Former WWE Superstar, James Ellsworth, has opened up about the original plans that WWE nixed that would have seen him re-debut in a completely different storyline.
On July 25, 2016, James Ellsworth made his WWE debut as a mere jobber in a loss to Braun Strowman. Initially brought in to serve as enhancement talent, the star managed to get himself over with the audience thanks to his unique look and body which represented the every day punter.
However, soon after his original one-and-done appearance, the talent was brought back to WWE at the bequest of the audience and was unveiled as the mystery opponent of AJ Styles on the company’s blue brand.
The tale served as a chapter in the WWE Championship war between ‘The Phenomenal One’ and Dean Ambrose, who served as Special Guest Referee on the night in question. Shocking the world with the help of the officially, Ellsworth defeated Styles and this earned himself a WWE Championship Match the following week which he again won via disqualification.
However, according to Ellsworth the star who sat down with Chris Van Vliet, his re-debut following the loss to Strowman was meant to be completely different with him facing Heath Slater at SummerSlam. The winner, as James tells, was going to get a guaranteed WWE contract:
“They were doing this thing where Heath Slater didn’t get drafted by RAW or SmackDown. So, the major idea that never happened was, originally, I was going to wrestle Heath Slater at SummerSlam and the winner gets a SmackDown contract. I was going to win! That was the original idea to bring me in. Then, Heath started getting over as a babyface doing that.
So, they’re like, ‘Ah, you’re both babyfaces. We can’t do that.’ I got bummed out because I only had the Braun Strowman match.”
Ellsworth need not have worried. The fan reaction to his multiple victories over then WWE Champion AJ Styles were enough for the company to invest in him and in 2017 the star was given another storyline where he served as the lackey to Carmella.
Though playing second fiddle to ‘The Staten Island Princess’, Ellsworth was a major player in the tale and aided the star in winning the inaugural Women’s Money in the Bank Ladder Match as well as taking centre stage in a feud with Asuka.
Credit for the interview: The Chris Van Vliet Show
h.t for the transcription: Wrestling Inc.