At yesterday’s NXT live event in Houston, Finn Balor paid tribute to WWE Performance Center head coach Matt Bloom for what he has done to all of the talent.
“You know who’s done more than anybody to take it to another level,” Balor quizzed the crowd. “He’s a man that goes by many names. A-Train, The Hip-Hop Hippo, Giant Bernard, Tensai, but we all know him affectionately as our coach Matt Bloom,” Balor continued as the crowd popped.
Bloom was standing in the entrance way along with the other NXT talent who came out to listen to Balor’s speech, his last one in NXT.
“And he single-handedly, from the day he took over at the Performance Center changed the way we treat NXT from the inside. Because I’m telling ya, before Matt Bloom was here it was a struggle,” Balor added. “And now, every single day, we walk into the Performance Center, we walk in with a smile and it’s thanks to that man over there.”
Balor’s comments were the first ones from a current Superstar to somewhat address the situation that haunted the WWE in the beginning of 2015 when allegations against Bill DeMott pushed him to resign.
Bloom took over from previous head coach Bill DeMott, who resigned in March 2015 after several cases were brought forward by former WWE Performance Center students who said that DeMott abused them. Allegations included no regard to the safety of the developmental wrestlers, name calling, verbally abusing the talent, and much more. DeMott refuted the allegations about him in a statement but said that to avoid any embarrassment or damage to WWE he would step down effective immediately.
Bloom was appointed interim head coach just a day after DeMott’s resignation and was then promoted to head coach on a permanent basis. He had been working as an NXT trainer since August 2014. Another well-liked trainer, Sara Amato, was appointed as assistant head coach just two months after Bloom took the reigns.