It is more often than not the case that wrestling fans would reach the point where they have seen too much of one superstar, that they would start asking questions like “Why is X used and not Y?” or “When would Z finally leave the picture?”. This begs another question, is it really the case that we want to see a different person wrestle each week, or do we just want better booking? We shall try and answer this complex question below.
When thinking about a wrestler clearly overstaying their welcome, a lot of examples come to mind. In recent memory, we could take the case of James Ellsworth to illustrate this point. Ellsworth began as nothing more than a jobber in the WWE, best remembered for his fabled quote: “Any man with two hands has a fighting chance”, before being squashed by Braun Strowman, presumably never to be seen again. Surprisingly, Ellsworth made a return to the WWE after the draft, to the joy and happiness of the Smackdown viewers. However, this joy was soon to be transformed into frustration, as Ellsworth was booked in a series of joke matches with the WWE champion at the time, AJ Styles, even managing to pin the superstar in one of their matches! This transformed what could have been an amazing championship run for Styles into a lame program with Dean Ambrose and Ellsworth, that ended in him getting pinned by John Cena, who tied with Ric Flair for the most times as world champion.
This wasn’t the end of Ellsworth as he moved on to become Carmella’s valet, winning the first ever Women’s Money in the Bank Ladder Match for her, to the further annoyance of the fans. Nowadays, he is acting as Carmella’s pet, complete with a collar and everything. Having taken into account all of this, could we really say that it was Ellsworth’s fault? On the contrary, it was a simple case of bad booking. Bad booking that is a recurrent theme in today’s WWE, with Randy Orton being stuck in a face storyline that does not suit him at all, or the latest Fashion Files, which have become less funny as the weeks progress. Even the champion that everybody loves to hate, Jinder Mahal, suffers from the same problem, being booked in endless matches with Randy Orton, and then Shinsuke Nakamura, making his run stale and unimportant.
All in all, is there a case of oversaturation in wrestling? Not if we look at individuals, who are simply suffering from bad booking. What is oversaturated is the multitude of shows and companies that we can choose from, with the WWE alone having four shows every week, coupled with the bi-weekly Pay-Per-Views. Perhaps if people didn’t have so much wrestling to keep up with, oversaturation won’t be a problem. Heck, maybe even the booking would be better!