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Jack Swagger talks what he’s looking forward to post-WWE, the rights to his character, thoughts on today’s product

Former WWE Superstar Jack Swagger recently spoke to Memorabilia Guy about his career post-WWE. You can check out some of the highlights here:

On what he’s looking forward to:

“I think the thing that I’m feeling the most is the freedom – the best things in pro wrestling happen naturally. Whether it’s the fans gravitating towards something, or a character developing a certain way. The best ones develop naturally and you have to have freedom in order to do that. The promotions are really becoming their own brands and some are working together and some are doing very good business. And they are providing wrestlers outside of WWE a very good opportunity in this day of social media and the internet to really have the freedom to create their own character and really run with it.

“Don’t get me wrong, the WWE has some great people who work on this stuff everyday. A lot of their angles are brilliant and fun to watch. They just tend to get micromanaged a lot. But now I work for my own company, so I guess I make the head decisions on those sorts of things now.”

On the rights to his character:

“Intellectually, they own ‘Jack Swagger’, but I’ve been that for 10 years now, so I think the easiest way for me, at this point, to not get into any issues, and not to get into any red tape, I’m going as ‘Formerly Known as Jack Swagger’. It’s very silly when you’re talking about human beings, but it’s kind of what we have to do right now. Or, I might just become ‘The Real French-American’ and change my name to ‘Jacques Swagger’! (Laughs)”

On his thoughts on today’s product:

“I feel like every decade and generation of wrestlers kind of dictate the product, and right now I feel like there’s a young batch of guys that are really doing well. They have most of the workload on their shoulders, in terms of big matches, night after night. Really impressive stuff to be able to continue it for so long. I don’t get to watch a lot of it, with the kids, but I think the roster at the WWE is phenomenal. Definitely in the last couple of years it’s been so athletic and not only that, actual good people wanting to help each other.”


  • Keith Learmonth

    Well, no one on the internet is going to care about this… a former WWE employee who is saying WWE is mostly good? That’s not what gets clicks on the dirt sheets!

  • CC

    “It’s very silly when you’re talking about human beings”. That’s not really the case. This is about a character not the human being. Jack Swagger was a character played by Donald Hager, and if WWE really wanted they could hire someone else to take on the role (it would be stupid, but they are within their rights).
    It’s no different to the fact that DC/WB own Batman. Christian Bale can’t go around using the name Batman and make money outside the movies he was hired by WB to star in.