Jack SwaggerDonald Jacob Hager
- Birthdate: 03/24/1982 (age 32)
- Height: 6'7"
- Weight: 275 Ib
Hager attended the University of Oklahoma as a ...
On which WWE Superstars JR believes would have done well in MMA: “Well obviously anytime you're a gold medallist, Kurt Angle's name pops up. If he had been able to go into MMA right after the Olympics in 1996 he probably would have had a very good career. He could have fought at 205 very effectively, even though he won his gold medal at 220lbs. He didn’t have to cut much weight to be at 220, so he would have been exceptional at 205.”
“Swagger would have been unique if he would have gone into it right after college instead of going to WWE, with his college background. I think Dolph Ziggler (was) another one. If he would have gone in right after college he would have been a real viable and colourful competitive MMA fighter.”
“WWE is recruiting a lot of outstanding amateur wrestlers to come to their performance centre, and any of those guys if they had chosen the MMA route as opposed to the show business route probably could have made a decent showing, just simply because of their outstanding collegiate wrestling background; same thing that Cain Velasquez has. He was a great amateur at Arizona State and they were recruiting the same kind of guys that Cain was, coming out of college; same qualifications - you know sometimes maybe more accolades, but doesn’t mean they’d be better then Cain - but those are some of the guys that I could think about off the top of my head.”
“Jack Swagger thought about MMA, had a chance to go do it. A lot of guys he knew from amateur wrestling were in it. He could have gone in it, but he decided to go another route, and I don’t think he has any regrets, because the travel is more strenuous but the toll on your body is arguable a more rapid decline in UFC then it is in WWE, simply because of the nature of the presentation. Even though a WWE guy will go through their body pretty quick too if they didn’t take care of it.”
On if Brock Lesnar’s injuries in pro wrestling contributed to his MMA career being short along with the diverticulitis: “I think the big issue in Brock’s UFC career was Diverticulitis and Diverticulosis, his stomach issues where he almost died. I think that was the biggest culprit of all. The only concussion that I’m aware that I can recall - and I hired Brock Lesnar, and I recruited Brock Lesnar, and I managed him his entire run in the WWE - was at Wrestlemania 19 where he tried to do the shooting star press and he landed on his head while wrestling Kurt Angle. That was a very serious miscalculation. He should never have tried the move in hindsight. Those who gave him advice to do it were wrong and he had been nailing it off-Broadway so to speak, but I don’t think the alleged litany of concussions or his WWE injuries had any bearing whatsoever on his UFC run.”
If JR believes the WWE and the UFC are competitors in any way: “I think that they are two entirely different genres, but I think there is competition. I disagree with the other assessment (Vince's and HHH's views on the products not being competition). When both are in the Pay Per View world and the WWE is not in the traditional Pay Per View world as much as they used to be with their WWE network launching, but when you are looking for disposable income and all of us only have so much of that to go around, and you have to decide, of your disposable income, how much are you going to spend on entertainment; let's say a Pay Per View for example, and you've only got so much money to go around. Which Pay Per View do you buy? Do you buy a WWE event, or do you buy a UFC event? If you’re going to go to a live event, again go back to the disposable income issue. You’ve only got so much money to go around to take your buddies, your mates, your family, your whatever to an event. Do you go watch WWE when it comes to your city? Or do you go watch UFC. You know some people are fortunate enough that they can afford to go to both, a lot of people aren’t. So consequently I think in that respect, there is competition.”
“I think a lot of old school pro wrestling fans - when wrestling was a little bit more steak then sizzle and had a different presentation - I think that a lot of those fans are now UFC fans and...