James Ellsworth has been released by WWE, and the pro-wrestling promotion had the heart to refer to him as a “Superstar” in a statement to the media.
“WWE has come to terms on the release of WWE Superstar James Ellsworth,” Vince McMahon’s company said on Wednesday. “WWE wishes Ellsworth the best in all of his future endeavors.”
Ellsworth’s release comes days after the company cut ties with Emma, Summer Rae and Darren Young.
Clearly, Ellsworth was not exactly high up in WWE’s power (or powerful) rankings. Originally brought in as a jobber — the commonly used slang for a local “talent enhancement” wrestler whose sole one-night-only job is to make his or her opponent look strong — Ellsworth earned a contract after cutting a memorable promo before being decimated by Braun Strowman. Watch that interview and the quickie match that followed via the video above.
The diminutive and “chinless” Ellsworth — who was definitely in on the joke — soon became a fan favorite, and was later mentored by Dean Ambrose. Thanks to constant interference and some unfair circumstances, Ellsworth actually earned a few cheap-o wins over current WWE Champion A.J. Styles. Ellsworth rode out the rest of his deal as Carmella’s valet, helping her win the “Money in the Bank” briefcase in late June.
Recently, the indie wrestling veteran was (wo)man-handled by Becky Lynch, the “Irish Lass-Kicker” who will serve as Team “SmackDown Live’s” captain Sunday at pay-per-view “Survivor Series.”
Here’s Lynch vs. Ellsworth:
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