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and a preview of tonight's episode.
Okay, Fun's Fun ...
... But This Is Getting Ridiculous.
First, let me say that the ladder match was really well put together last week, and objectively entertaining.
However, I couldn't get this nagging problem out of my head:
AJ Styles is the WWE World Champion.
He might be the best wrestler in the world.
If he's not, he's certainly Top 5.
And as such, call me crazy, but I believe he deserves to be taken seriously.
And he can't be, and he won't be, if he continues to work with the comedy duo of Ambrose & Ellsworth.
This has nothing to do with me disliking James Ellsworth. I think he's doing a great job.
I just want to see him somewhere other than the Main Event scene, dragging AJ Styles down into the muck and the mire of having to prove himself over and over again against a guy who's built like David Spade.
And Ellsworth, as great as he is at doing what he does, is contributing to the delinquency of Dean Ambrose, who is in full "Wack-A-Doo Dean" mode.
What happened to the old Dean Ambrose? The guy who actually fought like he was unhinged? The guy whose unpredictability was only matched by his viciousness?
This is the Dean Ambrose that I want to see:
Rocking the sleeveless hoodie under the SWAT vest.
Ruining fools without regard for life and limb.
I want THAT guy back.
Instead, what do we get?
We get THIS guy.
And that guy's funny (some of the time), but he's not the guy I want.
He's definitely not the guy I want challenging AJ Styles for the World Title.
And somehow, it's James Ellsworth's fault.
Not deliberately, of course. But by proximity. Ellsworth is a carrier for comedy, and it's contagious. Different people present different symptoms, and with Dean, he goes full "Wack-A-Doo," and it's the worst possible version of Dean Ambrose available.
Still, it's astonishing how over this whole angle is, and how "over it" I am.
But that's me. Out of touch with mainstream wrestling fans since 1997.
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