James Ellsworth had been teasing that he was about to take another big step in his career, and that step was revealed to be signing for Impact on Sunday night.
Even though it has been more than two years since he made his initial WWE debut, James Ellsworth must still have to pinch himself sometimes. Ellsworth debuted in WWE as an enhancement talent and was fed to Braun Strowman on Raw. His performance and promo won over the fans, and even impressed Vince McMahon. That's why a couple of months later he was signed to a permanent WWE contract.
Even though Ellsworth is no longer a WWE Superstar, his wrestling career has skyrocketed off of his time there. He was an independent wrestler before, but now he is sought after by pretty much any and all promotions. Ellsworth has even challenged for the NWA Worlds Heavyweight Championship and wrestled alongside former WCW Champion, David Arquette.
All of that, and arguably the biggest non-WWE moment of Ellsworth's career took place this past Sunday. The World Intergender Champion had been teasing that something big was coming and that something happened at Bound For Glory. As had been announced before the show, Eli Drake made an open challenge. Most were expecting Chris Jericho, but instead, they got Ellsworth.
It's Ellsworth's first appearance for Impact, and he has presumably signed a contract with the promotion. Despite being from Baltimore, Ellsworth wormed his way into a match where the challenger was supposed to be from New York. He claimed he qualified since he once dated a girl from Staten Island. A hat tip to his good friend Carmella perhaps. Drake made short work of Ellsworth, reversing the latter's attempt at a Styles Clash into a Gravy Train.
Despite all of the rumors, there was no sign of the aforementioned Jericho. A lot went down at Bound For Glory, though. The most noteworthy occurrence was Johnny Impact defeating Austin Aries for the Impact World Title. Things had gotten extremely heated between the two over the last week or so. Aries kept up that facade, if it is a facade at all, after the match, keeping fans guessing as to what's real and what isn't between the two.