AEW President Tony Khan spoke about AEW’s much-hyped debut on national television last night, and talked to the media after the show. AEW brought in media personnel after the show to introduce a sports-like feel to the show.
Tony Khan talked about the debut of Jake Hager, f.k.a Jack Swagger, in AEW, and how they managed to keep it a secret. Khan said that Hager was locked down to a contract quite some time ago, but the company kept the deal under wraps.
“You know what’s pretty cool about secret-keeping is that Jake’s been signed for like a really long time. Jake’s been signed to us for like a really long time now. Jake can clearly keep a secret and so can we. For quite awhile now Jake was signed.”
Khan and AEW’s efforts to keep Hager’s debut are commendable, but unfortunately it was revealed last week that Jake Hager will be making his debut at the premiere episode of AEW Dynamite.
Khan also talked about Hager’s MMA career, in which the former WWE World Heavyweight Champion is currently 3-0. Hager made his debut last year, and has delivered commendable performances in USA’s second-biggest MMA promotion, Bellator MMA.
“It’s something we’ve been planning for. He moved his camp to accommodate this, but he’s also still in training and has a good schedule with that. The AEW schedule with Wednesdays allows him to make Wednesday the off day so he can train Friday to Tuesday and that’s what Jake’s doing right now.”
Khan praised Hager’s performance and says that his inclusion has made things exciting in the singles division of All Elite Wrestling. AEW has several top-wrestlers of the world, but they lacked a true powerhouse like Jake Hager.
“Jake’s a machine. At the end he got a great reaction and for him to come in, he’s different from a lot of the high flying wrestlers we have right now, he’s a powerhouse and he came in and he’s really exciting.”
Hopefully, Jake Hager delivers in the ring, and his AEW run is better than his horrendous run with WWE.