Jack Swagger
Professional wrestler
Jack Swagger
Jacob "Jake" Hager, Jr. is an American professional wrestler signed to WWE, better known by his ring name Jack Swagger. Hager attended the University of Oklahoma as a two sport athlete, participating in both football and wrestling. He switched to wrestling full-time in his sophomore year, and in 2006, set the record for most pins in a season with 30 as an All-American. Following a try-out, Hager signed a WWE contract in mid-2006.
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WWE Royal Rumble 2014 Match Time and Statistics
Cageside Seats - about 3 years
Let's break down some numbers from the 2014 Royal Rumble, shall we? The 2014 Royal Rumble match lasted 55 minutes and 9 seconds (55m 09s). This match featured Roman Reigns tossing out 12 superstars with ease before falling victim to Batista. This post includes all of the important numbers you need to know about the timing of the match. Here is a text graphic that displays much of the information discussed below, including a chronological listing of who the longest lasting men were at any given point in the match. The graphic provides a quick visual way to understand which wrestlers dominated the 2014 Royal Rumble match as time progressed, as well as seeing how crowded the ring was at any given point. And if you really want to dig deeper, the graphic also includes time stamps for when each wrestler stepped foot into the ring as well as time stamps for each wrestler's elimination. For comparison's sake, here are other versions of this gra ...
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Hi, My Name is: Week in Review
Cageside Seats - about 3 years
Let's take a look back at all the Cageside Evaluations you fine readers have delivered in the past week in "Hi, My Name Is", including a look at the likes of Jack Swagger, Vince McMahon, Kaitlyn, Bo Dallas, Jake Roberts, and Brock Lesnar. Another week down and we are into our second month of evaluations. Each week Cagsiders ReverendKain and Yourroleandyou have been nice enough to post their scores. I went through them and pulled out the more interesting pieces for discussion. Overall they didn't have any crazy opposite scores, every score was within a point or the same, so that's no fun...Jack! Both gave out five 5's over the month. Neither gave out a 1, Rev gave Nikki a 1.5 for the lowest grade. Hulk Hogan - Rev: 4 and Your: 5 Batista - Rev: 4 and Your: 3 Shield - Your: Gave all 4's. No favorites or least favorites? John Cena - Rev: 5 and Your: 4 Miz - Both gave a 3, explain yourselves! :) Thanks guys, with the newer .5 scale I'm sure next month will have ...
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Preview for the October 7, 2013 episode of WWE Raw: Hunter's Crossing
Cageside Seats - over 3 years
What you need to know There is still no WWE champion. After weeks of indentured servitude and abuse at the hands of Chief Operating Officer (COO) HHH and especially his wife Stephanie McMahon, Big Show snapped last night at Battleground. The title was already held in abeyance due to suspicions of referee impropriety at Night of Champions. And it remains there following Show knocking out everyone but the timekeeper from last night's main event between Daniel Bryan and Randy Orton to decide who would hold the gold. Show wasn't the only one who went off of The Game's script last night. Cody Rhodes and Goldust shocked the tag team champs and thrilled the world with an amazing victory that means their father keeps his job with WWE Developmental, and that they are both employed with the company again. At least for now... As Eddie Dane would say, Paul Heyman was only half-smart last night. Whether it was a distraction gone wrong or his emotions getting the better of him, ...
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WWE Night of Champions match card preview: Tag Team Turmoil
Cageside Seats - over 3 years
Tag Team Turmoil Tons of Funk vs. 3MB vs. The Real Americans vs. The Primetime Players vs. The Usos It will be a big night for two of the ten men in the free kick-off match for Night of Champions. In a gauntlet-style match where two tag teams will start off under traditional rules, with the winner immediately squaring off against a new set of challengers until only one team remains, the right to face tag team champions Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns of The Shield will be earned. The Road to Night of Champions Jimmy and Jey Uso have the most experience with the tag champs. They came up just short in a wild match against the Hounds of Justice on the streaming pre-show to July's Money in the Bank pay-per-view (PPV). Since then, they have stayed around the fringes of the title scene - including making the save for Dolph Ziggler and being booked in a six-man tag against HHH's enforcers this past Friday night on Smackdown - and feel like they may be ready to make the mov ...
