Surprising but also totally not surprising news from WWE today as it looks like Jack Swagger is in the process of leaving the company.
The former World Heavyweight Champion called into his friend’s podcast, Beyond The Fight, to announce that as of Tuesday, he has requested his release from WWE. Here’s the clip, with the conversation with Swagger beginning at around the :40 mark.
Swagger’s reason for leaving is, according to him, a business decision.
“Basically it came down to contract negotiations and we were way off. They didn’t value me at what I thought I was valued at. You can be angry about it because wrestling is something that you get so passionate about, but this was a business decision. They weren’t giving me to the opportunity to make the full amount of income I could for my family, so when you put it like that, it’s time to go.”
Swagger recently left the Raw brand where he claimed he wasn’t appreciated to show up on Smackdown, where he lost to Baron Corbin and almost immediately disappeared. Previous to that, Swagger held the ECW Championship and the United States Championship as well as winning a Money in the Bank match that would eventually see him become World Heavyweight Champion. Over the past few years, Swagger is most notable for the ill-fated “MexAmerica” angle with Zeb Colter, and for being such a non-factor we started writing fan fiction about him traveling to Mars.
We wish Swagger the best in his future endeavors, wherever they may take him.