The latest phenomenon in the WWE is James Ellsworth; he’s gone from being fed to Braun Strowman on Monday Night Raw to coming seconds away from dethroning AJ Styles as the WWE Champion on SmackDown LIVE.
His popularity on the blue brand has gone through the roof, and you have to give the writers credit for making him feel important, despite being brought in for comedic purposes to further the feud between Styles and Dean Ambrose.
NO CHIN MUSIC
He went from a regular enhancement talent that has been around the independent circuit for around 15 years, to receiving his very own t-shirt, titan-tron video and theme music.
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Although his No Chin Music almost put Styles away earlier this week, there’s a chance Ellsworth wouldn’t have been competing anywhere right now.
Last week, when Styles lost to Ellsworth, courtesy of special referee Ambrose, fans went into a frenzy when they noticed something dangerous about a Styles Clash that was being delivered by The Phenomenal One.
The common mistake made by competitors is that they instinctively tuck in their chins, which results in a broken neck once they land on it.
As you can see in the video below, Ellsworth made the same mistake but managed to avoid a freak injury, thanks to some quick thinking from Styles, and it looked equally as impressive.
Speaking to Eric Bischoff on the Bischoff on Wrestling podcast, Ellsworth praised the champion, saying: “I got it back at the last second. He took care of me too. In practice, everything was fine and all that. It’s just that instinct thing for a wrestler to, “tuck your chin.”
“That’s the one move you don’t do it on. I felt so bad about it afterwards. They were all cool about it and everything because it looked good on TV.
“It looked like he killed me. It’s not like it looked bad or anything. It was just that instinct of, “tuck your chin.” I’ve been told to do it for fourteen years, and that’s all it was.
“I was ok. It was fine. I didn’t get hurt obviously, and AJ is, like I said earlier in my humble opinion, is the best in the world. He knows how to adjust to things and everything was ok afterwards.”
Even though they practiced the move beforehand, it just goes to show that when you’re live and in the moment, the instinct does take over, and he could have paid the price for it and his fairy tale journey could have come to a horrible end.
While Ellsworth made the minor mistake, it just goes to show why people still call Styles the greatest wrestler on the planet today, backed up by the guy who could have been seriously injured by him.
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