Death of Wrestling: Lord Tensai

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Greetings to all… It’s David Davis with my weekly blog: Death of Wrestling. For all of those who read this regularly, you will know that this is not a blog about bashing wrestling; it’s a blog of a frustrated fan, who loves the business and wishes that each week it could be a little better.

Yo yo yo people… I’ve just got a short blog post this week, which, judging by the comments from last week, I’m sure some of you will be pleased about! But that is why I love the wrestling business: it gives people a lot of scope for debate; it unites people, and divides them all at the same time – Let’s go Cena… Cena Sucks!!!

This week I want to talk about Prince Albert, AKA A-Train, AKA Lord Tensai, AKA Tensai. But before I start I just want to say that this is nothing personal against Matt Bloom; he’s a great worker, who clearly loves this business and has wrestled all around the world. He was also part of T&A; a tag team that helped launch Trish in to a new Stratusphere…

This blog is about the WWE (well any organisation really), who do things on a whim, without thinking it through properly and end up chasing their tails. Albert, in any of his guises, has never really gotten over with the WWE crowd (Shave your back!!! Shave your back!!!) This is partly because he has played a lot of heels, but also a genuine apathy to his personas within the WWE.

All due credit to Matt, though; he went to Japan and became one of their biggest stars – so big in fact that he garnered the attention of the WWE once again, and he sent the internet in to a frenzy about the possible return of A-Train to the WWE… but this time with a new and improved character…

What we got was a gimmick that was more mid-card than main event, and after all of the vignettes, we were left with a slight sense of disappointment. The WWE than started to do what it does best, or rather doesn’t do best, and paper over the cracks. They took away his gown; got him to beat up Sakamoto and when this still didn’t work… they took away his streak…

A proper stint in developmental would have told them that bringing the Prince back in this way (with this gimmick and wrestling style), wouldn’t really work. But in a classic case of the tail wagging the dog, the WWE charged ahead without a second thought… And when it failed, they gave up on him quicker than Daniel Bryan’s Wrestlemania match, which makes me think: what a waste of time! If we can’t trust them to think things through properly, people will stop giving them there time, there money and bit by bit… Yep, it’s the DOW.

Life of Wrestling: Much of wrestling’s been great recently, but this week I’m going to give my nod to Natalya and Beth. They had a hell of a match and it made me think that when given the chance, the Diva’s can and will deliver – if only they’d stop employing underwear models and start employing wrestlers, but perhaps I’ll save that for my next post!!!

That’s all folks… As always, post your comments, thoughts and opinions below! Or message me on twitter and let me know what you think the ‘Death of Wrestling’ is and I might just blog about it!!! Peace and I’m out… is a subscription free website and relies on advertising and donations from people like you. If everyone reading this donates a few dollars, we can be fully funded for another year. Thank you so much and Happy Holidays! - Team =)