Jack Hager, formally known as Jack Swagger, recently spoke with MMA Journalist Ariel Helwani. Hager had a lot to say but the most interesting is the fact that he felt like he was the toughest guy in the WWE. He had expressed that to the company, and felt like the company were not using him correctly because they didn’t showcase how tough he was. Hager claims to try and rectify this issue he had actually pitched having a “shoot” fight in a WWE ring to try and get over with the WWE audience. He is quoted as saying:
“For the longest time there, I felt like I was literally the toughest guy in the locker room,” Yet, I would go out there and have two-minute matches with guys that couldn’t hold my jock. It even got to the point where I pitched to them, I was like, ‘Look, I got something to prove. You guys are a great platform. Let me prove it. Pick the fighter — I’ll fight anybody. Put them on your show and I’ll fight them.’ They didn’t really want to go down that route.”
Obviously this would have been a terrible idea. WWE would never do this because it would completely shatter the 4th wall and highlight that everything else WWE does is a “work”, effectively burying the rest of the roster.