- Posted: Wed, 03 Oct 2012 07:10:23 +0000
During the match on RAW this past Monday night involving Ryan "Ryback" Reeves and Matthew "Lord Tensai" Bloom, Reeves attempted to lift Bloom up for his finisher, but was unsuccessful. Bloom was supposed to lift himself up onto the shoulders of Reeves, but failed to do so. A second attempt was made, which was also unsuccessful. This would lead to Reeves changing the finish of the match to a hard clothesline to Bloom.
When both men saw each other backstage shortly after the match, reports indicate that each person blamed the other. Reeves reportedly asked, "What the hell was that?" Bloom then found himself in a heated arguement and a mild shoving match began to ensue until road agent, Shelly "Dean Malenko" Simon, got between them and separated the two parties. Bloom, apparently, thought Reeves was the reason for the botched match ending. Bloom told co-workers, "I wasn't even gonna say anything because I thought the guy just didn't eat enough protein today to lift me. I didn't get mad at him. It happens."
It should be noted that both men successfully performed the finishing maneuver last Tuesday night at the Smackdown! tapings where it is said that Reeves lifted Bloom 50% and Bloom lifted onto Reeves 50%. Reeves claims that their bout on Monday night seemed more like 75% Reeves trying to lift Bloom and Bloom only giving 25% effort to lift himself up.
Some heat is now on Mark "The Undertaker" Calloway because he is the one who suggested to World Wrestling Entertainment officials that Bloom be brought in. Some feel the 39-year-old Bloom is too old to carry that much body weight and lacks the agility to be able to successfully take certain moves.
Neither party is expected to get de-pushed over the incident. There wasn't enough time to re-write the script which saw Reeves return to the ring about an hour later and Bloom isn't high on the card as it is. Some backstage have praised Reeves for handling the situation in a calm manner while in the ring and saving the discussion for backstage when the cameras weren't rolling. Praise also went to him for quickly coming up with a suitable match ending without much time to think.
It is said that WWE Chairman and CEO, Vince McMahon, has traditionally liked having real-life backstage feuds play out on television. However, it seems that the "Ryback" versus "Lord Tensai" feud is over, as both men are going to be kept separated to avoid a further altercation. We'll have more on this story should anything develop.