James Ellsworth.

James Ellsworth reveals the truth behind Vince McMahon's transgender wrestler idea

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James Ellsworth's time in the WWE may now be over, but he will always be remembered by fans for living up to his motto of "any man with two hands has a fighting chance." However, if he wasn't fired, he might have been remembered for something much worse.

After signing his deal with WWE in mid-2016, Ellsworth joined the SmackDown roster and was involved in a storyline with Dean Ambrose and AJ Styles, before aligning himself with Carmella and accompanying her to her matches.

Ellsworth was used more often alongside Carmella, helping her win her matches. This included at Money In the Bank in June when he helped The Princess of Staten Island win the first ever Women's Money in the Bank ladder match, by pushing Becky Lynch off the ladder and dropping the briefcase to Carmella.

This decision by WWE to have Ellsworth essentially win the match for Carmella received huge backlash by the WWE, to a point where Carmella was later stripped from the briefcase, only for her to retrieve it herself during a rematch on the June 27 episode of SmackDown. Nevertheless, the damage had been done.

However, a lot worse could have happened if Ellsworth wasn't released by the WWE in November, as reports stated Vince McMahon wanted Ellsworth to face Charlotte Flair at WrestleMania 34 for the SmackDown Women's Championship. They would make this happen by developing him into a transgender character, giving him a major push heading into WrestleMania.

Thankfully, this didn't happen, but in a recent interview with Rolling Stone, Ellsworth was asked if there was any legitimacy behind the report that Vince wanted him to compete in the women's division as a transgender wrestler.

Ellsworth said: "All I can say is Vince never talked to me about it. If that was an idea, I surely didn't know, and Vince and I never had a conversation about it, so I have no idea. [Laughs] Being in WWE, I can tell you a lot of the dirt sheets is just people guessing.


"I'm not saying that was, but it's people guessing and hoping they're right, and it gives their dirt sheet a reason to pay attention to it I guess."

Thankfully WWE didn't make this happen, as they would have received even more backlash than what they received for making Ellsworth climb the ladder to retrieve the briefcase in the Women's Money in the Bank match.


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