Plans for Ellsworth before he was released now revealed

Nov 17, 2017 - by Steve Gerweck

On the latest edition of Pro Wrestling Sheet Radio, James McKeena and Ryan Satin revealed that the plan for James Ellsworth (that were in place since this August) was for him to challenge Charlotte Flair at WrestleMania 34 for the Smackdown Women’s Championship.

How would WWE explain this match? The idea would have been for Ellsworth to come out one day and say he was transitioning from being a man to a woman because he now identifies himself as a woman. As a result, it would grant him the right to challenge for the Women’s Title. Apparently, the idea came straight from Vince McMahon and was something WWE was seriously considering.

(The 434 Club)

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14 Responses

  1. Jeff says:


  2. Mr Doo Dah says:

    Oh boy/girl that would have put Smackdown’s twitter reactions sky high. Now I won’t get to see trans and terf twitter mix it up with wrestling twitter.

  3. Ian says:

    Holy crap, what a great way to absolutely destroy your women’s division. Thank god he was released.

  4. CM Chippunk says:

    No wonder they released him …

  5. AJ Cooper says:


    And, the anti-TNAers STILL think Impact is garbage? Then again, they’ll think ANYTHING/EVERYTHING their puppet masters (a.k.a. Vince McMahon & WWE) want them to think. And, they’ll probably do it without question; them being the little brainwashed fanboy sheep they really are. Baaaa-baaaa-baaaaa!

    So, the next time ANY of those brain-dead idiots says ANYTHING about Impact, I’ll remind them that Impact NEVER did a story-line mocking those in the LGBT community. Not only that, but I can also bring up how much BETTER Impact has treated its African-American talent than WWE has. Oh, and how Impact’s Knockouts are actually more talented at wrestling than the female models WWE so vigorously pursues.

    Oh, I soo hope Mimura sees this & opens their mouth. It’ll be time to burn him soo badly he’ll NEVER want to show his face ANYWHERE on this site EVER AGAIN.

  6. ryan says:

    Aj, im a bit confused. You do know that they didn’t go through with the storyline, right? And tna basically did make fun of the LGBT with the Orlando Jordan stuff in 2010. At the very least they weren’t very sensitive about it.

  7. jindermaholic says:

    HHH won’t make things better. HHH is bi-a-lot-of-things.

  8. AJ Cooper Sux says:

    Note AJ Cooper speaks of sheep wheen he is a TNA fan boy sheep who does not understand this might not have been a factual idea and who knows maybe TNA will run with it along with their other garbage

  9. I am your father says:

    So Vince thought this was something new?
    Does he remember Harvina or Santina Marella competing as “women”?

  10. The Chosen 1 says:

    Actually TNA did do a gimmick with Orlando Jordan thats just as bad.

  11. Simba says:

    While the James Ellsworth Wrestlemania storyline would have undoubtedly been absurd, it would have only been played for laughs (similar to the ‘Santina Marella’ gimmick) and would never have been considered a large or important part of the show or intended as an offence (in these PG times, they’d be very much restricted in where that angle could go).

    Additionally, TNA have actually exploited the LGBT community in the past…

    The Rainbow Express (formerly the West Hollywood Blonds in WCW) was a parody of the homosexual community, which drew negative reviews across the board. Also, Orlando Jordan’s bisexual TNA character was designed to exploit the LBGT community for nothing more than cheap heel heat (even wearing a vest that read ‘I love tag teaming’ at one point – ooh, good one).

    The saddest part of this is that Chris Kanyon approached TNA in 2006/2007 with the pitch of playing a ‘normal, masculine babyface who happened to be gay’ (with the aim of promoting tolerance and acceptance) which got immediately shot down but a few years later Orlando Jordan was introduced in TNA as an ‘outrageous’ cheap-heat seeking heel – this is considered by many in the wrestling community (including Kanyon’s best friend and mentor James Mitchell) to be Kanyon’s breaking point, and a determining factor in Kanyon’s suicide in 2010.

    With regards to racism, WWE has undeniably shown traces of racist behaviour throughout the years but this has unfortunately always been apparent in the wrestling industry (regardless of the promotion) – black performers weren’t allowed to dress in the locker rooms with the white performers in many territories.

    In recent years, it has been heartening to see how companies have reacted to instances of racism (which are gradually becoming more isolated, although I doubt it’ll ever be completely eradicated) – it was no coincidence that WWE hired back D’Lo Brown and made Mark Henry the ECW champion in 2008, shortly after Michael Hayes had made a racist remark to Henry.
    Also, Bubba The Love Sponge’s TNA firing after he had been racist to Awesome Kong about the Haiti earthquake was well-received in the wrestling community.

    I’m not a ‘brainwashed fanboy’ (and I’m a longtime fan of TNA), but their current knockouts division isn’t currently a patch on WWE’s current women’s roster (which is the strongest it’s been for a long time, in my opinion).

  12. Mimura says:


  13. Mimura says:

    wrestling comments…………serious business! XD

  14. Jim says:

    That would have stole the show! Wouldve been phenomenal

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