Matthew Jason "Matt" Bloom is an American professional wrestler signed to WWE under the ring name Tensai (formerly Lord Tensai). Between 1997 and 2004, Bloom wrestled for World Wrestling Federation/Entertainment under the ring names Prince Albert, Albert, and A-Train. Bloom wrestled his first match in 1997, facing Tim McNeany. Bloom debuted on WWF television on the April 11, 1999 episode of Sunday Night Heat, saving Droz from a beating at the hands of Big Bossman. In March 2000, Bloom, now commonly known as Albert, was recruited by Trish Stratus to form a tag team with Test. On June 28, 2001 in New York City, New York, Bloom defeated Kane to win the WWF Intercontinental Championship. Bloom was traded to the Raw brand on March 22nd, 2004, making his official Raw debut June 7th. In March 2005, Bloom began wrestling for the Japanese All Japan Pro Wrestling (AJPW) promotion, adopting the ring name Giant Bernard. In January 2006, Bloom left AJPW and joined the rival New Japan Pro Wrestling (NJPW) promotion. In April 2006, he defeated Yuji Nagata in the finals of the 2006 New Japan Cup. On March 19 2012 episode of Raw, he appeared in a video promo under the new ring name Lord Tensai.
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WWE® PROMOTES MATT BLOOM AND SARA AMATO
STAMFORD, Conn., May 19, 2015 ? WWE (NYSE: WWE) today announced that Matt Bloom has been promoted to Head Coach of WWE's developmental system, NXT® and Sara Amato has been promoted to NXT's Assistant Head Coach. Bloom previously held the position of Interim Head Coach and Amato was previously an Assistant Coach.
Bloom, a former WWE Superstar and Intercontinental Champion, made his WWE debut in 1999 as Prince Albert. After an eight-year stint in Japan, Bloom returned to WWE in 2012 as WWE Superstar Tensai. Bloom retired from in-ring action in 2014 and was named an NXT Assistant Coach, working at the WWE Performance Center in Orlando, where he also spent time as a color commentator for NXT programming on WWE Network. He was named NXT's Interim Head Coach in March 2015.
Amato joined WWE in 2012 as Sara Del Rey after spending more than a decade working on the independent circuit. Since then, she has been responsible for training, creating and developing some of the most athletic, charismatic and confident Divas, including current WWE Divas Paige, Summer Rae and Emma, as well as NXT Divas Charlotte, Sasha Banks, Bayley, Alexa Bliss, Becky Lynch and Carmella. In addition to coaching at the WWE Performance Center, Amato will also work with WWE Superstars and Divas on the main roster as both a producer and agent.
"I have the utmost confidence in Matt and Sara's ability to train and lead the next generation of Superstars and Divas at the WWE Performance Center," said Paul "Triple H" Levesque, WWE Executive Vice President, Talent, Live Events & Creative. "With each having more than 15 years of experience in the business, Matt and Sara will continue to be invaluable resources to our developmental system. The trust and respect that they have gained throughout the years by both our talent and training staff puts NXT in a great position for future success."
"It is truly an honor to be named the Head Coach of NXT and play a key role in creating and developing the WWE Superstars and Divas of the future," said Bloom. "I look forward to continuing my role in training and coaching the incredibly talented roster we have at the WWE Performance Center."
"This is a dream come true for me," said Amato. "I'm so proud to be given the opportunity to train and lead the aspiring talent at the WWE Performance Center as we continue to expand the NXT brand globally."
NXT Superstars and Divas train out of the state-of-the-art WWE Performance Center in Orlando, Florida. The 26,000 square-foot facility offers a full training experience with real time feedback from WWE coaches, trainers and doctors, giving performers the resources they need to develop their talent both athletically and creatively.Photo credit: Johnny Gee Photography
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