The SmackDown Get-Up 12-13: I'll Believe It When I See It

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  • WWE Week will feature Styles vs. Ellsworth in a WWE Championship Match

Last week on Smackdown, we were supposed to get James Ellsworth challenging AJ Styles for the WWE World Championship.

We didn't.

Instead we got this:

Entertaining to be sure, but not what we were promised, and not what the fans in Houston were expecting to see.

When they found out they weren't going to get the title match they'd believed they were going to get to see Live, they turned on the show. They were not happy.

It didn't matter that there was a perfectly fine reason for this change--AJ's legitimate ankle injury; it mattered that the WWE knew he wouldn't be able to compete earlier that day, and they chose to withhold that information, instead keeping us in suspense before revealing AJ in a walking boot.

This week we're supposed to get James Ellsworth challenging AJ Styles for the WWE World Championship.

I'll believe it when I see it.

Last week I wrote a retrospective of Ellsworth's recent run in WWE, only to find out during the show that my preview was entirely worthless.

The sentiments there-in still stand, however, and many of you may not have had a chance to read last week's edition, so ...


Why this guy? Why Ellsworth?

There's a simple answer:

He was the first, and he was the best.

Post Brand Split, the WWE brought back the use of jobbers to get their monsters over, and Ellsworth was the first one we saw. But he was also different, with his weird little body and his Offspring logo tattoo and his overall chinlessness. He was the jobbiest jobber that ever jobbed.

And then, before his match with Braun Strowman, when he was interviewed in the ring, he said that "Any man with two hands has a fighting chance."

And part of us wanted to believe him.

And then he got squished like a bug.

As the weeks went by, and Braun squished more bugs, none of them quite measured up to James Ellsworth.

They say you never forget your first.

I wonder if Johnny Knockout (he of the affinity for "big sweaty men") had been first to be squished, would he be in this role now? I honestly don't think so.

And if Ellsworth hadn't been first, but instead been 3rd or 4th or 5th, would he be here now, one win away from becoming world champ?

I honestly don't think so.

It was that perfect combination of First and Best.

And tonight, he has a match for the world title.

And he just might win. Not saying he will, or he should, or that I want him to.

Just saying he's got a (fighting) chance.

It's crazy when you think about it.

How did we get here?

How did we go from this:

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I honestly don't know.

But What A Time To Be Alive.


Again, not saying that he's going to win, or that I think he should, just that it's nearly unbelievable for him to be in this position.

Will he beat AJ Styles and become WWE World Champion?

I'll believe it when I see it.


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