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    Posted: 13/November/2017 at 14:19
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Former WWE Superstar Jack Swagger (Jake Hager) recently appeared as a guest on Arm Drag Takedown with Pollo Del Mar for an interview. Below are some of the highlights.

On why WWE was a special place to work: "I was very lucky to go to the biggest company in the world and wrestle. You definitely see the bigger arenas, the bigger crowds, hear the bigger pops, work with he bigger names. You can't put a monetary value on that, because it's so special."

On goals he didn't reach while in WWE: "Anything I did not accomplish there, it wasn't because there was a thumb over my head, pushing me down. It's because I didn't accomplish it. That's the way I choose to go through life and look at things and move on."

On Cody Rhodes' WWE departure: "He has a very good brain for this business – he always has – and he really knew his game plan and what he wanted to do. He executed it very well."

Check out the complete Jack Swagger interview at HuffingtonPost.com.

 
Don't think he could talk them up more LOL Pretty sure if they wanted him back he would say yes in a split second.
 
He's right about his goals. Good for him not blaming anyone but himself for not getting to the level he could have.
 
He knows what he's on about with Cody too, who's done excellent since leaving the big league.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Rico Len Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 13/November/2017 at 14:25
Jake Hagar huh? Did he refer to himself as "a man" too? Was his middle initial 'N'?

Agreed though, sounds like a man has a very good attitude towards his career, and if a man were ever asked to return, a man would.
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Well, he's smart not to burn a bridge.  From what I can see, Jack Swagger (Jake Hager) is pretty disappointing on the indies.  I watched a match of his in WCPW and I'm sure I wasn't the only person giving a sigh of disappointment.  Jack has such horrid on-screen charisma when he speaks and his in-ring skills have taken a dive IMO.  It's best that he kiss the corporate ring and keep on their good terms - but he should also look at re-inventing himself if he plans to continue wrestling.

I liked Swagger when he was that prissy white-bread kid with the World Title.  I also liked Swagger when he was in his prime heel mode with "We the People" with Zeb Colter.  But, since then, not so much.

Seems like a nice guy, but lacks some fire to keep going in this business.  Maybe he has a 2nd career in mind?
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Originally posted by MUSA MUSA wrote:

Well, he's smart not to burn a bridge.  From what I can see, Jack Swagger (Jake Hager) is pretty disappointing on the indies.  I watched a match of his in WCPW and I'm sure I wasn't the only person giving a sigh of disappointment.  Jack has such horrid on-screen charisma when he speaks and his in-ring skills have taken a dive IMO.  It's best that he kiss the corporate ring and keep on their good terms - but he should also look at re-inventing himself if he plans to continue wrestling.

I liked Swagger when he was that prissy white-bread kid with the World Title.  I also liked Swagger when he was in his prime heel mode with "We the People" with Zeb Colter.  But, since then, not so much.

Seems like a nice guy, but lacks some fire to keep going in this business.  Maybe he has a 2nd career in mind?

I agree

Most people who leave the WWE, portray the character the wanted to portray in the WWE and their promo styles often reflect the "let off a leash" sort of style.

Nothing from what ive seen of Swagger is showing me WWE made a mistake - hes as bland as they come and thats when hes doing his own thing in the indies too

He either needs a serious repackage job - sort of Bray Wyatt levels of repackage or he needs to stick to what hes doing now because although he hasnt burned a bridge and yes hes speaking highly of the WWE but he wont offer them anything and he wont do his self any favours - currently hed struggle to make the mid card on Smackdown and that quite frankly is some of the worst ive ever seen
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I think he would probably make a good trainer, myself. He has the right attitude, the right talents, and the right amount of experience for it. He fits the mold perfectly, just like Lance Storm and Dean Malenko.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Baz Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 13/November/2017 at 19:36
Jake has signed with Bellator LOL

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Oh jeez...he did?

Here's the thing with Jack - he's vanilla and boring.  He desperately needs to make a choice and stick to it:

1. Find a new career and focus on that - there's NO shame in doing that.  He's a nice guy, and humble, so I can see a brain like his going places in another venue.

2. Look to re-invent himself completely on the indies.  I think he should stay the hell away from the microphone and maybe ham up the "I'm a pure wrestler" gimmick.  Wear the wrestling helmet, put in a mouth guard, and make your offense primarily mat-based with charisma.  Throw people around, smile (with that cheesy smile of his), and play either a very arrogant in-ring performer, or a "fun-to-watch" babyface. 

3. Take some acting lessons and start honing in on using your WWE character, but amped up on your own.


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How long until they book Lashley vs Hager?

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he got over with the "we the people" gimmick as both a heel and a short run as a face because he had a mouthpiece.

it's a problem now in modern wrestling that mouthpieces aren't used to hide the weakness of poor promo skills. you have Lesnar with Heyman, but let's face it, if Lesnar wasn't the name he is, he wouldn't have Heyman, let alone be on the contract he is.

we need guys like Colter, James Mitchell, Heyman and others who can get talent over in promos, but at the same time they still have to be able to deliver in the ring. Hager stopped caring long before he left WWE, and if i'm hearing right, it does seem he has lost his passion, so he needs to realise that. he can move into MMA if that's what he needs to do; no one is going to bat an eyelid if he's just in that for the money, but if he fails there, he's probably best stepping away from any and all rings as a competitior.
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