Chris Jericho was able to dust off the microphone and introduce “The Inner Circle” to the AEW audience this week on Dynamite and many fans may have recognized one familiar face.
The newest addition to the AEW roster is now working under the name Jake Hager, but in WWE he was once known as Jack Swagger. Swagger left the company back in 2017 after requesting his release since the company had not given him anything to work with on WWE TV in months.
Swagger is a former World Champion in WWE and recently fought in two Bellator matches, where he came out on top via submission both times giving him an undefeated record. Rather than head back to the company that underutilized him, Hager decided to sign with AEW and was the shock addition to their roster last week when the company debuted on TNT.
This week he was introduced to the crowd as the newest member of Chris Jericho’s stable, but this isn’t the first time that Jericho has requested working with the former Champion.
On the latest edition of The Wrestling Observer, Bryan Alvarez discussed Hager’s move over to AEW and revealed that Jericho once pitched the idea of having Swagger as his bodyguard but Vince McMahon turned the idea down.
Jericho has pulled no punches when it comes to how he feels about WWE and their creative team, since he fired a number of shots at his old employers during this past week’s show, so much so that he brought Swagger’s “We The People” gimmick (that he was part of alongside Cesaro as The Real Americans) into the promo and stated that it “sucked” before blaming “bad creative.”
“We The People sucked and it’s dead and buried. It was a stupid idea from bad creative and all that’s gone.”