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WWE Main Event spoilers and open thread for Aug. 21
Cageside Seats - over 3 years
WWE Main Event comes waltzing back into our lives tonight (Aug. 21, 2013) at 8 p.m. ET on ION Television from Bakersfield, California. As per usual, this episode was taped on Tuesday prior to the SmackDown tapings. In lieu of a live blog, we're going to hit you with spoilers for tonight's show while also providing an open thread for discussion once the broadcast goes live. - The Shield def. Usos & Kofi Kingston in your typical six-man tag match involving The Shield. The good news here is that Seth Rollins knee appears to be completely fine as he worked with no limitations. Plenty of near falls before they scored one more for the bad guys. - AJ Lee def. Naomi with the Black Widow in your typical Diva's match. I'm guessing we're seeing stuff like this for Total Divas. - Great Khali def. Jack Swagger, despite the fact that Antonio Cesaro and Zeb Colter were out. If you've read the SmackDown spoilers, then you know how bumbling and inept the Real Americans really are. ...
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WWE Money in the Bank Predictions and Preview: John Cena vs. Mark Henry, and more!
Cageside Seats - over 3 years
WWE returns to pay-per-view (PPV) tomorrow night (Sun., July 14, 2013) live from the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, with its Money in the Bank event starting at 7:30 p.m. ET with the free live streaming pre-show featuring The Shield vs. The Usos leading right on into the PPV main course at 8 p.m. ET. And it's a loaded line-up. John Cena and Mark Henry will be rumbling in the main event in a WWE championship match that looks like it could live up to the admittedly low expectations set for it. The rest of the line-up is solid as a brick, too. That includes the two Money in the Bank ladder matches (WWE title featuring CM Punk, Daniel Bryan, Rob Van Dam, Sheamus, Christian, Randy Orton and World title featuring Dean Ambrose, Antonio Cesaro, Jack Swagger, Damien Sandow, Cody Rhodes, Fandango, Wade Barrett), AJ Lee vs. Kaitlyn in a Diva's title match, Alberto Del Rio vs. Dolph Ziggler in a world heavyweight championship encounter, Curtis Axel defending his ...
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WWE Money in the Bank match previews: Featuring John Cena vs. Mark Henry, the All-Star Ladder Match for a WWE title shot and more!
Cageside Seats - over 3 years
Breaking down the 2013 edition of "Money in the Bank" with complete previews for every advertised match on the card. The show will feature John Cena vs. Mark Henry, Dolph Ziggler vs. Alberto Del Rio, two ladder matches for guaranteed title shots and more! Don't miss WWE's 2013 Money in the Bank pay-per-view (PPV). Live from the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, PA, the show is headlined by a WWE championship match, but is known for its signature ladder match. This year there are TWO - and All-Star version for a contract to challenge for the WWE title and a Futures line-up competing for a shot at the World Heavyweight Championship (WHC). The action starts Sunday, July 14 with a free streaming pre-show at 7:30PM ET/4:30PM PT, while the PPV broadcast will begin at 8PM ET/5PM PT. For all the ways to watch this annual event, consult your cable or satellite directory, or WWE.com. The show features Two of the eponymous concept matches, as seven six All-Stars (Daniel B ...
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Jack Swagger found guilty of DUI; fined and sentenced to 6 months probation
Cageside Seats - over 3 years
Do the crime, do the time. Or something like that. All the way back on Feb. 19, Jack Swagger was leaving a WWE SmackDown taping in Biloxi, Mississippi, when he was pulled over by police. He was then arrested for driving under the influence and possession of marijuana. His court date was set for today (June 25, 2013), where the prosecutor in the case, Kirk Clark, was pushing for the maximum penalty allowable under law, which was two days in jail, completion of victim impact classes, and fines totaling up to $1,900. Well, Swagger -- whose real name is Donald Hager -- was found guilty and received a sentence lighter than what Clark was hoping for. The Sun Herald has it: Wrestling superstar Jack Swagger was found guilty Tuesday of DUI other and speeding at a trial in Gulfport Municipal Court. Judge Felicia Dunn-Burke dismissed a possession charge. Swagger was sentenced to six months probation, $500 fine and court costs. A two-day jail sentence also was suspended. ...
