The New Era of WWE kicked off on Monday Night Raw (25/7) and despite all the cynicism amongst hardcore fans – it feels like real change. A new Logo. New opening sequence. A new format. The announcement of a new championship. A new Women’s Champion as well as Finn Balor’s Raw debut… And James “Two Hands” Ellsworth.
When the 385lb Wyatt Family reject, Braun Strowman makes his way to the ring towards an unknown wrestler already in the ring – we know we are not about to see a competitive match. Especially when the guy in the ring being interview by Byron Saxton looks like Jim Norton without any lower jaw.
Before the action kicked off Saxton introduced James Ellsworth who looked visibly terrified but still hopeful he could pull off the upset, “any man with two hands has a fighting chance.” I enjoyed his plucky promo very much as I tried to distinguish where his neck ended and his chin began.
Strowman is not a regular sized man – even by WWE standards and proceeded to throw Ellsworth round the ring like a lawn dart. A tough job but someone’s got to do it. You can’t help but admire a man who is willing to take a boot to the body from a man that must outweighs him by 200 lbs. A boot print that reaches from Ellsworth’s belly button all the way to his missing chin.
Tough Job James Ellsworth needs to be on Raw every week. I want to see him next week in a neck brace taking on Luke Harper declaring to the world: I can do it, with these two hands I can achieve the upset.
The week after that he’d hobble down the ramp on crouches looking for a big win over Big Show hoping that would leap him into title contention. Finally after 30 weeks of this punchy little loser being destroyed week after week he could finally go over, pinning Roman Reigns. I’m not a bad guy. I’m not a good guy. I’m just a guy with two hands.