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Plans for Christian’s Return to SmackDown, Change Made to Lord Tensai’s Claw Finisher

– The claw slam that Lord Tensai uses has been modified slightly for safety precautions. The hold now comes from the standing position, giving the opponent the ability to land back-first. The original way of starting from Tensai’s knee caused the point of impact to be on the back of his opponent’s head.

The referee stoppages that they were doing in Tensai matches look to be done.

– Christian did not return at this past Tuesday’s WWE SmackDown tapings, despite being advertised. Look for him to return once the Extreme Rules pay-per-view has finished. Christian is booked to be put in the World Heavyweight Title picture with Sheamus and Daniel Bryan.

Source: Wrestling Observer Newsletter

  • Dang

    Christian turns face 2 face ( Christian & Sheamus ) and 2 heel ( Alberto & Daniel) sounds better to me than only Sheamus faces Alberto,Daniel,Christian

  • Eve’s left nipple

    Thanks for clearing up the modification of the claw, I didn’t notice it was different on this weeks Raw or anything…Brillitant journalism.

  • PinkSinCara


  • Bill

    Team Johnny won at WM, so Christian finally gets one more match! I’d love to see him, ADR, Bryan, & Sheamus in a fatal four-way feud.

  • Jimbo

    The claw is the only thing I don’t like about Tensai. Also, Christian being in the WHC picture sounds too good to be true.

  • Stockton Joe

    Ah, “The Claw.” Shade of Baron von Raschke. What’s old is new again.

    Didn’t Lord Tensai used to be Prince Albert?

  • Wife Beater 3:16

    Sites are also reporting Del Rio might be in the title mix.

  • christian will interfere in the sheamus bryan match