Former WWE Superstar James Ellsworth has revealed that Vince McMahon was so happy with his first performance that he told him afterwards that he “needed” to hire him.
James Ellsworth had been working on the independent wrestling scene for well over a decade when he was finally able to make his first in-ring appearance for WWE. During the July 25th, 2016 edition of Raw, he took part in a match against Braun Strowman.
The ‘Monster Among Men’ made quick work of the much smaller man, but afterwards, Ellsworth discovered he had caught the attention of none other than Vince McMahon.
Speaking on the ‘Cheap Heat Productions’ podcast, Ellsworth recalled that McMahon approached after the match and offered praise before telling him he needed to hire him, and would be in touch.
“Vince McMahon after the match was like, ‘You did a great job.’ He said, ‘I need to hire you.’ I thought he was kidding. I was like, ‘Thanks.’ He goes, ‘I’ll be in touch.’
True to his word, McMahon got in touch with Ellsworth a few weeks later and offered him a contract.
‘Huh?!’ Six weeks later, he got in touch with me and they brought me back and he gave me the contract. It was mind-boggling – that’s everybody’s dream.”
James Ellsworth remained with WWE until 2018, and during his two years in the company was involved in storylines with top stars including AJ Styles and Dean Ambrose. However, he is best remembered for the partnership he formed with Carmella, most controversially assisting her in winning the first-ever Women’s Money In The Bank Ladder Match by pushing Becky Lynch off the ladder and retrieving the briefcase himself before handing it to ‘The Staten Island Princess’.
His last appearance for the company came on the July 24th, 2018 edition of SmackDown where he insulted the General Manager at the time, Paige, who promptly fired him.
H/T to Sportskeeda Wrestling for the above transcription.