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Jack Swagger Stats and Bio

 

Jacob "Jake" Hager (born March 24, 1982)[4] is an American professional wrestler, currently signed to World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE), where he works under the name Jack Swagger on the Raw brand.[3]

Before debuting on the ECW brand, Hager worked in the WWE developmental territory Florida Championship Wrestling (FCW), where he was the inaugural FCW Florida Heavyweight Champion. In WWE, he is a one-time world heavyweight champion having won the ECW Championship in January 2009.[5]


Hager was recruited to the University of Oklahoma as a two-sport athlete. Hager played football, and was the second string defensive tackle behind current National Football League players, Tommie Harris and Dusty Dvoracek.[2] Due to his high-school wrestling background, he was asked to join the wrestling team in his sophomore year as a heavyweight, and switched over full-time.[1][2] During his junior year, he met Jim Ross, who was then World Wrestling Entertainment's Head of Talent Relations, and Ross encouraged Hager to contact him after graduating.[6] In 2006, as an All-American wrestler, he set the single season record for most pins at 30, and graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a Bachelor's Degree in Finance.[6]

 

In 2006, Hager had a WWE tryout in Deep South Wrestling, and in September 2006, Hager made his in-ring debut for Deep South Wrestling defeating Antonio Mestre in a dark match.[1][6] He competed mainly in dark matches, before being moved to Ohio Valley Wrestling in January 2007.[7] He debuted for by defeating Atlas DaBone (Richard Young), and in the following months began a feud with K.C. James (Kurt Sellers).[8][9][10] Hager began teaming with a multitude of opponents to feud with James and his tag team partner Cassidy James (Cassidy O'Reilly).[11][12]

In August 2007, Hager was reassigned to Florida Championship Wrestling, where he began a feud with TJ Wilson.[1][13][14] 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 to become the first-ever FCW Florida Heavyweight Champion. Hager then defeated DiBiase to become champion.[15][16]

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.[17] Both titles were on the line and Hager defeated Miller to become the undisputed heavyweight champion in Florida Championship Wrestling.[15][17]

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 (Darren Matthews).[18]


 
Jack Swagger during a matchOn September 9, 2008, Hager made his debut on the ECW brand under the ring name Jack Swagger, winning a match against a local competitor.[19] He quickly established himself as a villain when he didn't let the referee hold up his arm after the win and later started a feud with ECW Original Tommy Dreamer by attacking him after Dreamer had saved Chase Stevens from Mike Knox (Michael Hettinga).[20] He later defeated Dreamer in a wrestling match[21] and an "All American Challenge" competition.[22] After weeks of feuding, they would finally end their rivalry in an Extreme Rules match, which Swagger won to extend his undefeated streak.[23]

He then set his sights on Matt Hardy's ECW Championship and was named the number one contender on the December 30, 2008, edition of ECW. On the January 13, 2009, episode of ECW, Swagger defeated Hardy to win his first title in WWE, the ECW Championship.[5] His undefeated streak in singles competition ended on the February 3 episode of ECW when he lost to Finlay in a non-title match.[24] 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, ending his reign as champion at 104 days.[2][25] After losing the title, he attempted to regain the championship in a triple threat hardcore match at Extreme Rules, but was unsuccessful.[26] Swagger attempted to win the ECW Championship again at The Bash in a ECW Championship Scramble, however, he did not succeed.[27]

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.[28] On the July 13 episode of Raw, he won his first match on the brand by defeating Montel Vontavious Porter.

 

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