WWE News: James Ellsworth on how the WWE Universe changed his career forever
What's the story?
Earlier this week the WWE announced that they came to terms on the release of James Ellsworth. On Thursday morning, Ellsworth would make a lengthy post on Facebook talking about how the WWE Universe turned a one-time appearance into over a year-long stay with the company.
In case you didn't know...
Ellsworth started his professional wrestling career in 2002 under the moniker "Pretty" Jimmy Dream. Most notably he'd wrestle for Combat Zone Wrestling including tagging with current WWE Cruiserweight Drew Gulak.
The heart of the matter...
Take a look at Ellsworth's Facebook post below:
When I wrestled Braun Strowman the match didn't last 2 minutes, and with that neither was my WWE career suppose to. Thanks to fans all over the world, in those nearly 2 minutes I lasted a year and a half a WWE, I'll never forget what wrestling fans did for me, I can't wait to meet fans all over the world, we aren't done yet, we are just getting started showing the world that #AnyManWithTwoHandsHasAFightingChance
It was the July 25th edition of Monday Night Raw in 2016 when Ellsworth had the tough task of facing "The Monster Among Men Braun Strowman". During this time when Strowman was running through enhancement talent left and right, that talent would get a pre-match interview.
During Ellsworth's interview he said that "any man with two hands has a fighting chance" and that phrase will strike a chord with the WWE Universe along with his unique look. The cult following would lead Ellsworth back into the WWE a couple of months later on SmackDown Live as the mystery tag team partner of AJ Styles.
The fans were so thrilled that Ellsworth made another appearance in the WWE that it got the attention of management and led to even more apperances. In November of 2016, the WWE signed Ellsworth to a full-time contract.
Ellsworth announced on Twitter Wednesday that he will be able to start taking bookings with other companies starting on February 12th. Stay tuned to Sportskeeda for news on the next steps for Ellsworth's career.
I love seeing how gracious Ellsworth was for the past 18 months with the WWE. The fans played a tremendous part in getting the ball rolling, and Ellsworth took it from there.
He was always entertaining to me and the feeling is bittersweet hearing of his release. It's sad because I'll miss him on WWE television, but it's good news because he will not have any trouble finding work going forward.