The 16-time World Champion John Cena has been alleged on multiple occasions of ‘burying’ young talents and it seems it includes Jake Hager(formerly known as Jack Swagger in WWE).
Jake Hager opens up on John Cena
Jake Hager had a stint with WWE under the gimmick of an All-American athlete with a collegiate wrestling background from Oklahoma. Jake impressed with his physical attributes. This led to Hager winning multiple championships and accolades in the WWE. However, he requested his release in 2017 which was granted by the company. Jake later signed with WWE’s rival, AEW in 2019 and since then has been competing for Tony Khan’s promotion.
The former All-American American was in the middle of a monster push in 2010, that led to Hager capturing the opportunist Money in the Bank briefcase at WrestleMania 26. Jake Hager tried to cash it in on John Cena the very next night, but retreated after being overpowered by the Cenation Leader. Later on, he successfully cashed it in on Chris Jericho two days later to become the World Heavyweight Champion.
During an appearance on Talk is Jericho podcast, Hager claimed that Cena bluntly refused to drop the title to him:
“The night before [Hager’s cash-in on Jericho], 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.”