out who it is after the jump.
Unsurprisingly, according to Dave Meltzer on his latest radio show, it is Matt Bloom, who wrestled in WWE as the pierced Prince Albert and A-Train from 1999-2004, but since then has been working in Japan as Giant Bernard. As Geno Mrosko reported here over the weekend, despite his claims to the contrary, Bloom has re-signed with the company and will debut after WrestleMania 28, expected to be with a big push as John Laurinaitis' henchman and a possible future monster opponent for John Cena. Strangely in Japan, the feeling on social media was that the videos were for KENSO, who worked for WWE as Kenzo Suzuki in 2004-2005, but that is not the case.
He likely denied the rumours as WWE probably wanted to keep his return a surprise like they did with Chris Jericho, which seems a bit silly as his identity is pretty obvious from the video they aired on Raw. It seems that he has already fulfilled all his commitments to his previous employers New Japan Pro Wrestling, as with his former Bad Intentions tag team partner Karl Anderson, he put over Hiroyoshi Tenzan and Satoshi Kojima again for the IWGP Tag Titles on NJPW's pay-per-view on February 12th, and is not on their current tour.
Though he highly enjoyed working in Japan, at age 39 time was ticking for Bloom to make potentially much bigger money in the United States for WWE. Promised a plum spot in a headliner position, this was an opportunity that he couldn't afford to miss out on. Like Eddie Fatu, who resurrected his career in All Japan Pro Wrestling as Jamal after being fired from WWE, before returning and getting over strong as monster Samoan heel Umaga, I expect this is the right move for Bloom and he'll turn heads with his vast improvement since we last saw him in his new role as Lord Tensai.