Love him or hate him, there’s no denying that James Ellsworth has provided plenty of comedic relief since joining the WWE last year. But if you’re not a fan of his not-to-be-taken-seriously gig, then there’s some good news for you.
Dave Meltzer of Wrestling Observer Radio (subscription required), discussed that this week’s episode of SmackDown could have been the end for Ellsworth.
For those of you that missed it, Ellsworth faced Becky Lynch in a match — where she absolutely dominated and defeated him with ease. Carmella— Ellsworth’s on-screen partner—then delivered a superkick to signal she was done with him. That could have also been the last time we see Ellsworth on television.
Last year, Ellsworth announced that he had signed a contract with the WWE. This came shortly after Ellsworth became pals with Dean Ambrose, where the two would work together in taking down AJ Styles—the WWE Champion.
But Ellsworth (as noted above), wasn’t to be taken seriously as an actual wrestler. With his shy persona and funny personality, Ellsworth has been used more to provide good humor more than anything else. In the early parts of his WWE career, Ellsworth did get good reactions from the crowd, so the gig and storyline was working out.
If Meltzer’s report is true, however, then it seems as though the creative team decided to pull the plug on the Ellsworth storyline. In today’s PG Era, it’s hard for characters like Ellsworth to work long-term without reinventing themselves.
Plus, SmackDown is building up plenty of talent with Kevin Owens, Sami Zayn, Shinsuke Nakamura, AJ Styles, Jinder Mahal, Becky Lynch and Carmella. At this point, they don’t really need Ellsworth.
If Ellsworth really is done in the WWE, then he’ll join Darren Young, Summer Rae, and Emma on the list of superstars no longer with the company.
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