The WWE roster is filled with “superstars” at every level. There are the main roster guys who regularly appear on Raw and SmackDown, those who are used as glorified jobbers and those who are barely used at all. In this new series of pieces, we will take an individual wrestler barely used and decide if they are worth keeping or should they be let go. Following on from Heath Slater, Johnny ‘Fandango’ Curtis and Brad Maddox, today we decide if we Book or Cook Jack Swagger.
Craig: Timing is everything, we decided to do this post before Zeb Colter returned at Hell in a Cell. But ominously, certainly for Swagger, Coulter has returned without Swagger who remains outta site and, for most, outta mind.
I think I’d be really worried if I was Jack Swagger. For me he’s like a modern day Marty Jannetty in the respect that he gets brought back but always seems to make a mess of things and goes away again. Whether it’s a DUI bust as he’s en route to a potential WrestleMania main event or injuring superstars, he hasn’t had the best of runs. There’s also the infamous story of him falling asleep during a meeting with creative.
There’s plenty to do with him, though. I mean he’s athletic and has “the look” that WWE tends to often go for but is it more a thing about how many more chances can they give him that determines his future?
Brian: I think the writing is pretty much on the wall as it pertains to Jack Swagger. He’s had his opportunities and as Craig already pointed out…blew most of them due to his own mistakes. Now that Uncle Zeb Colter has aligned himself with Alberto Del Rio, it makes it even more apparent that Swagger will be cooked sooner or later. A real shame considering this was Jim Ross’ last big signing as Head of Talent Relations with the WWE. Maybe Swagger can go down to NXT and retool himself…maybe start a tag team with an NXTer. If not, I just don’t see any other use for him.
Craig: I’d have never minded a programme between him and Cesaro. It would have led to athletic encounters but I just can’t help wonder if the WWE doesn’t really trust Swagger now. If that is indeed the case, is it game over for him?
Brian: I think it is…Swagger is truly lost in the shuffle. He needs a mouthpiece and now that Zeb has moved on to Alberto Del Rio what is there for Swagger to do? Sure, he could join DelRio and Colter and form a Mex-America faction but I think ultimately, it is time to cook Jack Swagger from the WWE roster.
Craig: Unless there is a surprise intervention from one of the others with a very creative idea for Swagger, I sense there will be a significant amount of consensus on this one.
It’s not that I think Swagger is a bad worker or anything, I just don’t think he’s shown he wants it nor is there something terribly obvious for him to do.
The grouping with Del Rio and Zeb isn’t too far fetched but Del Rio has only limited dates and would you waste those on appearing with Swagger. Plus, I fear it’d drag Swagger down. Del Rio looks like a superstar, Swagger does not.
You can read all previous Book or Cook? pieces here.