As noted, former WWE Superstar James Ellsworth recently appeared as a guest on Chris Jericho's Talk Is Jericho podcast for an in-depth interview. Featued below are some additional highlights.
On being paired with Carmella: "When Carmella and I first got put together, which was totally her idea, she went to Vince [McMahon] and said, 'hey, I've got the idea of putting Ellsworth with me and I'm seducing him to help me win matches, like manipulating him.' That was her idea initially and he loved the idea. I think it was the week before WrestleMania, he pulled her and I aside and into the office and told us what he wanted out of it. And that was the first real, extended conversation I had with him. It was nerve-wracking. I was nervous. I try never to be scared, but once he told me what he needed out of me, I remember very confidently saying, 'I'm sure we're going to make this work.' He just wanted heat for Carmella and that's what he wanted. He wanted Carmella to be a heel in the women's division."
On his WWE release: "I think I got too comfortable, man. Like, when the dog leash thing happened, I mean, I don't mind doing anything on TV at all. I know it's a show, so when it first happened, I went to somebody and I was just like, 'I just don't know if it's going work because it's kind of weird. I don't think people will look at it and go, 'she's treating him like crap' because I turned into a big heel after Money In The Bank.' It's supposed to get her heat, like she's walking me around on a leash, but, to me, by then I was a heel and people were like, 'he's getting what he deserves.' Like, I think I got too comfortable and I was like, 'I don't know if it's going to work' and I don't know if it's my place to tell them that. That's what I'm thinking. I have no clue what happened."
On friends he made while working in WWE: "Guys in the locker room were super fun to be around, like, Luke Harper, super funny, and Daniel Bryan, and, like, just talking everyday to Fandango about baseball, and, like, Dolph Ziggler and I, towards the end, became close. And, Carmella and I, we became good friends. We spend 11 months on TV together and doing house shows every week."
On Carmella calling to check on him shortly after he found out about his WWE release: "She called me right away, literally. Maybe a minute-and-a-half after I got off the phone with [Mark] Carrano, I'm sitting in the basement of my house, I haven't even told [anybody anything]. I'm sitting there and I'm, like, balling, and I'm like, 'what the hell?' The phone rings and it's her. I'm like, 'she must know. Crap.' And she was like, 'James, oh my God, I can't believe this. I'm so sorry. I hope you're okay?', like, just being the sweet girl that she is and I was like, 'I'll be alright.' I was like, 'I was okay before WWE. I'll be okay after it.' I said, 'it hurts. It stings. But it's life. Life's not fair sometimes and I get that.' And she stayed on the phone with me until I was ready to get off [the phone call]. That's how very cool of a person she is. And we text almost every day."
On the first-ever Women's Money In The Bank ladder match: "I ruined the first Women's Money In The Bank match. I loved it. Absolutely. I loved having the heat because my job was to be a heel and right there I had the heat and I was like, 'man, I just want to run with this!' When the Money In The Bank stuff happened, everyone hated me! It worked. It was like, 'man, you just took away that moment from the girls and you don't do that!' And to me, that's why you do do that. You create the buzz and then you have to do the second Money In The Bank, which, obviously, she won on her own."
Check out the complete James Ellsworth interview from Talk Is Jericho at Podbay.fm.