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WWE 'Payback' Preview: Alberto Del Rio vs. Dolph Ziggler
Cageside Seats - over 3 years
World Heavyweight Championship Dolph Ziggler (c) vs. Alberto Del Rio Alberto Del Rio has beaten World Heavyweight Champion Dolph Ziggler numerous times when the odds have been fair. Will that happen once again tonight or will Dolph's entourage of AJ Lee and Big E Langston stack the decks in his favour again? The Road to Payback When Alberto Del Rio was World Heavyweight Champion earlier this year, Dolph Ziggler was his most frequent television opponent, defeating him by submission cleanly four times in a row. However, Ziggler's luck would change on the WrestleMania 29 fallout episode of Monday Night Raw. Taking advantage of Alberto Del Rio's ankle being softened up in a handicap match with Jack Swagger and Zeb Colter, Dolph cashed in his Money In The Bank briefcase and worked over the Mexican hero's injured limb before quickly pinning him with the Zig Zag in one of the best received World title switches in years. This was the beginning of a three way ...
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WWE Raw results and reactions from last night (June 10): Payback go home show
Cageside Seats - over 3 years
WWE returned to the USA network for Monday Night Raw last night (June 10, 2013) from the Richmond, Coliseum in Richmond, Virginia, featuring the go home show to the Payback pay-per-view (PPV) set for this Sunday night at the Allstate Arena in Chicago, Illinois. And it was a goodie. Click here for full results and the live blog from the show if you missed it. Let's get right to reactions. Remember, these were written as the show moved along with real time reactions to everything that occurred hour-by-hour. HOUR ONE They're actually going ahead with this match? That seems odd. Yep, they're really going along with it. Wait, here comes Vince McMahon, strutting and all. Oh, this is phenomenal. Vince tells him to ring the bell and Justin Roberts tell us it's a disqualification in favor of Curtis Axel. Triple H is pissed and this is awesome. Axel and Paul Heyman are literally pointing and laughing at Triple H. He's still undefeated. Oh god, it's gotten better. Trips tries a ...
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WWE Extreme Rules 2013 match card and line up
Cageside Seats - almost 4 years
WWE will return to pay-per-view (PPV) on Sun., May 19, 2013, when the promotion invades the Scottrade Center in St. Louis, Missouri, with its Extreme Rules event, the first show following the biggest event of the year, WrestleMania. That means it's at a disadvantage in numerous ways and that's show in the lead-up to the match card, which has two title bouts and a specialty attraction already booked but is suffering from an extreme lack of hype. Here's the current match card and line-up: - Brock Lesnar vs. Triple H in a steel cage match Although it hasn't been confirmed by anyone at WWE, rumor has it this is the planned main event for the show. It makes sense, considering their encounter at SummerSlam 2012 took precedence over the WWE championship match and that was when CM Punk was champion and could have a great match with Big Show and John Cena. The WWE title bout on this card isn't nearly as strong and Cena has been injured. Plus, this is the big blowoff to the Les ...
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WWE SmackDown Spoilers (Apr. 19): The Big Show
Cageside Seats - almost 4 years
WWE SmackDown returns to the SyFy channel this coming Friday night (April 19, 2013) from the Thompson-Boling Arena in Knoxville, TN where the show was taped along with tonight's episode of Main Event. That means full spoilers are readily available, if you're the impatient type who doesn't want to wait a couple days for the payoff. Unwrap that present early (courtesy 411Mania, among others): Michael Cole and JBL will be our commentary team for the evening's festivities, Lilian Garcia ring announcing of course. Fandango's set will be lowered, lit up with flares this time. His entrance will be greeted by a decent crowd pop, and they proceed to attempt their best 'Fandangoing' efforts, paying tribute to his now viral theme song, with the customary singing along to Chachalala. Fandango dances and makes a failed attempt to flirt with Lillian Garcia, who responds with a look of distaste. Therefore, Fandango of course insults her. Santino Marella vs. Fandango: Our italian funn ...
