Lord Tensai Disappointing Early, Brock Lesnar The New Face Of WWE?, Braden Walker An Epic Fail, Lesnar's Endorsement Deals

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I had heard that Albert's in-ring work had improved dramatically, but from what I've seen it still looks incredibly sloppy. Paired with his less than desirable ring-look, how long do you think he's going to be kept around? It was a good try to put him in the main event of Raw, but I was really just disappointed by his performance.

WWE seems determined to try and get the Lord Tensai gimmick over, especially after having him pin John Cena on last night's Raw Supershow (albeit with a dirty finish). I agree that Tensai looked sloppy last night but I have no idea if the company plans on pulling the plug on the gimmick. It's important not to judge a gimmick too quickly but I share your sentiment that Tensai has been disappointing early.

Has Brock Lesnar taken John Cena's place as "face of the WWE" already?

WWE is building Brock Lesnar as John Laurinaitis' "face of WWE" in storyline but he's not really the guy in the company. Lesnar is looked at as a special attraction just like The Rock. WWE is glad to have him but are not relying on a part-timer to carry business. The top guys in WWE are still John Cena, Randy Orton and CM Punk.

Why is Braden Walker infamous in the WWE Universe?

Chris Harris, formerly known as Braden Walker, showed up overweight and out of shape. There had been a lot of anticipation for his WWE debut after a successful tag team run in TNA but things went about as badly as they possibly could have gone. Lines such as "I'm Braden Walker and I'm going to knock your brains out" made the gimmick laughable and helped establish it as a running joke amongst the IWC.

I cant remember any time the WWE has let a superstar have sponsors of other company's on their ring attire ever. Brock Lesnar's new shirt and ring shorts both have Jimmy Johns and other sponsors on them when he goes out to the ring. Is this something that you think other superstars are going to catch on to and start making sponsorship money on above what they get paid in WWE (John Cena with Gillette and Subway on his shorts?) or is this a one time thing that Brock Lesnar put in his new WWE contract since he was sponsored by these company's during his UFC run?

WWE is letting Brock Lesnar honor endorsement deals that he had when he was under UFC contract. Lesnar is a unique situation and I don't believe WWE has ever shelled out as much money for a part-timer as they did for him but Vince McMahon was determined that Brock's first post-UFC run was with them. Love him or hate him, Lesnar drew big for UFC, which caused his stock to skyrocket. WWE worked diligently with Lesnar and UFC to hammer out an agreement that is not really comparable to anything we've ever seen.

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  • bill

    braden walker was inducted in the wwe hof and even has his own 3 disc wwe dvd dnt believe me check you tube

    • Blazeking

      Wow, I can't believe 3 people voted you down for a joke that they didn't know existed.

      youtube.com/watch?v=JsGU71cJ4no (He *did* say check youtube, didn't he?!)

  • The Artist Formerly Known As Mr. Wrestlemania

    Big Show can sponsor KFC or McDonalds!!! Lol

  • Jay

    What's happening to Tensai is no different than any other monster heel they push down our throats. It's funny, Brodus Clay would have been booked the same way. Even though he still squashes, him being a face allowed him to go over, and he's finally in a feud with Swagger it seems. Happened with Sheamus, Umaga, etc. WWE is so boring to do it this way. There is no need to squash superstars as far as Im concerned, just debut against Cena and build a proper feud that means something. I think Tensai should speak on the mic more and maybe even discuss his past gimmick he had with Cena (A Train and Cena), it's clear as day that the audience wont let the Albert chants go and it's hurting him a lot.

    I like Albert, but WWE never gave him a fair chance to wrestle and expect the crowd to be pleased with his boring squashes. Further, I'd prefer it if he feuded with Clay or Ryback rather than Cena, WWE pushes people too fast. Smackdown is always a better show because it allowed so many superstars that failed on Raw to develop properly: Sheamus, MVP, Eddie, Daniel Bryan, Cody Rhodes to name a few

  • Etbluffer

    I thought the Lesnar promo was great last night- as was Cena’s. This angle feels real, and has blurred the line wonderfully!

  • Msuth

    What’s IWC?

    Internet wrestling community?

  • havoc525

    They should drop Tensai as a gimmick, let him be Matt Bloom, with more of an Albert appearance. Leather pants, black fist tape, although he can’t do his bicycle kick anymore.


    I really think need to give him a mouth piece asap, he sucks on the MIC. Laryngitis is more entertaining on the MIC

  • Jason

    Had he shown up in ring-shape and been allowed to be his 'Wildcat' persona, Chris Harris might have been a decent mid-card talent.

  • kevin

    Back in the early 80’s when they first went to red, white, and blue ropes the turnbuckels had Everlast on them. I’m almost sure (90%) that the backlund/snuka cage match is one where you could see that

  • H.M.

    Matt Bloom aka Lord Tensai, was a lot more agile during his earlier run in the WWE. He seems to have lost that agility considerably, seeing the pace of his match last night with John Cena. He's also gotten…well quite fat. Maybe he should have gotten a bit more in shape before returning to the big screen so soon. His look though… is anything but less-then-desirable because it's one of the most intimidating I have seen in ages.

    • XKonn247

      I do remember Albert as a 220lb cruiser weight. Well noticed! I’d nearly forgotten.

  • bear

    I Remember Lance Storm's comments when Walker debuted – "as far as I recall, the treadmill is not a banned substance"!! lol

  • Ken

    “I’m Braden Walker and I’m going to knock your brains out!” Thumbs up. Smile. FAIL!

  • Terry

    Tensai is dope . Japan is stiff , they where trying to show the difference between the two styles of wrestling .

  • Christ 4 Life

    brock and tensai can go back where they came from as far as i'm concerned

    • Wendy

      I agree completely. I never liked Brock Lesnar, and I certainly don't like him now. It's kind of funny that WWE is running their "anti-bully" campaign on the side, but are pushing straight up bullies like Lesnar. He belonged in UFC, but not WWE. He's like a big bulldozer, not much skill, just all brute force. It scares me how much the crowd likes him…..reminds me of the Roman Collusium, you know, with the crowd cheering on the gladiators to the death, or worse yet, sacrificing Christians to the lions? People are getting off way too much on violence these days. Civilization is supposed to lead to progress, not degeneration into barbarians. At least that's how I see it.

      • Marq

        Why are you at this site again?

  • JasonGaza

    I dont Consider Orton as Top anymore. I only see CM Punk and John Cena as faces of the WWE. Orton is in line with like Sheamus, Jericho

  • Bo Bossong

    EnNever liked Lesnar still don't. But he will beat Cena There trying to get rid of him. Lesnar is a loser remember when he got the heck knocked out of him in that o9ther thing he was in? Put his pic up. But the fans love him and Brynant and Jerico and Rockt. Why? The fans are really strange.

    • Cena Sucks

      I think you are really strange..

    • Richard McG.

      I think my brain just died.

    • XKonn247

      You really do just eat the crap that McMahon feeds you don’t you? If he says jump, you say how high? If he says Cena is better than the likes or Bryan, Jericho, Punk you just sit back and agree? Formulate your own opinion based on the wrestling not what Vince feeds you. That’s what the children do. Not the IWC.

  • DoJo

    I said the tensai gimmick would flop……….. The man is a beast, but wrestling Japanese ‘stiff’ style is not helping & the little Karate hand movements make him look goofy……. Am sure the gimmick would have worked in the early 90’s & he would have had a great feud with tatanka LoL Bloom is a good wrestler, just needs a HUGE gimmick tweak!!!!!

    • Ellen Brennan

      If he was soooooooooo GRRRRRRRReat in Japan, he should go back…and take Otunga with him!