Former WWE star James Ellsworth was recently interviewed on “The Taz Show.” Here are some of the highlights:
Getting his break in WWE: “I was an extra talent that day in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on July 25th 2016 and obviously, you’ve been there”, Ellsworth said, while recollecting the events on the day he faced Strowman. “As an extra talent, you don’t know what’s going to happen that day. You could do nothing or you could do a match, or just be a security guard, or (be) a Rosebud or whatever.
“They picked me to do the match with Strowman that night. It was the start of his singles push out of The Wyatt Family and (I) did a match against him. I got to do like a twenty second promo before the match and did the match and from there it just escalated.”
Speaking with Vince McMahon after his match: “Absolutely. Right after the match, Arn Anderson, who was the agent for the match, told me Vince was looking for me. I said, “Oh really? Why would he be looking for me? What did I do wrong?” I found Vince and he was coming down the stairs there outside of Gorilla looking for me and I found him. He said, “Hey, I just wanted to tell you that you did a very good job.
“I was very pleased with that. Thank you!” I was like, “Huh?” Jericho called me that night, and I told him about that and he told me the same thing (about Vince McMahon rarely thanking someone), and told me the same thing on his podcast as well. It just doesn’t happen a lot. To me it was out of nowhere. I didn’t expect it and very, very cool. I’ll never forget that moment, for sure.”
Vince being approachable: “Oh yeah, absolutely. Whenever I got the chance to talk to him, which wasn’t often, but every time after a segment or a match, I would walk up to him at the Gorilla and thank him for the opportunity, and he’d shake my hand. Other than that, we talked a handful of times in the office. I didn’t try to bother him too much, and it was always very positive.”
Working with Carmella: “Oh yeah, absolutely. We became friends because of that angle and we always had a good time working together. I always tell people she’s very smart, very intelligent girl. I’ve always had a good time with her, never any problems whatsoever.
“Just the small things, she recently dyed her hair. She had a long run as SmackDown Live Women’s Champion for a few months and now that’s over with and right away she did something different and dyed her hair just to get eyes on her. That was very smart.”
H/T Wrestling Inc. for the transcriptions