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Off the Top Rope: A Cagesider Podcast
Cageside Seats - almost 4 years
Editorial Note: This FanPodcast has been promoted to the front page and various sections within Cageside Seats for your enjoyment, Cagesiders! It is however, solely a production created by Fans for Fans, so please remember, the opinions expressed therein are solely the subjective opinions of "Mike & Rex" (as Cageside Seats readers) and do not necessarily reflect the views of Cageside Seats Management, Editors or Staff. ``````````````````````````````````````````` The premiere edition of "Off The Top Rope" (A Cagesider's Pro Wrestling Podcast - made for you by fans like you) was made available to you last night (Feb. 28) by none-other-than your fellow Cagesiders Mike aka 'vfn' & Rex "Buckeye Brawler" Ivanovic. Each episode features the guys discussing the latest pro wrestling news and goings-on of note in the pro wrestling world. Plus, they review a classic professional wrestling event! Their inaugural episode of "Off the Top Rope" features chatter from Mike &am ...
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Tea Party-Inspired, Anti-Latino Wrestling Villain Riles Conservatives
Huffington Post - about 4 years
World Wrestling Entertainment is catching flack from conservatives for re-casting one of its fighters as an anti-Latino, Tea Party-inspired villain. The crowd booed “Jack Swagger,” a character styled as an all-American blonde who really likes the Constitution, as he delivered a patriotic speech from the ring. (Watch the video above.) His partner Zeb Colter then goes off on an anti-immigrant rant aimed at Swagger’s Latino opponent, World Heavyweight Champion Alberto del Rio. The two are set to face off at Wrestlemania 29 in April. “I see people with faces not like mine,” Colters says. “I see people that I don’t even know what they’re saying. They can’t even talk to me. And I look around and I think, where did all these people come from? But most importantly I think, how do we get rid of ‘em?” Conservative websites including The Blaze, Breitbart and Twitchy took offense to the storyline and the portrayal of Tea Partyers as racist. “WWE is creating drama cent ...
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Elimination Chamber match official for Feb. 17 PPV but participants not finalized
Cageside Seats - about 4 years
Last week's episode of Friday Night SmackDown featured a bizarre announcement that there would be an Elimination Chamber match at the pay-per-view (PPV) of the same name on Feb. 17, 2013, at the New Orleans Arena in New Orleans, Louisiana, with a shot at the world heavyweight championship on the line. It seemed the six participants for the match were also clear based on who was involved in the announcement but Booker T suddenly started talking about people needing to impress him in matches to get in. By the end of the episode, nothing was made official. This continued on Monday Night Raw just last night in Atlanta but this time, a few of the entrants in the match have actually been revealed. From the WWE.com article previewing the match: More than anything, that is the question that will hover over the Elimination Chamber Sunday, Feb. 17, when six Superstars converge beneath the unforgiving steel to determine the No. 1 contender for the World Heavyweight Championshi ...
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Jack Swagger
  • 2016
    Age 33
    On July 19 at the 2016 WWE draft, Swagger was drafted to the Raw brand.
    More Details Hide Details On the September 12 episode of Raw, Swagger faced Jinder Mahal in a losing effort. After the match, Tom Phillips revealed to Swagger that his "Raw contract" expired soon, in which Swagger ignored Phillips and walked away. The following night he switched brands on SmackDown Live interrupting Baron Corbin, stating that he has signed exclusively to the brand.
    On January 24, 2016 at Royal Rumble, during the kick-off show, Swagger teamed with Mark Henry in a winning effort against the teams of Darren Young and Damien Sandow, The Dudley Boyz and The Ascension.
