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Report: WWE Interested in Signing James Ellsworth

According to a report from PWInsider, WWE higher-ups have been pushing for a full-time James Ellsworth signing after seeing his merchandise skyrocket ahead of other top stars online. With rumors also circulating that Ellsworth could possibly get a spot in the 2017 Royal Rumble as well, Ellsworth could soon find his way out of ‘jobber’ status and brought on as a member of the main roster soon enough.


  • PJ

    Even if u could provide examples im still not believing the fans wanted X PAC to really go away because he was a great performer

  • MrDr3w

    And even on nights where he wasn’t on the card, they would STILL chant “X-Pac Sucks” in the arena.

  • MrDr3w

    Like I said, I was never a fan, so I didn’t bother. The point I was trying to make before you deflected and turned this back on me was that, your image and your story are everything in WCW, WWF, ECW, WWE, NJPW, AAA, and basically all other SPORTS ENTERTAINMENT promotions. To ME, Savage was more about his image and look and mic work, which is pretty much the stereotypical WWE “top guy” formula. If you have those three things down, you’re golden, which is why people latched on to him. He embraced his character that he was given, and the fans loved him for that. I just never liked him. No clue why.

    Butttttttttt back to my original point… Ellsworth may not have the look or demeanor that YOU like in a WWE superstar, but the guy is playing a character, and it all fits perfectly, and the fans appreciate that.

  • PJ

    Bs.when he was face they loved him when he was heel they didn’t.job well done.he always put on great matches too either way,

  • PJ

    Oh and he put on great matches in WcW too so that’s no excuse

  • PJ

    Who cares when u started watching,I’m only 22 and just like me u can do your research if u wanna call yourself a wrestling fan and make those kinda stupid statements

  • MrDr3w

    Yeah, they do NOW. When he was wrestling in the Attitude Era, it was a different story.

  • MrDr3w

    Bigger WWF* fan

  • MrDr3w

    I was never a fan of his. Maybe if I grew up in the 80’s, and got to watch him in the WWF. I only got into wrestling in the mid- to late-90’s, when he jumped to WCW, but I was a bigger WCW fan, so I didn’t really get to see him much on there either.

    Forgive me for crapping on a guy, just because I never GOT his character. It’s kinda like what everyone here in the comments section is doing with Ellsworth now, saying he’s a joke, just because they don’t like his image or portrayal.

  • MrDr3w

    Where did I compare him to John Cena? This guy just entered the company and got his first shirt. He’s nowhere NEAR Cena’s level. I was using Cena as an example to show that merch sales matter a great deal in the WWE.

  • PJ

    Fans love X PAC tho

  • PJ

    Whoa…what?did u just say Savage was sub par in the ring?..u need to be banned from further commenting

  • PJ

    right!!!?i didn’t like it when they did it with Daniel Bryan and I still don’t.

  • Dustin

    No, it seems a few others people understood what I was talking about, so I can’t help you if you can’t.

    Again, you’re legitimizing James Ellsworth, a limited jobber, as a talent, based off of merchandise sales and somehow comparing him to John Cena. Don’t know what to say here.

  • D2K

    *record scratch sound effect*

    Excuse me. Did you just say that Randy “Macho Man” Savage was sub-par in the ring? In what world did THAT happen?

  • MrDr3w

    Hogan and Savage were both subpar in the ring as well. I was just singling out Warrior, because he was absolutely horrendous and borderline dangerous. But he was a psychopath on the mic and people bought his merch, so that’s how he became a bonafide legend. It’s ALL about merch sales. That’s why Cena is, and always will be, THE top guy.

    The fact that I may have missed your point (although I don’t think that I did) says nothing negative about me. You’re the one who was unable to effectively convey your message, after all. 🙂

  • Corbin

    Its the Gillberg of the PG Era

  • Dustin

    Lol I figured you’d point out Warrior, but nobody else. This is a ridiculous back and forth where you’re actually trying to legitimatize James F–king Ellsworth, a jobber.

    DX, Mankind, Kane…you’re uhh…kind of helping my point here or missing it completely. Nice try.

  • MrDr3w

    It’s about rising to the occasion, IN SPITE OF crappy writing. Yeah, sometimes you could be a solid wrestler (like Roman Reigns), but if you can’t connect with the fans, you’re screwed forever. Yeah, you may still have a job because Vince likes you, but people will boo you and heckle you wherever you go (see “X-Pac heat”). It’s about embracing your character, no matter how silly or stupid. Doink the Clown did it. Disco Inferno did it. Fandango did it. Cody Rhodes did it with Stardust. Saying that it’s the writing that determines whether you get over or not is just an excuse.

