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WWE Superstar makes his Impact Wrestling debut
- Updated: October 15, 2018
Former WWE Superstar James Ellsworth surprised everyone by making an appearing at Impact Wrestling’s Bound for Glory pay-per-view (PPV) that took place at the Melrose Ballroom in New York last night. With this, Ellsworth, who had a brief run with WWE in the past, made his Impact Wrestling debut.
In the second match of the night, former Impact champion Eli Drake issued an open challenge and the fans were aware that they were in for a surprise return or a debut. It was very evident by the fact that they were chanting the name of Chris Jericho. As expected, they did get a surprise name answering the name but unfortunately, it wasn't Jericho as Ellsworth walked down the ramp.
While issuing the open challenge, Drake clearly mentioned that the open challenge has to be answered by a person who is a native of New York but Ellsworth, who has a positive head-to-head against the WWE champion AJ Styles, is from Baltimore.
However, Ellsworth had an excuse at his disposal as he said that he used to date a girl from Staten Island (former WWE SmackDown Live Women's Champion Carmella) and lived in her basement for a bit.
Ellsworth coldcocked Drake and got the match started. Drake made a little work of Ellsworth as he beat him in quick time when he reversed Ellsworth's attempt at a Styles Clash into his own Gravy Train.
Drake wasn’t done and asked for a tough challenger who is Hall of Fame worthy. This led to Abyss, who was inducted into the Impact Wrestling Hall of Fame a day before the PPV, came out and destroyed Drake by putting him through a table.
Ellsworth made his first appearance in WWE as an enhancement talent to face Braun Strowman. But, he became a fan favourite soon after and WWE offered him a full-time contract with the company. He beat AJ Styles twice, thanks to Dean Ambrose, before losing a WWE title match to him. Later, he aligned with Carmella before he was fired by the company.