Jake Hager, better known as Jack Swagger in WWE had won the Money In The Bank briefcase back in 2010 and was set to cash it in on John Cena to win the WWE Championship. However, it seems Cena refused to drop the title to Hager. Swagger went on to cash in on Jericho and win the World Heavyweight Championship.
Hager spoke to Talk Is Jericho, where he and Jericho revisited that story. Jericho revealed that he saw no problem in Vince McMahon changing plans so that he would have to drop the title to Hager. Then Jake Hager revealed that John Cena had a problem with it.
Cena simply did not want to lose the title and then Hager recalled how quickly the plan was made. Here is what he said:
“I had a little inclination, but I had no idea what was going to happen. The night before, I teased it on RAW where I would almost hit Cena with the briefcase. I snuck up on him and then we had one of his brilliant promo segments. Later come find out he refused to do the job for me for the World Championship, but we won’t talk about that. That was in Phoenix. I get a call that night saying, ‘hey come to Vegas.’ Catalina and I were already planning on coming there to kind of celebrate in Vegas and whatnot. We get to the building.”
“Of course, I get there 30 minutes earlier than I’m supposed to, so I’m waiting out in the hallway. And then I see Johnny (John Lauranitis) go in the office. Here you come [and] Edge comes, and I’m like, ‘okay, this is my turn. I’ll come in right behind you guys,’ and then the door shuts. It was about five minutes out there and who knows, you guys were probably just all in there laughing and joking like, ‘hey, this rookie’s out here sweating his ass off,’ and then I go in there. And honestly Chris, this is why I always look to you as someone I could trust, someone that actually cared is because when we sat in there, and it was laid out what was going to happen, you turn to me and very stoically, you told me, ‘you better not f*ck this up.’ And you were dead serious, and you were very sincere with it.”
“And it was one of those things, it always reminded me of my best wrestling coach. He would always yell at us. He’d always kick our ass. He was like, ‘guys, if I’m not yelling at you, I don’t care,’ and so immediately once you said that, I already looked at you very fondly. We were friends [and] had a good relationship, but from that moment on, I looked up to you. I knew that I could almost trust you. It was one of those moments of my career that I will always always remember.”
John Cena is no longer an active WWE Superstar as he has a busy career in Hollywood. On the other hand, Jake Hager is currently working in AEW as part of The Inner Circle with Chris Jericho. It is not known why Cena did not want to drop the title to Hager.