WWE Superstars are reacting to the news of James Ellsworth's release. Ellsworth lost a match to Becky Lynch on last week's episode of SmackDown, and on-screen partner Carmella attacked and ended her relationship with him, thus writing him off TV.
Following his release from the WWE, a number of superstars thanked and shared plenty of love with Ellsworth. It started with this statement from Carmella.
Mike Bennett and Lince Dorado were also among the superstars who thanked Ellsworth.
Thanks for being a great traveling partner! You're an inspiration my friend 🙏🏻 https://t.co/O3iYUGPWWn— Mike Kanellis (@RealMikeBennett) November 15, 2017
Inside and outside the ring @realellsworth is a good guy and great asset to any show. Good luck amigo, you're going to be just fine!— Lince Dorado (@LuchadorLD) November 15, 2017
Dolph Ziggler and Zack Ryder also shared kind statements to Ellsworth.
everyones favorite underdog, quietly & humbly lived his dream on tv, gave others hope, did what was asked, made friends along the way & almost became WORLD CHAMP? Gross! You are what is wrong with pro wrestling @realellsworth— Dolph Ziggler (@HEELZiggler) November 15, 2017
ps I’m taking back MY finisher #Duh
And on his official Facebook page, Mick Foley offered tremendous praise for Ellsworth. Here's what he said, in part (you can read the full statement here).
"The glass half-empty part of me feels bad for James Ellsworth, upon hearing of his release. But when I look at the glass half-full, all I can think is 'WHAT A RUN!' I mean really, WHAT A RUN James Ellsworth had! And something tells me this young man's run is not over by a longshot."
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Though Ellsworth wasn't taken too seriously as a wrestler and was more of a character to provide simple humor, he was a nice underdog story in the WWE during his short tenure. He defeated AJ Styles three times (once by disqualification), and Curt Hawkins twice. Ellsworth really did prove that "any man with two hands has a fighting chance."
WWE has pulled no stops with releasing a number of superstars. Emma, Summer Rae, Darren Young, Leo Gao, and Sawyer Fulton were all released over the last three weeks, and Ellsworth was one of the latest to have his luck run out.
It's possible Ellsworth joins a different promotion, though his not-to-be-taken seriously presentation may keep companies like Impact Wrestling and Ring of Honor away, as both try to build up more talent-filled rosters.
Ellsworth had a nice one-year run in the WWE and provided some great comedic segments for the fans. His friendship with Dean Ambrose was a good storyline, but Ellsworth gig wasn't mean to last long. Considering any man with two hands has a fighting chance, perhaps Ellsworth will land with a new promotion elsewhere.