Ex-WWE Superstar Jack Swagger, Who Once Pitched A Shoot Fight To WWE, Signs 6-Fight Deal With Bellator
Hager, now 35, officially left WWE in March of 2017 after working for the company for over 10 years. In his time with WWE, Hager won the World Heavyweight Championship, ECW Championship, United States Championship and Money in the Bank.
However, it is Hager’s credentials that he forged PRIOR to joining WWE that are what he will be relying on as he follows Bobby Lashley, C.M. Punk and Dave Bautista from pro wrestling to mixed martial arts.
While at the University of Oklahoma, Hager was an All-American in wrestling and set the school’s single-season record for most pins in the 285 pound weight class. It was those skills that led Hager at one point to pitch the idea of doing a shoot (real) fight to the WWE.
Speaking to MMA Fighting, Hager explained what went down…
“For the longest time there, I felt like I was literally the toughest guy in the locker room,” Hager told Ariel Helwani on a recent edition of The MMA Hour. “Yet, I would go out there and have two-minute matches with guys that couldn’t hold my jock. It even got to the point where I pitched to them, I was like, ‘Look, I got something to prove. You guys are a great platform. Let me prove it. Pick the fighter — I’ll fight anybody. Put them on your show and I’ll fight them.’ They didn’t really want to go down that route.”