Welcome to the Weekly
Featuring an Examination of
Where We Are After TLC
and a brief preview of tonight's episode.
Sunday night, at TLC in Dallas, James Ellsworth, seeing that AJ Styles had the match won, walked down to ringside, past a fallen and mostly broken Dean Ambrose. AJ Styles attacked him, and was about to Styles Clash him off the ring steps again, only to have Dean Ambrose attack Styles and save Ellsworth. Dean then was able to deposit AJ on the outside, giving him a clear path to victory.
Then this happened:
AJ Styles climbed the ladder, retrieved the belt and retained his championship.
On Talking Smack, James Ellsworth laid out his logic and his reasons.
You see, he believes that since he's 3-0 against AJ Styles, he's got AJ's number, and he can beat him again, and this time, he'll become world champion.
Daniel Bryan tries to talk some sense into him, as does Renee Young, but to no avail.
The man is delusional Not only does he think that he can beat AJ without the dirty cheating help of Ambrose, he believes Dean Ambrose will forgive him for costing him a sure World Title Reign.
"He'd do the same for me," Ellsworth said, so crazy he could barely string together a coherent sentence.
He's a polarizing figure, this no-chinned musician, as reviled by some as he is adored by the multitudes.
But 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:
HOW DOES SOMETHING LIKE THIS HAPPEN?
I honestly don't know.
But What A Time To Be Alive.
AND NOW FOR A PREVIEW OF TONIGHT'S SMACKDOWN:
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