James Ellsworth and Vince McMahon do not interact on a regular basis but, according to Ellsworth, the WWE Chairman has given him "nothing but great feedback" regarding Ellsworth's work in WWE to date.
During an interview with the Two Man Power Trip of Wrestling podcast, Ellsworth shared that each week after Smackdown Live goes off the air, he approaches McMahon to ask for feedback.
“I don’t get to speak to him for an extended amount of time. It’s literally I walk up to him and ask if I do okay and if everything was good?” Ellsworth said. "Every week he’s said ‘good job kid’ and ‘see you next week.’ That’s what it’s been every week and coming from him it means the world because he is the man. He is the main guy in this profession. He’s the top guy that nobody is over, and I have so much respect for him and what he has done with sports entertainment. It is just cool to get that little conversation with him every week but I always make sure to go to him and I always will no matter what.”
Since making his WWE debut this summer and getting squashed by Braun Strowman in the first episode of Raw after the brand split, Ellsworth has been making regular appearances on Smackdown this fall. He's become a huge part of the ongoing rivalry between AJ Styles and Dean Ambrose over the WWE World Heavyweight Title. Ellsworth has turned into somewhat of a cult favorite with fans, and WWE even is selling James Ellsworth shirts on its online store.
“I don’t know what the future holds, I hope it’s bright,” Ellsworth said. “I’m having the time of my life and am thankful for every opportunity that [WWE] gives me. I am learning so much just being there and it has been such a blast, and everything has been going so well that I hope to be there in the WWE as James Ellsworth until I’m about 75 years old.”
Ellsworth, who had nearly 15 years experience on the independent circuit as Jimmy Dream, continues to take independent dates.