Recap of James Ellsworth on In Your Head Wrestling Radio, 08/02/2016 by Vic Schiavone
Hosts Jack E. Jones and One Inch Biceps welcomed the talk of the Internet, James Ellsworth, to IYH Wrestling Radio. James stole the show on the first post-draft RAW with his now-famous match with Braun Strowman.
Highlights included the following:
– Your match on RAW was a truly great moment. How did it all come about and how did the WWE get in contact with you?
“Well, actually I’ve been doing extra talent stuff for them for a couple of years now. I was actually a Rosebud a couple of times with Adam Rose. Ever since then everytime they’re near where I live here in Baltimore, if they’re around the area, they call me
and I come in as extra talent. That was my first match on WWE television, and it just happened that day. I went in to RAW; I didn’t expect to wrestle but I got there and they had all the extras around the ring. Arn Anderson just came up to me and said ‘Hey kid, let me see you throw a punch.’ I threw a punch and he said, ‘You know, that wasn’t bad at all.’ I said thank you and he got me in the ring and the next thing I know he looks at me and goes, ‘You want to wrestle Braun Strowman tonight on RAW?’ and I
said, ‘Yeah, that would be great.’ That’s how it happened…It all came about so quickly; it was all very sudden and unexpected honestly.”
– Your promo was very entertaining. Was that all written for you or did they give you an idea of what to say?
“They have scripts to hand out, and they gave me the script. I’m reading it, and they were like do you have any ideas of what you might add to that?…I was like, ‘Well, can I say this line about my hands? I think it would be cool.’ And he said, ‘Well, say the
line’, and I said “Any man with two hands has a fighting chance.” And the writer goes, ‘Well, I like it a lot, but I’ve got to clear it with the office; I’ll let you know’…I didn’t see the writer for like an hour and a half after that (so I thought) they must have said no, and he came back and he said, ‘Dude, they actually liked the line and they want you to use it, so now you have to.’ So I said ‘Oh, OK, I got it; no problem’, and I got to say it. So that was really cool that I actually had a little bit of input into it; that was amazing.” Other topics discussed included:
– Did he expect his newfound popularity?
– What part did he play with the Rosebuds?
– What ECW original trained and mentored him?
– Who is his favorite enhancement talent from the past?
– What wrestler living or dead would be his absolute dream match?