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Discussion in 'General MMA Forum' started by Sakara=Excitement, Nov 13, 2017.
Bellator signs former WWE champion, college wrestling standout Jake "Swagger" Hager
I bet he does better than C.M. Punk.
Put him in the 8 man tournament!
Give him to Fedor!
He needs better competition than that.
Swagger's got the amateur background, athleticism and a ton of size, but the word going around about five or so years ago was that when his LAST WWE contract was to expire, he wanted to MMA and that was when he was in his early 30s, but he took the guaranteed money to stay with WWE and eventually just floundered and became mid-card wallpaper. Word was that he should've pulled the trigger and done MMA back then, to most optimize his strengths and have time to develop, but this should be interesting and is such a Sakakibara move lol.
Thing is, for the scrutiny and criticism bringing in "fake" pro wrestlers gets, Swagger's not a superstar draw, he won't hype or promo to anything close to the quality needed to move ratings or get the attention from a curious pro wrestling audience like a Lashley or Punk would, but Swagger has more business doing MMA than Punk did by a mile.
I don't think he'll get ghosted as badly as Punk(who had no business fighting at that level with his lack of background/training) and Swagger's got some tools to make something out of this, but he's got a lot going against him here.
wow he is 35
They waited until he got fat to sign him?