While watching WWE SmackDown Live this week, I couldn’t help but find myself completely enthralled by the inter-gender match between James Ellsworth and Becky Lynch. It was one of those rare moments that I lost track of all reality, and the programming on the television had my full attention.
One of the first things I noticed was how basic the match was, yet it was very effective. The spots and sequences had the timing of that of a practice match at a pro wrestling school. However, the storytelling masked it well enough that it made sense for the timing to have been executed as such.
Ellsworth, a male, was battling Lynch, a female. Ellsworth didn’t want to cause physical harm to Lynch. So, he held back his offensive moves, causing it to look like they were simply going through the motions. Ellsworth performed with such grace, as did Lynch. By having that story being told, they were able to keep a pace in the match that didn’t look unrealistic.
Ellsworth’s ability to sell in the match was also a pleasing sight for sore eyes. He came off very old school, almost reminding me of when Bobby “The Brain” Heenan would be in the ring. He didn’t steal the show, but had enough hard push on the sell that eyes still gravitated toward him.
Upon watching the match on SmackDown Live this week it made me realize that James Ellsworth has some serious skill. Many online have argued that he shouldn’t have a spot in WWE, or he is a horrible worker. I beg to differ. Ellsworth is a character that knows his craft, does his on-screen role very well, and is willing to bring humiliation to himself when needed. That is the perfect brew for a successful career in the WWE.