During a recent interview on the It’s My Wrestling Podcast, former WWE Superstar James Ellsworth described Vince McMahon as, “a genius whenever he feels like being a genius.”
During the podcast, Ellsworth was asked about the logic behind Carmella’s 2017 Women’s Money in the Bank victory, where he had this to say:
“It worked. And what I mean by work is people, maybe yourself included, think that they [WWE] did that second Money in the Bank ladder match two weeks later on SmackDown because they got so much backlash – which is not true at all. They knew they were going to do the second one before we ever did the first. It was Vince’s idea, Vince goes we got to get some heat on Carmella and Ellsworth. Because, at the house shows we were getting cheered me and Carmella. We were coming out at the house shows and people just remember me being goofy with AJ [Styles], [and] Carmella is a beautiful woman and she’s entertaining. So we’re getting cheered. So he’s like ‘we need to get some heat on them I want Carmella to start getting a push.’ “
“So the way we get the heat was Ellsworth climbs the ladder, he gives her the briefcase, and then we’ll get a lot of backlash for it, but then we’ll pop a rating on SmackDown because we’ll have another one, where she kind of grabs that herself, but this will be like her big moment. And he was right. He was right about it all. That was the most talked about moment from that pay-per-view [WWE Money in the Bank 2017]. And then the Smackdown, that we did a week or two later, and that second one 600,000 people more watched that Smackdown than the week before. He’s a genius whenever he feels like being a genius.”
Carmella would become the first woman in WWE history to win the Money in the Bank briefcase. She would later go on to successful cash in on Charlotte to become SmackDown Women’s Champion.
You can watch James Ellsworth’s full interview on the It’s My Wrestling Podcast below: