It’s probably the last thing fans would have expected, but it seems as if James Ellsworth may have actually been signed to a full-time WWE contract.
Since appearing as a jobber and being destroyed by Braun Strowman, it looked like the WWE Universe warmed to him since he delivered the line that "any man with two hands has a fighting chance."
While many would have expected him to go on his way following his one-off appearance, he’s proven to be one of the highlights on SmackDown Live in the last couple of months.
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There was a lot of speculation surrounding his future in the WWE, but judging by his latest Facebook post, he may no longer be an independent talent and could be contracted to the WWE on a full-time basis.
He posted: “Hey everyone, I’ve been getting a lot of messages requesting to be booked, I wanted to say thank you, but at this time I am no longer taking any more independent wrestling bookings.
“I will be appearing tomorrow for big time wrestling in Altoona Pa, and that’ll be it, for now, thank you for all the love and support.”
NO MORE BOOKINGS
Usually, when independent stars no longer take any more bookings, it means they’ve signed a contract.
We saw that most recently with Johnny Gargano and Tommaso Ciampa, who fulfilled their final obligations before joining NXT, and numerous Cruiserweight Classic competitors are in a similar situation, such as Gran Metalik.
While Ellsworth doesn’t add a lot of serious value on paper, he does bring a lot of innocent, comedic value as we’ve seen in his interactions with Dean Ambrose and it's something the fans get behind.
It’s clear the WWE want him to stick around, even if they may not have huge plans for him.
He’s someone that has two victories over current WWE World Champion, AJ Styles; he's going to be appearing at Survivor Series, even if it isn't in an in-ring role, and has even sold a lot of merchandise with the one shirt that’s available for him.
It turns out SmackDown Live could well be the land of opportunity out of the two brands.
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