  • Mister Who

    Sometimes it’s about writing, and it’s Vince’s fault at times

  • MrDr3w

    In what world was the Ultimate Warrior ever a FANTASTIC wrestler? I’m naming people whose characters were built off of their gimmick and merch sales, not their mediocre in-ring work. You can’t be referring to the same Attitude Era where DX came out with tshirt guns and shot tshirts into the crowd. Surely you’re not talking about the same Attitude Era with live crowds that were flooded with Mankind and Kane masks. Definitely not.

  • Dustin

    Never said merchandise was a bad thing. You’re naming people who were fantastic wrestlers, had great gimmicks, and didn’t rely on a one-joke underdog premise. Merchandise went hand in hand with those qualities, so it wasn’t a deterrent, a distraction or a compensation. I’m referring to the current state of wrestling (has been a trend for about 7-8 years) where the focus has been merchandise over the talent, writing, direction, etc. and some concept WWE has created of a rah-rah giddiness of a sample of the fan base ala the “WWE Universe,” a sample that is completely different from their Attitude Era counterpart that actually got them to where they are now. They pat themselves on the back by hijacking the underdog shtick. I had no problem with Daniel Bryan succeeding because he was actually talented and got over with that schtick, and rightfully so. But it’s been dragged out and overused, be it that “yes” chant done everywhere possible or Ellsworth, who’s not even aesthetically impressive or pleasing. I don’t mind seeing Ellsworth in doses, but he should be used sparingly. In fact, he might even be more effective as a heel’s lackey. But that obviously won’t happen now because wrestlers that have high merchandise sales are essentially strictly babyface.

  • Robert

    I’m seeing Santino 2.0 not a good thing or a bad thing. Wwe needs these gimmicks and will always use them. As long as he never holds the universal or world title then I couldn’t care less.

  • MrDr3w

    Well, like him or not, Daniel Bryan was one of the greatest WWE superstars of all time, because he was the underdog. The ones who “look bad” do it to themselves, by having no charisma. It’s not all about the writing. The talent, regardless of their packaging, has to make that character come alive. That’s why Roman Reigns doesn’t get over. That’s why Mark Henry (The World’s Strongest Crybaby) isn’t over anymore. At least Ellsworth has a strong following, having wrestled for other promotions first. Daniel Bryan made his name in ROH, and was immediately buried when he came to the WWE. So these are actually completely different situations. Ellsworth is being portrayed as a loveable loser. Bryan was just simply portrayed as a loser.

  • Mister Who

    I’m here because I’m having a de ja vu frustration of seeing another Daniel Bryan, and I don’t want this type of mentality to be shoved in our throats, and making other wrestlers look bad, it can’t be good if it revolves one person only, totally unfair to the others

  • MrDr3w

    Hulkamania shirts, Bret Hart sunglasses, Macho Man costumes, Ultimate Warrior armbands, etc.. They’ve been doing it for a lot longer than 7-8 years, bud. Personally, if I were Vince, I would put the Universe over all, instead of trying to pander to the fickle “fans” of the IWC, who, no matter what happens, will always find SOMETHING about the product that they tune in to watch religiously every single week, to complain about.

  • ROB-1.

    They will use him for awhile and then show him the door.

  • MrDr3w

    Think about all the legends/Hall of Famers of the past. You’ve got The Undertaker, Hulk Hogan, Macho Man, The Rock, Mick Foley, Ric Flair, Sting, etc.. WWE has, and always will be about the character and story first, and the wrestling second. Newsflash: It’s sports ENTERTAINMENT, not “who can fake wrestle the hardest, break their neck, and be forced to retire first.” I’m sorry if you hate the WWE’s product so much. That being said, why are you here again?

  • Khosrow

    His mercy was ahead of others last week bc it was just released Tuesday. Let’s see where it is at in two months.

  • Mister Who

    That’s exactly right, I’d rather give other wrestlers a chance and I don’t give a crap if the fans say something like, oh they have no character or charisma, fans are so jaded, hypocritical and impatient at times, they don’t know what they want and I said this several times

  • Dustin

    Agreed. I can’t STAND the constant “this is awesome” and “yes” chants. Corny, corny, corny. WWE has done nothing but drag this out for the past 7-8 years with this merchandise/Universe-over-everything mentality. It’s cringe-worthy at this point.

  • Mister Who

    I agree, I don’t want this to be another f****** Daniel Bryan situation, and nobody else matters like for example fans will boo at anyone beating their favorite which I despise about these fans mentality, because it’s so unfair to other wrestlers who also worked so hard

  • Dustin

    Yes, because he’s the answer to all of their problems. Stop with this corny underdog crap and write better television.

  • Mister Who

    Sigh, “Shook my head”, this sucks