It was a good run.
James Ellsworth entered WWE as fodder for Braun Strowman’s push back when The Monster Among Men was still seen mostly as an internet joke and not a fan favorite. He went on to spend a considerable amount of time in the WWE title picture, and then became a staple of the SmackDown Women’s championship scene... including a VERY controversial role in the first ever women’s Money in the Bank ladder match.
After splitting with his friend-who-is-a-girl/mistress Carmella, he spent the European tour getting his ass kicked in a variety of ways by the ladies of the blue brand. And that was apparently all creative had for the Maryland native.
“WWE has come to terms on the release of WWE Superstar James Ellsworth. WWE wishes Ellsworth the best in all of his future endeavors.”
Ellsworth’s full-time contract with the company was announced last November, so it’s possible this was only ever going to be a year-long partnership. No matter why it’s ending now, he’s a much bigger star than he was before he showed up to deliver his “any man with two hands has a fighting chance” promo, and should have no trouble making a living on the indies from here on out.
Thanks for the memories, Big Hog.