As seen on RAW this week, WWE began airing vignettes for the return of Matthew “A-Train” Bloom. They are giving him the name “Lord Tensai”.
We reported over the weekend that the wrestler currently known as Giant Bernard for New Japan Wrestling had been reportedly re-signed with WWE. He denied on Twitter on Saturday that he had signed a contract to return to the promotion after WrestleMania XXVIII as he will be appearing for New Japan Pro Wrestling on their next tour. He also said that he does not know how the rumor got started, calling it “comical.” Regarding the now confirmed rumor, four WWE sources have said within the past week that he is returning to the organization, with one saying it has been assumed for two months that is was happening. Furthermore, numerous WWE performers were talking about his pending return at Friday’s live event in Montreal after being informed by management of the news.
A source close to creative says he is set for “a big push” upon his return to WWE programming in April as a villainous henchman for RAW Interim General Manager and Executive Vice President of Talent Relations John Laurinaitis. There has also been talk of Bloom feuding with John Cena since the RAW Superstar does not have a post-WrestleMania XXVIII program in place at the moment.
Bloom, who will turn 40 years old in November, previously competed for WWE from 1999 to 2004 as a mid-card wrestler. He tore his rotator cuff in June 2004 and was released from his contract before returning from the injury. He would go on to achieve greater success in Japan as Giant Bernard in a tag team partnership with Karl Anderson.
When Bernard was asked on Twitter just today if he had been contacted by any US promotion to be on their television show, he replied with, “Nope.” Obviously, he was lying.