Jack Swagger Comments On Leaving The WWE, Working With Dutch Mantell...
Updated: Aug 15
In a recent interview with The Two Man Power Trip Of Wrestling, former World Heavyweight Champion Jack Swagger spoke on some noteworthy topics, here are some highlights.
Swagger commented on his recent departure from the WWE.
"The main thing was my contract wasn't up until January '18 and they picked up an option (which they only had the option for) I didn't have any control over it and they picked it up and extended it for another year. The timing of when they did that was when they took Dutch (Zeb Colter) away from me and put him with Alberto, so it was kind of like a two-fold punch in the face. About six months after that I felt like I needed to renegotiate and it was now the brand split again and moving me back to Smackdown, so I was thinking maybe we are going to do something and for whatever reason they didn't like me over there so I said lets push the contract negotiations. Pretty much they told me that I deserved a raise and they wanted to sign me for another five years and into my 40s. What they were offering and what I had averaged over the decade that I had worked for them was way off. So after ten years with the company, I needed a change and like I said earlier I need to journey out and become the best professional wrestler I can but also I needed a change to make them miss me and want me back. I need to make them want me and the main thing is they were not growing my brand anymore. Bottom line. It happens and you can get angry about it but it is all business and it is all dollars. I was angry for a long time but once this all came down and I looked at it as a business decision so I understood their side, understood my side and we left on good terms and it is just something we had to do. I look forward to getting out there and showing everyone ALL of the Jack Swagger brand not just what they wanted to show you guys."
Swagger comments on what it was like for him to work with Dutch Mantell (Zeb Colter).
"It was one of the biggest honors of my career for me to drive him for two years and to listen to him complain about my driving (laughing) for two years. But it was such a blessing and such an honor to listen to this guy. The first show we did together and if you know Dutch you are going to believe this. We wrestled our match right before intermission and Taker had come by and we were talking with him and I was watching the rest of the matches and Dutch was ready to go and get on the road. I said that they kind of want us to stay here and watch all of the matches out of respect and Dutch said: "Respect? Well don't you want to learn? You can learn more from me riding in the car in thirty minutes than you will in two hours watching matches, I promise you." After that we got done wrestling and we got in the car and that is just the way it was. Dutch isn't a cocky person but he knows what he is talking about and after that I laughed and I never doubted him."
Swagger talks on the best advice Mantell ever game him.
"That is a great question. There is so much he gives without even most people picking up on it. One of the biggest things with me was if you watched my career I'm 6'4'' and 270 pounds but I move very well and I like to wrestle almost like a smaller guy than I am so when he came aboard he saw that right away and he always worked with me on protecting my size and protecting myself. You can do so much more when you can work the size that you are and he really helped me on that side of things but also on a personal level and just as a friend I would almost say that his advice was even more valuable on that side of things. He is so endearing and he is so caring and has been through so much that he just knows and understands so many situations. Having him as a friend was just as good as having him as a teacher."
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