Former WWE superstar Jack Swagger seems to have made a successful transition from the world of sports entertainment to the world of mixed martial arts.
Swagger, who fights under his real name of Jake Hager made his Bellator MMA debut this Saturday night. Hager went up against JW Kiser, who he defeated by submission in the first round.
Check out a pre-fight interview with Hager in the tweet below:
You can also check out the decisive finish of the match here:
In the interview, Hager tells doubters that he’s been doing “some form of this” since he was five. Hager began wrestling at the age of five and was a two sport-athlete in college at the University of Oklahoma, playing both football and continuing to wrestle. He still has the Oklahoma record for most pins in one season: 30.
Hager joined WWE’s developmental territories in 2006. He had his main roster debut in the ECW brand in September 2008. During his time in the WWE, Hager held the ECW Championship, the World Heavyweight Championship, and the United States Championship. He asked for his release from the WWE in 2017.
Seems like there’s no hard feelings between Hager and the WWE as the company was quick to congratulate him on his successful debut, releasing an official statement .
Also, Hager had a special guest during his debut, walking out to the rap styling’s of R-Truth. Not only that, but his entrance had a riff of his WWE catchphrase: We, The People.
He also repeated his catchphrase after his victory.
It’s not just management that’s happy for Swagger, as many people in the locker room also tweeted their support.