Tomorrow, Jack Swagger defends the World Heavyweight Title against Randy Orton in an Extreme Rules match. With only three weeks after winning and cashing in the Money in the Bank, is Jack Swagger ready to not only take on Orton but main event a pay-per-view?
Within the first four months of his WWE debut Swagger captured the ECW Title proving that he was primed for the main event scene. Then after being bumped up to WWE’s flagship show by order of the former owner of Monday Night RAW, Donald Trump, Jack started losing his swag.
The reason for this is that some people managed to thrive better in the smaller pond of ECW, which has been the case for several others including Matt Hardy, Mark Henry, Evan Bourne, and Zack Ryder. Jack Swagger went from being the face of ECW to the face on the milk carton, as he was forced to job to the likes of Bourne and Santino Marella. Aside from a short standing feud with MVP, Swagger was closer to being released.
WrestleMania changed that. Along with nine other competitors, Jack Swagger defied the odds and became the 2010 Mr. MITB. He then attempted to make history the following night on RAW on a laid out WWE Champion, John Cena, but he had second thoughts. It wouldn’t be until the Friday edition of SmackDown, 2 days from winning the briefcase, that Swagger would use it on a befallen Chris Jericho to become the World Heavyweight Champion.
But why Chris Jericho and not John Cena? Obviously the move over to RAW was a huge mistake, and going to SmackDown will be Swagger’s fresh start. Plus, the move will allow Swagger to take on superstars whose main focus is to wrestle, which is really his strong suit. Choosing to take Chris Jericho’s title was not only a sure thing (especially after being speared by Edge) but it was a sign of respect towards who Swagger felt was the better of the two.
What about his lisp? True, Jack was brazenly made fun of for his lisp on Monday Nights, but after pinning John Morrison, who had similar jokes, Swagger is being taken more seriously as a competitor and a champion. Hence, when the two had their rematch this past SmackDown, Morrison treated Swagger with respect. And though his mic skills are still dawdling, now that he is in possession of the World Heavyweight Title, Swagger will have time to improve.
Is Swagger ready to main event, especially against The Viper? Fairly though, Randy Orton was granted the title match because he pinned Swagger two weeks in a row on RAW, once when he was Mr. MITB and later when he was the WHC. Aside from those two wins, Orton didn’t have to state his case for why he deserved a title shot, but Swagger, on the other hand, had to prove why he deserves to have his name plate screwed into that belt.
Swagger had his first successful title defense on the 4/16 edition of SmackDown in a Triple Threat match against Edge and Chris Jericho. Then on the following RAW, he issued an open challenge, which was answered by The Undertaker. Even though he lost, Swagger went toe-to-toe with The Undertaker which lasted close to 15 minutes. How many superstars can say that they lasted as long against The Phenom? These matches have proven Jack Swagger’s worth as a champion on a physical and ring psychology level, and why he is the man to watch this Sunday.