WWE announced today that disgraced former Performance Center head coach Bill DeMott will be replaced by former wrestler and announcer Matt Bloom. You may know him better as Prince Albert, A-Train, Giant Bernard, Lord Tensai or Jason Albert. Or just Albert, or just Tensai. Or Sweet T. Dude’s got a lot of names. Basically, they’re replacing WCW’s Hugh Morrus with WWE’s version.
Also getting a promotion was Sara Amato, also known as Sara Del Rey. She’s getting bumped up from assistant coach to assistant head coach, and will continue to be a beloved and deserved saint on the internet.
Here’s the press release, via Dot Com:
STAMFORD, Conn. — 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, Fla., 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.
Bloom commented on his new job, saying …
“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.”
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