In a recent conversation with PW Mania, James Ellsworth, affectionately known as "The Chinless Wonder," reminisced about his memorable two-year stint with WWE. The former WWE superstar also opened up about being mentioned by AJ Styles on a Monday Night Raw episode.
It surprised Ellsworth when Styles invoked his name during a heated exchange with Dominick Mysterio. Styles referenced Ellsworth, stating, "No, you're not; you're more like this generation's James Ellsworth." Hearing this, Ellsworth was moved and reached out to Styles.
Despite having left WWE nearly five years ago, Ellsworth has stayed in touch with Styles and other WWE superstars like Sasha Banks, Dana Brooke, and Alexa Bliss. Ellsworth recounted his reaction on TikTok, leading Styles to express his delight at the mention.
Ellsworth: An Unconventional WWE Journey
Ellsworth's WWE journey is unique. Unlike most superstars who go through WWE's developmental system in NXT and the Performance Center, Ellsworth was never part of these programs. Instead, he was unexpectedly thrust into the spotlight after a match with Braun Strowman caught the fans' attention.
Acknowledging this, Ellsworth expressed gratitude for WWE finding a place for him, despite not being in their original plans. Looking back, Ellsworth fondly remembered portraying the James Ellsworth character. He stated, "I'll be 40 years old next year; I loved playing the James Ellsworth character; it was so much fun." With a tinge of nostalgia in his voice, he recounted how he felt like an outsider who was warmly embraced by the WWE universe.
Addressing speculations about a potential WWE return, Ellsworth remained open to the idea. He believes the Ellsworth character has a chance to reappear in WWE for special events like the Royal Rumble or Money in the Bank. He added that he could see himself reprising his role as a manager, much like Bobby 'The Brain' Heenan or Jim Cornette.
Ellsworth concluded, expressing his gratitude for his time in WWE. He said he cherishes the memories and experiences whether or not he returns. He remains committed to his work on the independent circuit and loves his family time.
Yet, should WWE extend an invitation, he'd readily return, proving that in the wrestling world, you truly "never say never."