We reported last week here on eWrestlingNews.com that James Ellsworth was rumored to be returning to WWE during last night’s WWE Money in the Bank pay-per-view event. There were conflicting reports throughout the week on whether he’d be at the WWE pay-per-view but it was confirmed last Wednesday when he cancelled his scheduled indie booking in China. For those who may have missed it, Ellsworth returned at the WWE MITB pay-per-view and helped Carmella retain her women’s title against Asuka.
In an update on Ellsworth’s WWE return, he was kept hidden in a bus outside the venue during the afternoon and evening hours. Last week, Ellsworth responded to the rumors of him appearing at Money in the Bank by saying he was set to defend his Intergender title for Middle Kingdom Wrestling in Harbin, China. Of course, later in the week we found out that was not the case after Middle Kingdom Wrestling issued a statement saying that Ellsworth had cancelled the booking (see below).
In other backstage WWE Money in the Bank news, SAnitY was also backstage at the pay-per-view. The group has yet to debut on TV since being called up to SmackDown! Live during the Superstar Shake-Up earlier this year.
ORIGINAL: It was reported earlier on the site that James Ellsworth looks to be returning to WWE soon as there have been several recent creative pitches for Ellsworth to pop up in some capacity and we have confirmed that he is slated to be at the WWE Money in the Bank PPV.
There is speculation that he will get involved in the SmackDown Women’s Title Match between Carmella and Asuka or the Women’s Money in the Bank Ladder Match. He was associated with Carmella prior to departing from the WWE.
Middle Kingdom Wrestling has released a statement announcing that Ellsworth will not be appearing in China for the promotion’s event this Sunday. Here is the statement:
“James Ellsworth was scheduled to appear this weekend (June 16/17, 2018) in Harbin, China as part of Middle Kingdom Wresting presents Eyes on the Prize and an MKW Meet N Greet party. This booking has been in place since February.
James Ellsworth informed us last night that he will not be travelling to China. This news came after repeated attempts by MKW management to contact Ellsworth over the last six days to confirm travel arrangements.”
Thus, this statement has fueled more speculation on Ellsworth returning at this show.
The Money in the Bank pay-per-view event takes place on Sunday, June 17, 2018 in Chicago, Illinois at the Allstate Arena and will air on the WWE Network and some traditional pay-per-view outlets. Both Raw and SmackDown brands will be featured.