WWE Chairman Vince McMahon made some strong accusations against certain wrestlers in WWE on Monday night when he appeared on the Stone Cold Steve Austin Show.
It was McMahon's first ever podcast and he certainly made an impact of epic proportions. Vince addressed the lingering CM Punk issues after Punk's explosive interview last week, but McMahon was also highly critical certain wrestlers such as Cesaro, who he claimed lacks the charisma to succeed - while McMahon also questioned the desire of other superstars.
Jack Swagger has wasted no time in coming to the defense of himself first and foremost. Swagger doesn't agree that the drive and hunger has been lost from every superstar, though he does hint that some wrestlers may have lost it.
Jack Swagger hits back
"This is an environment where literally hundreds of thousands of people want to be on this roster, and there's what, 75 of us on top?" Jack Swagger explained.
"To get here you have to be very ambitious but to stay here you need even more. It takes a lot of drive and a lot of hard work. I can only speak for myself that I have gotten hungrier. As far as the rest of the locker room, you know, it's tough but you gotta see the finish line and sometimes that's hard to do."
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McMahon's criticism of European wrestler Cesaro was particularly brutal, with WWE's Chairman not holding back whatsoever.
“He doesn’t quite have the charisma, he doesn’t have quite the verbal skills. Maybe it’s because he’s Swiss, at the moment, he lacks it.”
It seems like this is an example of reverse psychology, but whether it works or not remains to be seen.