James Ellsworth has thanked WWE and the fans on Twitter following his release along with a couple of other stars he shared a locker room with.
WWE has broken it's usual trend of releasing Superstars shortly after WrestleMania season over the past few weeks. The normal spring cleaning has been moved up to the fall and a number of performers have been shown the door. Emma was first, then was closely followed by Summer Rae and Darren Young, and then a number of NXT talents were released.
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The latest Superstar to get the axe was James Ellsworth. WWE announced via their website on Wednesday that the SmackDown Live Superstar was being released. Ellsworth's run with the company lasted a little less than a year-and-a-half and was triggered by a match he had as an enhancement talent against Braun Strowman following last year's draft.
Although Ellsworth's WWE run has been a pretty short one in the grand scheme of things, there's no denying that he has been given the opportunity to live out a dream that very few are afforded. Ellsworth has made it very clear he too realizes that with his post on social media. His first tweet thanked WWE for letting him live out his dream, the fans for their support, and signed off with saying that he will continue to keep proving himself.
Various peers of Ellsworth's have tweeted good bye and good luck to the now former WWE Superstar. 205 Live's Lince Dorado and also Mike Kanellis praised Ellsworth on Twitter referring to him as a great asset and an inspiration, respectively. Ellsworth has also had to tweet out when exactly he will be available for independent bookings. Clearly he has been inundated with offers but is subject to the normal 90-day non compete clause that most WWE employees are bound by, citing that he can't be booked until February 12th.
Thank you to the numerous people inquiring to book me, I can start taking bookings February 12th, email me at email@example.com— James Ellsworth (@realellsworth) November 16, 2017
The relationship between James Ellsworth and WWE is something of a fairy tale. A relative nobody who managed to get over with the fans by getting beaten to a pulp by Braun Strowman. That led to WWE Championship matches against A.J. Styles and an extended run alongside Carmella to round things off. He may have been released by WWE but his time there will keep him famous and booked for years to come.