Another WWE superstar who has left the company due to how he was being used. It is being reported by various media outlets that Jack Swagger had asked for his release from the WWE and was granted it. This shouldn’t come as a surprise to people as he was very rarely used on television and was not being used in any major feuds. [Jon]
He started off in the independent scene from 2006 – 2008 as he worked for various promotions like Florida Championship Wrestling, Ohio Valley Wrestling, and Deep South Wrestling. The first appearance he had on WWE TV was he appeared as a security guard during a brawl between John Cena and Umaga on Raw. He was the FCW champion when he would debut on the reboot version of ECW. Once he made his debut in ECW, he would go on to lose the FCW belt to future WWE champion, Sheamus. In the fall of 2008, he would make his debut on ECW with the ring name of Jack Swagger as he defeated a local competitor in his first match. After this match, he would end up turning heel (bad guy) and begin a feud with Tommy Dreamer. He would end up being part of ECW until the summer of 2009.
It would be then that he was traded to the Raw brand and would make his first appearance in a three-on-one gauntlet match against then WWE champion, Randy Orton. He would end up going for his first WWE title in the fall of 2009 when he started a feud with US Champion Kofi Kingston. There was hope for Swagger after he would win the Money in the Bank match at WrestleMania 26. He would then go on to win his first title at the March 30th taping of Smackdown when he cashed in on Chris Jericho. Unfortunately, this would be his only time holding the belt. Throughout his career in the WWE, he would end up being mostly a mid-carder wrestler and would compete for the US title and the tag team titles from time to time.
The last thing he did was switch brands after the WWE draft and had one match against Baron Corbin. What makes this release interesting is that this didn’t come from WWE’s website or Twitter account, but instead was announced on Chael Sonnen’s podcast. It will be interesting to see if Jack Swagger ends up on Impact Wrestling, New Japan Pro Wrestling, Ring of Honor, or on the independent scene.