OPINION: James Ellsworth Has Skill

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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.

Tommy earned degrees in Liberal Arts, Multimedia, and Communications from MSJC & CSUSB. Experienced in management, marketing, and graphic design. Former journalist at Coyote Chronicle (2016-2017), and On-Air Talent on Coyote Radio.

Former Play by Play Commentator for Jesse Hernandez’s Empire Wrestling Federation (2010-2016). In 2016, Tommy stepped down as the lead play by play commentator for EWF. He joins the broadcast team when needed.

His other duties during his time in professional wrestling include operating various promotion’s websites, playing theme songs at events, running scoreboard technology for Wrestling Cares Association, marketing consulting, and DVD production for many Southern California promotions.

Tommy’s most active role at present time is being a communications consultant at Jesse Hernandez’s School of Hard Knocks. Duties with this role include teaching pro wrestling students the importance of verbal and non-verbal communication in the industry, and coaching with public speaking.