Dave Meltzer of The Wrestling Observer Newsletter is reporting that former Tons of Funk member Tensai may be done as an in-ring competitor in professional wrestling.
Matt Bloom, 41, returned to WWE in 2012 under the Lord Tensai gimmick. He was scheduled for a major push after being brought over from New Japan Pro Wrestling where he was one of the top draws. However, his push soon fizzled, and he was regulated to the undercard where he spent much time putting over other guys. Not long after, he would achieve tag team success with Brodus Clay in Tons of Funk, before the team split earlier this year.
Despite being done in the ring, it is said WWE still has invested stock in him in front of the camera. Bloom alongside Alex Riley, Josh Matthews and Booker T have been used as tests for the new Raw pre and post shows that will air on WWE Network. Meltzer says that his commentary is growing favorable with WWE brass, and it is possible that his roles could be expanded in the future. He has served on the pay-per-view kickoff show panels in the past.
Bloom debuted in WWE in 1999 as Prince Albert, eventually shorting his name to Albert and teaming alongside Test. He would later change his name once more to A-Train, even facing The Undertaker at WrestleMania 19. He eventually was released from WWE in 2005, and then started his Japanese wrestling career not long after.
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