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2016/08/12
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Imagine you were tasked with creating the ultimate American college athlete. Within seconds you’ll have an image in your head of a towering accomplishment of speed, power and agility with a mouthful of pristine white teeth, a set of shoulders broader than the Grand Canyon and enough confidence to fill it. In other words, you’ve just pieced together WWE superstar Jack Swagger.
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2015/03/21
Filed under: Interviews, News

– In the video below, Jack Swagger talks with KiCK Magazine from Facebook’s UK headquarters during Swagger’s recent WWE promotional tour. Swagger talked about how excited he is for WrestleMania 31 and said he’s looking forward to throwing people over the top rope in the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal. Swagger joked that he apologized to the Andre trophy recently after breaking the original. Swagger also talked about Roman Reigns vs. Brock Lesnar and believes Reigns will win the WWE World Heavyweight Title. Regarding Sting’s first WWE match, Swagger said he couldn’t have a better opponent in Triple H. Swagger also talks about going to the UK, soccer and more.

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2015/03/13
Filed under: Interviews, News, Updates

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Wrestlemania is the sports entertainment event of the year and on March 29th 2015, Wrestlemania 31 will be broadcast to fans around the world, not least to those here in the UK. With the WWE network now available in the UK, fans can watch and relive WM31 and their favourite Wrestlemania moments over and over again. Following Wrestlemania, British fans will get to see the stars of the WWE in person as they tour the country, with Raw and Smackdown due to be filmed in London (tickets for all dates here). We were privileged to sit down with top WWE superstar Jack Swagger to get his views on Wrestlemania and the UK tour. From hair-care advice to humming entrance songs, Swagger is a man of many talents. Intrigued? Read on…

Wrestlemania is around the corner and you’re set to be in the Andre the Giant Battle Royal. What would it mean to you to win it?

It would mean a lot. Just to be on a Wrestlemania card, I think, means more to the superstars than a pay check or going to work that day. It’s such a special thing, such an honour to be on there. So to win the Battle Royal would be very impressive and I’d put it up there with one of the best feats of my career. Anything named after Andre the Giant in our line of work is something very special and should be put on a pedestal.

Did you ever meet Andre and do you have any stories about him?

I never got to meet him, I’ve just heard thousands of stories about how he commanded so much respect. The best Andre story refers to when he would get on a plane and someone would have their suitcase by his seat. He would just take that suitcase out, leave it right in the aisle, put his case up and sit down. No-one would say a thing to him!

You’ve faced the ‘Hero of the Russian Federation’ Rusev a number of times. He’s not lost yet so what chance does John Cena have at Wrestlemania?

Rusev is one of those competitors that comes around once in a generation. Everything that you see about him is legit. If anyone were to stand a chance against him it would probably be Jack Swagger! I think I’ve probably got one more Wrestlemania to get him! Me aside, if anyone wants to take him down in this day and age in the WWE it will be John Cena – and what a moment that will be.

You’re used to receiving advice from your manager, Zeb Colter. Brock Lesnar has Paul Heyman. What advice would you give to Roman Reigns before his World Title match against Lesnar?

I think I would tell Roman that he just needs to do everything he has done his entire life. He knows how to win and how to prepare himself. The hay’s in the barn at that point, it’s just time to believe in himself and go win the biggest match of his life. That, and to stop putting so much conditioner in his hair before he goes out! It’s not naturally that shiny! It makes me mad. It’s all product! You’re all product Roman!

What is your favourite Wrestlemania memory either as a fan or a performer?

One memory that always sticks with me, I think just because it was when I was first in developmental training with WWE, was Wrestlemania 24 when Shawn Michaels faced Ric Flair. The respect that Ric has in our business is unmeasurable. WWE captured that moment between him and Shawn so well. It was such a powerful thing and I remember being, I think I was 26 at the time, and watching that match and seeing him with legit tears when he was hugging his family. That made me want to be a sports entertainer. Telling stories like that.

The Twitter hashtag #GiveDivasAChance has been trending. What do you think of the Divas division and who’s your pick to be the next big thing?

I think our divas division is very strong and more competitive than it has been since I’ve been on the roster. They definitely are underutilised and don’t get enough air time – some matches just leave you blown away by what they do. I think Trinity (Naomi) is one of the girls that is going to transcend and change the division. She’s so athletic – if she was a guy she’d be a Pro Bowler in the NFL or an All-Star in the NBA, she’s that good.

After Wrestlemania, WWE will be in the UK for a tour in April. How do UK fans compare to the US and will we see a WWE Pay-Per-View event in the UK?

That’s one of my favourite things about this job. We get to travel the world and see amazing cities and cultures. One thing you see every place you go is that the regions’ fans are different. Coming over the UK, you guys are highly energetic and you love to sing the entrance songs! That has become kind of a characteristic and it’s made me want to sing entrance songs! I even know my own entrance song and how it would go […hums his ‘Patriot’ theme song] but I really enjoy it and we always say our April and November tours are our wrestlers vacation. We get to come over here, eat, sleep and wrestle. As for a pay-per-view event, absolutely. I think we’re definitely gearing up towards that. I’d say in the next five years.

