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What James Ellsworth has done this week may have confirmed his shock WWE return

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Money in the Bank is now just three nights away - and fans are looking forward to one of the most exciting pay-per-views of the year. 

Of course, most of the attention surrounds the two ladder matches - and this year there's eight men and women competing in both of the matches.

For the men, four stars from Monday Night Raw and four from SmackDown Live are fighting to bring the briefcase home.

SMACKDOWN VS RAW 

Braun Strowman, Kevin Owens, Bobby Roode and Finn Balor are representing the red brand, while Rusev, The Miz and Samoa Joe compete from the blue brand.

There will also be a member of The New Day representing SmackDown in the match, but exactly who that is hasn't yet been confirmed.

Like in the men's match, there will be eight women fighting for their briefcase. Those are Ember Moon, Charlotte Flair, Alexa Bliss, Becky Lynch, Natalya, Lana, Naomi and Sasha Banks. 

FOLLOWING IN CARMELLA'S FOOTSTEPS

Whoever wins the women's ladder match on Sunday will become the second ever female MITB winner, following Carmella's achievement last year. 

That match in 2017 was one of the most controversial in recent history, with The Queen of Staten Island winning after interference from James Ellsworth.

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As Becky Lynch was climbing the ladder, Carmella's manager tipped it over, before retrieving the briefcase himself and handing it to his client.

Following her success, Carmella and Ellsworth parted ways before the end of 2017 - she's now the SmackDown Women's Champion - while Ellsworth has since been released.   

MAKING A RETURN? 

After leaving WWE, Ellsworth returned to the indy circuit and he's been challenging for various titles with various promotions ever since. 

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He was scheduled to appear in China this weekend, with Middle Kingdom Wrestling - but his latest actions may confirm that he's going to make a shock return to WWE.

CANCELLING HIS APPEARANCE

MKW released a statement on Thursday afternoon confirming that Ellsworth has pulled out of their event in China. 

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The statement makes it clear that Ellsworth has, at short notice, decided against travelling to Asia - which further fuels the rumours that suggest he's close to agreeing a return to WWE.

And surely, if it's true, there would be no better time for him to make a return than at Money in the Bank, where last year he played a huge part in the outcome of the PPV. 

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