Thursday, October 3, 2019

Jake Hager Has Been Signed For a Long Time, New Heel Stable

Jake Hager Has Been Signed For a Long Time, New Heel Stable
As noted, former WWE Champion Jake Hager, f.k.a. Jack Swagger, made his AEW debut at the conclusion of tonight's premiere episode of AEW Dynamite.

Since leaving WWE in 2017, Hager has been wrestling on the independent scene, and also appeared on a season of Lucha Underground.

During the post-Dynamite event scrum, AEW President Tony Khan was asked about Hager's signing. Khan revealed that Hager has actually been signed to the company for a long time.

"You know what's pretty cool about secret keeping is that Jake's been signed for like a really long time," Khan said. "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."

Hager has also been busy with his MMA career, where he is 2-0 in Bellator MMA. Hager is scheduled to fight Anthony Garrett at Bellator 231 on October 25th. Khan was also asked about Hager balancing his MMA career with AEW.

"It's something we've been planning for," Khan said. "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.

"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. "

Hager appeared at the end of Dynamite, joining Chris Jericho, Santana, Ortiz and Sammy Guevara to beat down Cody, Dustin Rhodes and The Young Bucks. Khan essentially confirmed that the heels are part of a new stable.

"I thought the stable, we're going to learn more about them," Khan said.

When Khan was asked if he was confirming that the group was officially a stable, he replied, "They looked really good together, didn't they? It looked like a stable to me, the way they walked, the way they talked, the way they acted, they seemed like guys with a plan. To me, I thought that's what it might be, but we'll see."