    More Details Hide Details As a result of the win, Swagger qualified for the Royal Rumble match itself during the main show; entering as the 24th entrant, only to be quickly eliminated by Brock Lesnar lasting only 29 seconds. At Roadblock, Swagger would be defeated by Chris Jericho. At WrestleMania 32, Swagger would compete in the Andre The Giant Memorial Battle Royal, which was won by Baron Corbin. On the June 6 episode of Raw, Swagger faced long-time rival Rusev in Swagger's home state of Oklahoma in a losing effort via count-out after he was shoved into Titus O'Neil, who was on commentary, at the count of nine. After the match, Swagger attacked Rusev before leading the crowd in a "We the People" chant. On the July 4 episode of Raw, Swagger was part of the main-event, where he teamed with "Team USA", which consisted of himself, Big Show, Kane, Apollo Crews, Mark Henry, Zack Ryder and The Dudley Boyz (Bubba Ray Dudley and D-Von Dudley), in a 16-man elimination tag team match, in which their team was victorious over "The Multinational Alliance", which consisted of Kevin Owens, Chris Jericho, Sami Zayn, Cesaro, Sheamus, Alberto Del Rio and The Lucha Dragons (Kalisto and Sin Cara).
  • 2015
    Age 32
    At 2015 Tribute to the Troops, Swagger defeated Rusev by submission in a "Boot Camp" match.
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    After being constricted to Main Event and Superstars throughout all of 2015, On the November 2 episode of Raw, Swagger encountered his former manager Zeb Colter, only to be interrupted by the returning Alberto Del Rio.
    More Details Hide Details This started a feud between the two, which culminated at TLC: Tables, Ladders and Chairs with Swagger challenging Del Rio for the WWE United States Championship in a Chairs match, which Del Rio won.
    On January 25, 2015 at Royal Rumble, Swagger competed in the Royal Rumble match, but was eliminated by Big Show.
    More Details Hide Details At WrestleMania 31, Swagger participated in the 2nd Annual André the Giant Memorial Battle Royal, in which he was unsuccessful. Swagger then appeared on Main Event and Superstars, defeating the likes of Stardust, The Miz, Adam Rose and Heath Slater.
  • 2014
    Age 31
    Swagger would enter the 2014 Royal Rumble match at entrant #7 but was eliminated by Kevin Nash.
    More Details Hide Details On the February 14 episode of SmackDown, Swagger became the #1 Contender for the Intercontinental Championship after winning a Fatal 4-Way match, defeating Kofi Kingston, Rey Mysterio and Mark Henry. However, Swagger would advance to Elimination Chamber, where he would face the current Intercontinental Champion, Big E, and would lose the match. During the pre-show of WrestleMania XXX, the Real Americans were the final team eliminated during a fatal-four-way match for the WWE Tag Team Championship. Swagger blamed Cesaro for the loss and put Cesaro in the Patriot Lock before Colter demanded that the duo shake hands. Cesaro instead retaliated with a Cesaro Swing on Swagger. Later during the pay-per-view, Cesaro was a surprise entrant in the André the Giant Memorial Battle Royal, which he won by last eliminating Big Show by body slamming him out of the ring, which mirrored Hulk Hogan's momentous body slam of André. Swagger retaliated by attacking Cesaro on the following Raw and then destroying the trophy, thus ending the stable.
  • 2013
    Age 30
    On the February 1, 2013 episode of SmackDown, Swagger returned, and demanded that SmackDown General Manager Booker T put him in the Elimination Chamber match at Elimination Chamber.
