If you open the WSDL link from your browser, does it work? Sounds like something is wrong there
As an alternative, you could ask for the WSDL file and have it loaded in that way? Reason I usually do this is because we often have WSDL's that can only be reached at the clients location.
The project with the published service has server with application root url : http://localhost:8081/
The project with the (intended) consumed project has server with application root url : http://localhost:8080/
I don't know what was wrong, but it works, so thanks for the support!!