WWE is currently in the process of pushing young and deserving talent, something that World Wrestling Entertainment has not done in previous years. They have realized that their established and veteran stars are getting older, and these veteran stars that have entertained viewing audiences for the past decade are getting ready to retire. Some of these stars have already retired (Shawn Michaels), while other stars such as Triple H, Kane, Undertaker, Edge, Chris Jericho, Christian, and others, are either in their early 40’s or late 30’s and are only a few years away from their retirement. For this reason, WWE has started pushing their younger and mostly unknown stars, to try to make them into the next big thing. These rising superstars will be the future of the WWE for years to come and I decided to write articles about who these rising superstars are and what to expect from them in the future:
Rising Superstar: Jack Swagger
Biography About This Rising Superstar: Jake Hager, better known as Jack Swagger, was born on March 24, 1982 in Perry, Oklahoma. Swagger was a supreme athlete in college, and played football in the University of Oklahoma before switching to wrestling full-time in his sophomore year. Swagger excelled as an amateur wrestler, becoming a two-time All-American and setting a record for most pins in a single season. Swagger met Jim Ross as a junior in college, and was awarded with a WWE contract after having a try-out match. Swagger wrestled in the OVW and FCW development territories for roughly three years, before being called up to wrestle on WWE television on the ECW brand. Swagger has been with the WWE for the past three years and currently competes on the SmackDown brand.
Accomplishments in the WWE: In Swagger’s three years in the WWE, he has already accomplished more than most veteran wrestlers accomplish in their entire careers. Just four months after making his debut on the ECW brand, Swagger defeated Matt Hardy and won the brand’s top honor, the ECW Championship. Swagger held the title for over three months before dropping the belt to Christian. Swagger’s next accomplishment happened earlier this year when he won the Money in the Bank ladder match at WrestleMania 26. Swagger did not wait long to cash in his shot at a world championship, cashing in the briefcase on the next episode of SmackDown, taking advantage of a beaten-down Chris Jericho, and becoming World Heavyweight Champion for the first time.
Current Position in the WWE: At this very moment, Jack Swagger is in a mid-card level position, mostly feuding with other mid-card level superstars. Swagger is only eight months removed from winning his first world championship, and has been featured on Raw and SmackDown the last few months, competing against other rising superstars, like Daniel Bryan and Kofi Kingston. While Swagger has been a main eventer earlier this year for a few months, he has to get used to his current spot in the mid-card spot. Swagger has been shown on nearly every SmackDown episode since he won the title from Chris Jericho in March and has been able to get over with the crowd as a heel. Swagger is one of the few remaining heels on the SmackDown brand right now, along with Alberto Del Rio and Cody Rhodes, to name a few.
Why Jack Swagger is a Rising Superstar: The main reason why Swagger is one of the rising superstars in wrestling today is because he was born to be a wrestler. As stated earlier in this article, Swagger is a supreme athlete and would excel in any sport he played. Swagger chose wrestling over football and became a collegiate amateur wrestler at the University of Oklahoma. He is compared to Olympic Gold Medalist Kurt Angle when it comes to true wrestling ability, and there is no one in the WWE who could out-wrestle him on the mat. Swagger could beat you in a variety of different ways, whether it be by submission with his ankle lock, or by pinfall with his finisher, the Gutwrench Powerbomb. Swagger is continually improving and it is only a matter of time before he returns to the main event scene.
What to Expect in the Future from Jack Swagger: Swagger has one of, if not the brightest future in the WWE. Swagger has all the tools to be a future main eventer and he has proved that he could hang with the big boys, giving great matches against Randy Orton, Edge, Chris Jericho, Kane, Rey Mysterio, and others. In the years to come, you can expect Jack Swagger to get back to the main event spotlight and to win multiple world championships, becoming one of the best heels in the entire WWE. But for the time being, Swagger will probably stay in the mid-card spot for the next few months to a year. You can expect Swagger to win his first mid-card title, being either the United States Championship or the Intercontinental title.