Jack Swagger has opened up about his departure from the WWE.
Swagger signed a WWE contract in mid-2006 and was placed in Ohio Valley Wrestling (OVW) in January 2007. In August 2007, Hager was reassigned to Florida Championship Wrestling (FCW) where he would go to win the FCW Florida Heavyweight Championship. On September 9, 2008, Swagger made his debut on the ECW brand.
On June 29, 2009, Swagger was traded to the Raw brand. On March 1, 2017, Swagger announced on Chael Sonnen's podcast that he had requested his release from WWE. Two days later, WWE issued a statement saying that Swagger had not been granted his release.
This was in response to he already having been announced for an independent date. Eventually, on March 13, it was announced that WWE had officially released Swagger from his contract.
During his time with the sports entertainment company, he became a two-time world champion, holding WWE's World Heavyweight Championship and the ECW Championship once each, and a one-time WWE United States Champion. In 2010, He also became the Money in the Bank ladder match winner at WrestleMania XXVI.
The former WWE star was interviewed on the Arm Drag Takedown Podcast with Pollo Del Mar to talk about various topics including his departure from the sports entertainment company.
“I like to think of pro wrestling as an art, so we’re artists,” he went on to say. “Most artists I know put their love and heart into these things, and to repeatedly have that swept away or get crushed, it gets a little much to deal with.”
“There are so many styles out there I haven’t gotten to wrestle against or experience,” he related. “I really want to take it all in and take the rollercoaster ride on a little journey and develop a pro wrestling character that can’t be stopped.”
When asked why Cody Rhodes was his chief inspiration for his departure, Swagger stated that “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,” Swagger said of Cody. “He executed it very well.”
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