Former WWE Superstar, Jack Swagger recently spoke to Chris Van Vliet about his MMA career, revealing what Vince McMahon said to him before his debut. Below are some highlights with a H/T to WrestlingInc.com for the transcriptions.
On what Vince McMahon said to him:
“He sent me a text message and told me not to lose kind of as a ‘ha ha.’ But I think it was really cool we had R-Truth doing the entrance and he went to Vince and Vince said, ‘Yeah, go do it man, go out there and support this guy.’ I think it was like everyone else, they came in and supported me and wanted to help me and I’m very humbled and honored.”
Why CM Punk succeeded in MMA despite his losses:
“We both crossed over to MMA and tried to make the jump right at the professional level. Some of us did that successfully. You have to measure the ‘W’ though because of how much money he made. He made $2 million per fight, that’s a ‘W’ in some books, absolutely.”
“Technically, right now WWE owns the intellectual property for it, but it’s not trademarked so I’m working to own that. I’m hoping to fight as Jack Swagger. … I think today you need to really consider yourself an athlete that considers himself a brand. It is a business. We are all here to make money, a lot of money. So we have to brand ourselves accordingly and Jack Swagger is a cool last name.”