    More Details Hide Details Later on that night, Swagger made his in-ring return by defeating Kofi Kingston. On the February 11 episode of Raw, Swagger debuted a new manager, Zeb Colter, a self-proclaimed great American hero who strongly advocated anti-immigration beliefs; Swagger's character was influenced by Colter to display similar traits. That same episode, Swagger defeated Zack Ryder to qualify for the Elimination Chamber match that would determine the number one contender for the World Heavyweight Championship which he also won after last eliminating Randy Orton. On February 19, Fox News and various right-wing commentators including Glenn Beck claimed that Swagger and Colter's characters were a mockery of the Tea Party movement meant to "demonize" the Tea Party. WWE responded to the criticism by stating that they were incorporating "current events into their storylines" to "create compelling and relevant content for their audience" and that "this storyline in no way represents WWE’s political point of view". WWE followed by having Swagger and Colter break character during a video to invite Beck to appear on Raw while justifying that the storyline was designed to elicit a crowd response for the protagonist, Alberto Del Rio, and the antagonists, Swagger and Colter, while remaining within a PG rating, unlike several high-rated scripted dramas that use murder and rape in their storylines. Beck rejected the invitation. On the March 18 episode of Raw, Swagger broke the ankle of Del Rio's ring announcer Ricardo Rodriguez after Rodriguez tried to save Del Rio from Swagger's vicious assault.
  • 2012
    Age 29
    On the January 16, 2012, episode of Raw, Swagger won the United States Championship for the first time by defeating Zack Ryder.
    More Details Hide Details At Elimination Chamber, Swagger successfully defended his title against Justin Gabriel. On the February 27 episode of Raw, Swagger and Ziggler unsuccessfully challenged Primo and Epico for the WWE Tag Team Championship in a triple threat tag team match, also involving Kofi Kingston and R-Truth. On the March 5 episode of Raw, Swagger lost the United States Championship to Santino Marella. On the following episode of SmackDown, Swagger failed to regain the United States Championship in a steel cage match, after Marella escaped through the cage door. On the March 19 episode of Raw, Swagger was announced as a member of Team Johnny at WrestleMania XXVIII. On the April 2 episode of Raw, Swagger and Ziggler unsuccessfully challenged Marella for the United States Championship in a triple threat match. In May, Swagger and Ziggler unsuccessfully challenged Kofi Kingston and R-Truth for WWE Tag Team Championship, first at Over the Limit and second on the May 28 episode of Raw. On the June 11 episode of Raw, Swagger and Ziggler competed in a fatal four way elimination match for a number one contenders spot to the World Heavyweight Championship; however, he was eliminated after Ziggler pinned him. The following week, Guerrero, finally tired of the bickering between Swagger and Ziggler, arranged for a match between them; Ziggler won the match, thus ending their partnership.
  • 2011
    Age 28
    On April 26, Swagger was drafted to the Raw brand as part of the 2011 supplemental draft.
    More Details Hide Details On May 1 at Extreme Rules, Swagger teamed with Cole to defeat Jerry Lawler and Jim Ross in a Country Whipping match. Swagger ended his partnership with Cole on the May 16 episode of Raw, after Cole insulted him. Beginning on May 23, Swagger feuded with Evan Bourne, with both men trading victories on several episodes of Raw. At Capitol Punishment, Bourne defeated Swagger to end the feud. Swagger competed in his second Money in the Bank ladder match at the Money in the Bank pay-per-view, however he was unsuccessful as the match was won by Alberto Del Rio. On the August 15 episode of Raw, after defeating Alex Riley, Swagger suggested to Vickie Guerrero that she should manage multiple clients, in the vein of managers like Bobby Heenan and Freddie Blassie. The following week, Swagger had a "tryout" match, but was distracted by Guerrero arguing with Dolph Ziggler at ringside, and lost the match. Swagger and Ziggler continued to fight over Guerrero for the next few weeks, which led to a match being for Ziggler's United States Championship at Night of Champions, also involving Riley and John Morrison. At the pay-per-view, Swagger was unsuccessful in winning the title as Ziggler retained. On the September 19 episode of Raw, Guerrero agreed to manage Swagger. As a result, Swagger and Ziggler formed an alliance, with Swagger helping Ziggler retain his championship. At both the Hell in a Cell and Vengeance pay-per-views, Swagger and Ziggler unsuccessfully challenged Air Boom (Evan Bourne and Kofi Kingston) for the WWE Tag Team Championship.
