That would have been something. There are a lot of titles in the wrestling world and some of them are rather prestigious. Some of those titles have been around for a very long time, with some of the better known championships being sanctioned by WWE. Winning a championship in WWE means something in the wrestling world, and it seems that a surprising name almost won the company’s signature title.

During a recent interview on the Cheap Heat Productions podcast, former WWE star James Ellsworth said that there had been discussions of him winning the WWE Championship in 2016. Ellsworth did feud with WWE Champion AJ Styles during 2016, including defeating him twice with the help of Dean Ambrose. The feud saw Ellsworth receive two shots at the title, one of which resulted in a disqualification victory over Styles. Ellsworth did make it clear that he did not believe the plans were legitimate and that he should not have been champion.

Opinion: I don’t think there was any serious consideration of making Ellsworth the future of WWE, but I can imagine someone throwing out an idea of “wouldn’t it be funny to make Ellsworth champion for a week”. That being said, there is a big difference between tossing something out in a meeting and actually doing anything about it, which is the important part here. Ellsworth was used well in WWE and there was nothing wrong with what he got to do.

What did you think of Ellsworth’s time in WWE? Who would you like to see as an unlikely WWE Champion? Let us know in the comments below.

Thomas Hall has been a wrestling fan for over thirty years and has seen over 60,000 wrestling matches. He has also been a wrestling reviewer since 2009 with over 6,000 full shows covered. You can find his work at, or check out his- Amazon author page with 30 wrestling books

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