Jack Swagger as World Heavyweight Champion

Crapendium: World Champion Jack Swagger

I take a look back and see why exactly Jack Swagger’s 2010 run was crap.

If you don’t want to click, the short answer is ”it was supposed to be.”

Video on Jack Swagger, History of WWF/WWE using topical national events as storylines

Scott,


Long-time reader of your blog and fan of your works. Written you before, as I grew up in same city Chris Benoit lived in outside Atlanta. Used to workout with him back in 2002 as he prepared for comeback. Stopped watching sport in 2007 after what happened, but I've drifted back to being a fan again. The Jack Swagger angle was exciting to watch, until – of course – he decided to shot himself in the foot with the DUI. 

I work for a conservative news outlet, and a co-worker and I put together a video in defense of the Jack Swagger character. I thought your audience might like it, as we treat wrestling as it should be treated – legitimate entreatment with a great history. I even had our video guy edit in what I believe is your favorite match ever as a cheap way to reel the RSPW site right off the bat. 

It's a long interview/retrospective, but I think your audience will like it. 
Thanks Scott

See, I'm even more confused by the recent controversy.  Don't conservatives SUPPORT the idea of tightening immigration laws?  That's probably why the whole Swagger character falls flat for me — it's aimed at a VERY specific subset of the fanbase who actually understands what it's about, and that's not me.

Jack Swagger, WWE and the tea party

WND TV’s Michael Thompson and Albert Thompson discuss World Wrestling Entertainment’s history of using hot-button, national-debate topics to push the drama in their story lines. From Sgt. Slaughter turning his back on America and becoming an Iraqi sympathizer in 1990 to the Muhammad Hassan character in the mid-2000s, the WWE is no stranger to political controversy. They explain why conservatives are wrong to attack the WWE for the “Real American” Jack Swagger character.

Jack Swagger Arrested After Smackdown Tapings

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Update: According to TMZ, the arrest was for DUI and marijuana possession.  There goes his push I’m guessing.

Apparently Swagger was pulled over on an undisclosed traffic issue.  No word on if alcohol was involved or not and it appears to be a legit arrest rather than storyline based.  Also no word on what this means for Wrestlemania.

Jack Swagger

You've mentioned before that Jack Swagger came back as the same stale product he's always been.  I've asked my friends about it, and our current theory is that Swagger is still the same boring heel because Vince is using him as some sort of petty grudge against Kurt Angle.  Given that Swagger as a face could easily get over (an "On Your Knees" chant would be fun), I can't think of a better reason.  You?


Andy YDKJ


I think that being Canadian, I'm missing out on 90% of the cultural relevance with this new Swagger character because I don't really get what they're going for at all.  Is the Zeb thing supposed to be referencing some specific person or persons?  Is this an ideology that Vince agrees with or disagrees with?  It just feels like they're trying to tap into some zeitgeist thing that I'm totally not getting. But then I feel the same way with football references, so maybe it's just me.

Fwd: Jack Swagger

Scott:

 Do you think Jack Swagger is too far gone to amount to anything?  Guy is a solid worker, but has the stigma of a choke artist after his horrible title run and jobber status since.  Is there anything they could do to make something out of him?  Would a move to TNA do any good by giving him a fresh start?  I keep saying they should do like in the old days with some of these guys that get stuck in a rut — put a mask on them and turn them into a tag team.    Then you can push them without the stigma until people forget about it, unmask them, and bam, you've got a name guy that people remember but respect again.  That's what happened with Doom, for instance, and Ron Simmons got a World title run out of it.  Either that or do like Raven and basically reinvent your personality and look so radically that you become a different person.  However, I think that the "All American American" character has the loser stink on it (and really, ever since he was in ECW with the same character I've thought it was a go-nowhere deal) and it's time to jettison it.

Fwd: Jack Swagger

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From: "Michael Fitzgerald" Hi Scott Hope you're well Possible discussion for the blog I wonder if WWE have considered maybe turning Jack Swagger babyface? It's either that or fire him really at this point. He's lost so many matches to so many people that he's pretty much a joke. Turning him and giving him some fresh matches might give WWE a chance to change that perception. They could try the "Pro-USA" gimmick with him. Hacksaw Duggan could be getting beaten up by two lower card heels (Hunico and the other one, What's he called? Carpacio?) and Swagger could run in for the save and lead the fans in a "USA" chant. Just a thought Keep it real!
—————– Only the realest.   I had thought they were trying to turn Swagger with the whole breakup angle but God knows that ended up forgotten like everything else.  A standard USA gimmick would work as well as anything else for him at this point.