Last night’s RAW may have signaled the end of the line for a former world champion.
The All-American American, Jack Swagger, informed RAW general manager AJ Lee that he was going to be taking some extended personal time off because he was better than he has been for the past several months.
Speculation has led to rampant internet rumors regarding Swagger actually leaving the company once his contract expires.
Which begs the question, did Swagger end up getting a raw deal on RAW? Or Smackdown for that matter?
Let’s state the facts, Swagger is an incredibly talented performer. He has a legitimate wrestling background, finishing in the top 10 at the NCAA Championships in 2006 while at the University of Oklahoma.
He is a former world champion, having won the ECW World title in early 2009. He then won the World Heavyweight Championship in March 2010 after cashing in his Money In the Bank briefcase he won just days earlier.
Swagger also defeated Zack Ryder in January of this year to win the United States Championship.
But since losing that title to Santino Marella in March, Swagger’s career took an abrupt turn into obscurity. Riding a nearly nine month long losing streak into last night’s RAW, Swagger was again defeated, this time by World Heavyweight Champion Sheamus.
Many have said that Swagger has not had a place in the company for awhile, but as Dolph Ziggler’s lackey, he actually excelled. It was during that time that he won the U.S. title, and he seemed to thrive while in the somewhat tenuous alliance.
Swagger’s also got the look. He’s big, incredibly powerful and very agile for a man 6'6" tall and 260 pounds. His mic work is average, but not terrible and he has always been able to carry himself in an interview.
But most importantly, Swagger has always done exactly what was asked of him. He has played the popular jock role. He has been a cocky heel that over-inflated his abilities.
He has also played the jobber to the stars role well lately. But with that role comes the thought that, even though Swagger had been losing a lot of late, he was still a legitimate threat to win a match. That is a trait that not many people in an enhancement-talent role can claim. And while Swagger was not technically such a performer, his win/loss record of late would suggest otherwise.
So what happens next for him? Is he simply going to wait out the rest of his contract and then go to TNA? Is TNA even an option at this point?
Would he be a draw for WWE’s biggest rival?
There are a lot of unanswered questions when it comes to Jack Swagger. But with his skill set, he certainly has the tools to succeed elsewhere and answer those questions definitively.