Hager wrestled at the University of Oklahoma, where he was an All-American and set the school record for most pins at the 285-pound weight class in a single season with 30. He went on to WWE
Keller’s Analysis: I’m really looking forward to seeing how Swagger does in Bellator. I suspect he will be seen as someone with a chance to land in the Bobby Lashley realm of success because of his amateur wrestling base, rather than C.M. Punk, who had no lifelong base fighting style he had been practicing before his WWE career. MMA seems like something he’s interested in testing himself in at this stage of his life. At 35 years old, and with his wrestling base, he should have a chance to catch up on the overall skill set enough to seem like a credible opponent, but the real work begins now.
NOTE: VIP members can listen to my interview with Jack Swagger this past summer discussing his WWE career and, in particular, the dynamic of a wrestler and a creative team member behind the scenes…
VIP AUDIO 7/21 – Wade Keller Pro Wrestling Podcast – Interview with Jack Swagger and John Piermarini on the dynamic between writer and wrestler in WWE, plus Battleground Preview with Mitchell, more Mailbag (78 min)