Remember the physically challenged boy wonder that pinned Vince McMahon back in 2003? His name was Zack Gowen. He managed to impress the audience with his athletic skills and just when we thought a WWE contract was headed his way, WWE pushed him around and he was shoved into oblivion.
We are witnessing the almost same scenario currently, with James Ellsworth. For those of you who do not know who James Ellsworth is, he is the first jobber to have his name announced, in his debut match against Braun Strowman, in pretty much a very short squash match.
Ever since Ellsworth made the transition to SmackDown Live, his career graph has sky rocketed. He is the only superstar on SmackDown Live roster to have defeated AJ Styles clean. That would be the selling point of his resume. Added to that, it was announced this past week on SmackDown Live that he would be the official mascot for the SmackDown men’s traditional Survivor Series match.
While one may feel happy about Ellsworth being finally able to reach his dream of being a superstar on the WWE roster, not many are pleased with Ellsworth.
A section of the wrestling community, including WWE Hall of Famer Booker T called for Ellsworth to be sent back to the minor leagues and the Indies. He added that he felt that the character was getting old and that he had a good run with the company. We drew a comparison between Hornswoggle and Ellsworth.
Although Hornswoggle did stick around for almost 6-7 years with the company, I do not see Ellsworth sticking around for that long, but expect him to be around for the foreseeable future.
WWE has the tendency to overdo a certain angle. The ‘under-dog’ character was used for Rey Mysterio and Daniel Bryan. Although they exceeded expectations, the same cannot be said about Ellsworth. Rumor has it that Ellsworth may make an appearance at the Royal Rumble and that he may eventually be handed a short term contract with the SmackDown Live brand, based on how well he is received by the universe in the coming days.