On Tuesday morning, WWE.com officially announced that they have released James Ellsworth with the company and wished him "the best in all of his future endeavors."
Ellsworth had a number of different roles on-screen, first as a Dean Ambrose major fan/follower and eventually as Carmella's partner. Ellsworth was also used for comedic relief but wasn't taken too seriously as an actual wrestler.
Following the news of his release, Ellsworth posted a couple of statements on his Twitter page:
#SDLive will always hold a huge place in my heart, what a great locker room, I'll miss you all, thank you— James Ellsworth (@realellsworth) November 15, 2017
In his final WWE appearance, Ellsworth lost easily to Becky Lynch on last week's episode of SmackDown. Following the match, Carmella attacked Ellsworth and signaled the end of their relationship.
However, Carmella did have this statement to share:
Ellsworth is among the many superstars to be released in the past month. Darren Young, Emma and Summer Rae were released by the company on Oct. 29th, while NXT star Sawyer Fulton and trainer Leo Gao were let go on Nov. 3.
For Ellsworth, his release doesn't come as much of a surprise. It had been speculated for some time that he was on his way out, and WWE doesn't keep guys in such gigs around for very long. Ellsworth didn't win any championships in the WWE and was only a regular on television for the past 14 months.
It was clear that Ellsworth's gig as Carmella's "dog" wasn't getting over with the crowd anymore, and it was time for the WWE to move on. Whether or not he receives an offer from another promotion like Ring of Honor or Impact Wrestling remains to be seen.
As for Carmella, she's become one of the top women's performers in the WWE. It's possible that the conclusion of her relationship with Ellsworth may be a sign that she's about to receive a major push. She's part of Team SmackDown in the 5-on-5 interbrand match against Raw at Survivor Series, so we'll see if that leads to anything.