  • 2010
    Age 27
    Hager married Catalina White in December 2010.
    More Details Hide Details The couple had their first child, son Knox Sterling, on October 17, 2011. On May 18, 2015, the couple had their second child, daughter Presley Pearl. On February 19, 2013, Hager was arrested in Gulfport, Mississippi after a SmackDown taping. He was charged with driving under the influence and drug possession. Hager was released after the arrest and was ordered to appear in court on March 12, 2013. He was then scheduled to stand trial on June 25, 2013 in Mississippi. The marijuana charge was dismissed after he was fined $500, and sentenced to six months probation with his two-day jail sentence being suspended.
    In late 2010, Swagger began being accompanied to the ring by his mascot, the Swagger Soaring Eagle, who was portrayed by Chavo Guerrero.
    More Details Hide Details At TLC: Tables, Ladders and Chairs, Swagger competed in a triple threat ladder match for the Intercontinental Championship against Kofi Kingston and champion Dolph Ziggler, in which Ziggler retained. On the February 28 episode of Raw, Swagger was announced as Michael Cole's trainer for his match at WrestleMania XXVII against Jerry Lawler. On the March 28 episode of Raw, Swagger faced Lawler in a singles match, which he won by disqualification after Lawler attacked him with a steel chair. At WrestleMania, Swagger receive a Stone Cold Stunner from the guest referee, Stone Cold Steve Austin when attempting to withdraw Cole from the match. Cole went on to win the match via disqualification.
    Swagger cashed in the contract during the SmackDown taping on March 30, 2010, after then World Heavyweight Champion Chris Jericho had been speared by Edge.
    More Details Hide Details Swagger went on to defeat Jericho to win the World Heavyweight Championship for the first time. Following his championship win, Swagger began to develop a more serious persona: previously he had been known for doing pushups and beating his chest during his ring entrance. He successfully defended his championship against Edge and Jericho in a triple threat match on the April 16 episode of SmackDown, and against Randy Orton in an Extreme Rules match at the Extreme Rules pay-per-view. At Over the Limit, Swagger retained the title against The Big Show by intentionally disqualifying himself. At the Fatal 4-Way pay-per-view on June 20, Swagger lost the championship to Rey Mysterio in a fatal four-way match, also involving CM Punk and The Big Show. Following the Fatal 4-Way pay-per-view, Swagger began attacking Mysterio in the lead up to his rematch at the Money in the Bank pay-per-view in July, however he failed to regain the championship.
    On the March 1, 2010 episode of Raw, Swagger defeated Santino Marella to qualify for the Money in the Bank ladder match at WrestleMania XXVI, where he won, earning a contract for any WWE world championship over the following year.
    More Details Hide Details On the first episode of Raw following WrestleMania, Swagger tried to cash in his Money in the Bank contract against the WWE Champion John Cena, but changed his mind when he realized that Cena was not incapacitated enough to be defeated easily. As the match had never started, Swagger retained the contract for use at a future date.
  • 2009
    Age 26
    On June 29, 2009, Swagger was traded to the Raw brand, making his debut as part of a three-on-one gauntlet match against WWE Champion Randy Orton, in which he got himself purposely counted out in order to make an impression on Orton.
    More Details Hide Details On the July 13 episode of Raw, he won his first match on the brand by defeating Montel Vontavious Porter (MVP). He then feuded with MVP for several weeks, culminating at SummerSlam, in a match that MVP won. After his short feud with MVP ended, Swagger began pursuing the United States Championship. He had his first singles match for the championship on September 21 against Kofi Kingston, but lost the match by countout after stealing the championship belt and leaving the arena with it, although Kingston later took it back while Swagger was in a physical confrontation with The Miz. Swagger made another unsuccessful attempt at the championship at the Hell in a Cell pay-per-view in a triple threat match against Kingston and The Miz. On January 31 at the Royal Rumble, Swagger entered at number 26 in the Royal Rumble match, but was later eliminated by Kofi Kingston.
