Nobody can really understand what it is about James Ellsworth that makes the WWE fans love him.
He doesn’t have a traditional look that someone like Vince McMahon loves, he doesn’t have a great character or gimmick that will go down in history as one of the best, and he’s not exactly the great in-ring competitor compared to the top tier athletes.
Regardless of that, Ellsworth is now a full-time WWE superstar and has three victories over current WWE World Champion, AJ Styles, as well as a future championship match.
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His rise to prominence is nothing short of remarkable and continues to show how the company is changing, and obviously, the brand split plays a big part of that.
Although most fans will know that Ellsworth has had a lengthy career as an independent star, the story they’re going with is that he’s like any other fan, who took the most of his one opportunity.
That’s the statement Dean Ambrose echoed when he appeared alongside Ellsworth on ESPN’s Off the Top Rope, explaining that he resonates with the audience as they imagine what it’s like to perform under the bright lights, and they live vicariously through Ellsworth.
He told Jonathan Coachman: “Well, a lot of people watch WWE SmackDown or Monday Night Raw, and they envision themselves in the ring as a normal person in the ring.
"And they imagine what would be like to stand there under the lights on the big stage and just feel all that electricity and what that would be like.
“And they dream of being able to do that one day. This man literally came off his couch and did that one day, and he nearly got killed.
“And then, he came back, and did it again and nearly got killed again. And then, he nearly got killed again.
“Somehow, he’s still standing here today, and I think everybody could picture themselves in the ring as James Ellsworth.”
Ellsworth was fortunate enough to appear at a legendary pay-per-view like Survivor Series, and helped get Braun Strowman eliminated from the match – someone who many thought would lead Team Raw to victory.
Ambrose added: “James has been able to experience a little bit of that, being in the ring, being ringside for a big match like that.
“And he was ready for Sunday because a few days prior, he was in the ring with the whole Team SmackDown and The Undertaker made his entrance, which is very intimidating, crazy thing to be a part of.”
While WWE fans may not want to have the look of Ellsworth if they ever became WWE stars, they’d certainly love to be in his shoes and share a ring with the likes of The Undertaker and AJ Styles.
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