The Money in the Bank event is one of the more exciting shows that takes place each year, leaving fans on the edge of their seats just like the Royal Rumble pay-per-view.
The major difference is that fans are eager to see returns and debuts in January, while Money in the Bank launches two stars into superstardom by all but guaranteeing them a run as the world champion.
However, this year, there had been rumoured that a return could be taking place - a name not many would have guessed.
Last year, James Ellsworth stole all the headlines for Money in the Bank, for all of the wrong reasons.
He decided to climb the ladder himself in the inaugural women's ladder match, unhooking the briefcase and handing Carmella the victory. Although the match was booked again on an episode of SmackDown LIVE with the now-SmackDown Women's Champion still picking up the win, the fans weren't pleased.
In the midst of a women's revolution, fans were understandably annoyed that WWE booked a male to make history instead. Shortly after, his dream was shattered after he was released from his contract, despite Ellsworth claiming the company had some plans lined up for him.
Earlier this week, PW Insider revealed that Ellsworth has agreed to make a comeback at the same event. As expected, fans were assuming that he could either get involved in the ladder match again or help Carmella get past the dangerous Asuka; the more likely option.
Ellsworth has shot down those claims, though, as he's revealed that he's going to be in China at a different event defending his Transgender Championship title. As we know, we can only take that with a grain of salt as stars often get out of appearances and don't want to spoil any plans.
Now, Ringside News has exclusively revealed why Ellsworth is still unsure about re-signing with WWE and returning at Money in the Bank.
According to the source, Ellsworth has balked at the idea of appearing at Money in the Bank in Chicago because his booking in China offers a large payday. They added that while he could still bail on the show, the money he’s receiving for the show means it’s highly unlikely that he’ll skip the event in Far East Asia.
With Chicago around 13 hours ahead of China, time could be against Ellsworth if he tries to make the brave move and appear on both shows, although, it isn’t impossible.
Although Carmella is on top of the world right now, it's evident that having Ellsworth hover around her as the annoying chinless, cowardly heel added some value and more appeal to her character.
If Ellsworth does decide against appearing at Money in the Bank, it will be interesting to see whether or not WWE plans on calling him back in the future. For an independent star, though, nobody can blame Ellsworth for being hesitant when a lot of money is on the line.
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