It was a hopeful note on which to finish and so far as Jack Swagger is concerned, he gets the thumbs up from we, the people.

Author:
2014/12/30
Filed under: Interviews

Recently, Jack Swagger did an interview with thefivecount.com.

Listen to the interview here.

Author:
2014/09/25
Filed under: Interviews

Jack Swagger recently did an interview with Josh Belcher from Rockin’ God’s House. He was asked about current events in WWE and his feud with Bo Dallas among other things. Check out the interview below.

Could you tell us about your upcoming match at Night Of Champions?

Well, it hasn’t been confirmed yet or announced so I am not quite sure if I am going to be wrestling Bo Dallas there or not. We are going to find out in a couple of weeks if that is going to happen or not. He might back down from the challenge. Very excited to get my hands on him. He has been pestering me and pestering for the last couple of weeks or so. As a real American we will have to get something done.


Do you think you will ever get another partner for The Real American’s, like do you think Bo Dallas would like to join?

[Laughs] Well, if he wants to join the Real Americans he is going about it the wrong way. He has definitely been under my skin, and I don’t know how well we would work together right now as a team. I know that Cesaro and I ended on a bad note, but we were a very very good tag team and so those are big shoes to fill. That’s the good thing about the WWE, you never really know what you are going to get, you just know that it is going to be very entertaining. I have learned to never say never because anything can happen with us in the WWE. When we were tagging, I definitely fell in love with the Tag Team division and being in Tag Matches. A lot of fun and very exciting , always doing something fresh and new, so I definitely would not be opposed to it.

A lot of people want to take “one nation under God” out of our pledge and out of government buildings and schools. How do you feel about that?

You know, the Pledge of Allegiance is something that I grew up saying every morning when I went to school. Personally, I don’t see a problem with it. It is very nostalgic not only to me, but I think all Real Americans and Americans in general. I don’t think it should be taken out of the schools. I don’t think the phrase should be taken out of the pledge. I don’t know how old it is, but it is a very important part of history and you can’t change it, whether you want to take a verse out of it or not. It is always going to be the same thing.

How has Zeb Colter been since Rusev kicking him in the head?

One thing about Zeb Colter and all Real Americans is that they are tough and they don’t give up. We will lick our wounds and keep on going. You can knock a Real American down, but the secret is you have got to keep us down because we will keep getting back up and ready to fight. Zeb Colter is a grown man, and he has been doing this for over 45 years, and I am sure that he has been kicked harder than that little Russian princess [Rusev] kicked him.

To read the full interview click here.

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2014/08/21

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 Renee Young is backstage with Seth Rollins. He says what happened to Dean Ambrose on RAW is the WWE Universe’s fault. Rollins talks about how John Cena, Chris Jericho and Jack Swagger lost at SummerSlam. He rips Swagger and Swagger walks up. They have words and Swagger gets in his face. Rollins says they will fight on SmackDown.

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2014/08/19

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– Renee Young is backstage with Jack Swagger. He says he failed last night but America unites when times are tough. Swagger says he’s not giving up, he’s going to pick himself up and come out swinging.

Jack Swagger vs. Cesaro

Swagger makes his way out to the ring with no Zeb Colter in sight. We go to commercial.

Back from the break and Cesaro is out. They go to lock up but Cesaro goes for Swagger’s taped up ribs. Swagger goes to lock up again but gets hit in the same spot. Swagger misses a shot in the corner and goes down. Cesaro with a big gutwrench slam. Cesaro ends up winning a back and forth match with the Neutralizer.

Winner: Cesaro

– After the match, the music hits and out comes Bo Dallas. Bo says 318 million Americans were let down at SummerSlam when Swagger lost. Bo says Swagger should have just Bo-lieved.

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2014/07/29
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2014/07/14
Filed under: Interviews, WWE Magazine

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Jack Swagger was part of a Then and Now article in July’s edition of WWE Magazine. Here’s what he had to say:

WWE Magazine: What would the Jack Swagger of today say to the man in this photo?

Jack Swagger: What the hell are you smiling about? This country is desperate to be saved and you call yourself an All-American American?!? Wipe that smile off your face — who are you? I don’t even know you. You’ve got a lot of growing up to do.

WWE Magazine: What was the most important thing on your mind when this picture was taken?

Swagger: There was a lot of hype. I had a good background. Kurt Angle had just left, and I felt pressure to live up to a certain level. Trying to be different but trying to reach everyone’s expectations for me and my own expectations, which I often set higher.

WWE Magazine: How different is Jack Swagger then from Jack Swagger now?

Swagger: I’m grizzled. I can grow a beard now, but I think there are many similarities. For my size, I’m one of the fastest guys on the roster. But the main thing is knowledge and that comes from five years of working with some of the best wrestlers to ever step in the ring: The Undertaker, Triple H, Shawn Michaels, John Cena, Randy Orton, Chris Jericho, Edge. Those guys all come from a different generation. And what they’ve passed down won’t be available for new generations.

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