    In 2009, on the January 13 episode of ECW, Swagger defeated Hardy to win his first title in WWE, the ECW Championship.
    More Details Hide Details His undefeated streak in singles competition ended on the February 3 episode of ECW when he lost to Finlay in a non-title match. After successfully defending his title against Hardy at the Royal Rumble and Finlay at No Way Out, Swagger began a feud with the returning Christian, to whom he lost the ECW Championship at Backlash, which ended his 104-day reign as champion. He attempted to regain the championship title in a singles match against Christian at Judgment Day and in a triple threat hardcore match at Extreme Rules, but was unsuccessful in both attempts. His attempt to win the ECW Championship at The Bash in an ECW Championship Scramble also failed.
  • 2008
    Age 25
    On September 9, 2008, Hager made his debut on the ECW brand under the ring name Jack Swagger, winning a match against a local competitor.
    More Details Hide Details He immediately established himself as a heel by starting a feud with Tommy Dreamer. He attacked Dreamer on the September 23 episode of ECW, when Dreamer attempted to stop Swagger from attacking Chase Stevens. He later defeated Dreamer in a wrestling match and an "Amateur Wrestling Challenge" competition. After weeks of feuding, their rivalry ended in November in an Extreme Rules match, which Swagger won to extend his undefeated streak in ECW. He then sought to challenge Matt Hardy for the ECW Championship and was named the number one contender on the December 30 episode of ECW.
    During this time, Hager had a gimmick of having an undefeated streak in FCW. His first loss came in the form of a Raw dark match, at the TV taping on August 18, 2008, when he lost to William Regal.
    More Details Hide Details He also lost to D'Lo Brown in a dark match, before defeating Jamie Noble in a dark match prior to a SmackDown taping on August 29. He then lost the FCW Florida Heavyweight Championship to Sheamus O'Shaunessy on September 18, after debuting for the ECW brand.
    On March 22, 2008, Hager went against the FCW Southern Heavyweight Champion Heath Miller in New Port Richey, Florida to determine the true Heavyweight Champion.
    More Details Hide Details Both championships were on the line, and Hager defeated Miller to become the undisputed heavyweight champion in FCW. He later defended the championship against Miller, TJ Wilson, James Curtis, and Gabe Tuft.
  • 2007
    Age 24
    In August 2007, Hager was reassigned to Florida Championship Wrestling (FCW), where he began a feud with TJ Wilson.
    More Details Hide Details On February 15, 2008, at the Florida State Fair in Tampa, Florida, Hager and Ted DiBiase Jr. were the final two men remaining in a 23-man battle royal to determine the two contenders for the FCW Florida Heavyweight Championship. Hager then defeated DiBiase to become champion.
    He competed mainly in dark matches before being moved to Ohio Valley Wrestling (OVW) in January 2007.
    More Details Hide Details He debuted for the promotion by defeating Atlas DaBone, and in the following months began a feud with K.C. James. Hager began teaming with a multitude of opponents to feud with James and his tag team partner Cassidy James. During his time in the developmental territories he appeared as a security guard during a brawl between John Cena and Umaga on Raw.
  • 2006
    Age 23
    In 2006, Hager had a WWE tryout in Deep South Wrestling (DSW), and in September 2006, under his real name, he made his in-ring debut for DSW, defeating Antonio Mestre in a dark match.
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  • 2005
    Age 22
    At the 2005 NCAA Division I championships, he lost to University of Pennsylvania's Matt Feast in the second round, and did not place. As a senior in 2006, Hager had a seventh-place finish in the NCAA championships and also defeated the future national champion, Dustin Fox from Northwestern University.
    More Details Hide Details Hager was named an All-American at season's end while setting the Oklahoma record for most pins in a single season with 30. In 2006, Hager graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a Bachelor's degree in finance. Following his graduation, he was going to work with a firm in Dallas, Texas, but signed with WWE after they offered a contract the day he was scheduled to start.
  • 1982
    Born on March 24, 1982.
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