James Ellsworth’s appearance at Extreme Rules might have been his final WWE appearance for the immediate future. On Smackdown Live this week, Carmella was asked about Ellsworth and she reacted as if she was done with him and she pointed out that he was not her boyfriend.
In the latest Wrestling Observer Newsletter, it was reported that he is not under contract and he has been working on a “per date” basis. He has only been working on TV and at none of the house shows for this recent run.
Ellsworth is still taking independent bookings and he has his own podcast. This latest run has helped to get him more bookings but not being under contract would indicate that they do not have long-term plans for him. If they had a long-term idea for him then they would have offered him a contract to keep him from indie shows.
He should take it as a good sign that they brought him back because it shows that management likes him and the door is always open to bringing him back when creative comes up with something good for him.