Jack Swagger has been away from the WWE for a while, doing his thing on the indie scene as a free agent and putting in some MMA work with Bellator.
Like every other top free agent out there, the 36-year-old has been linked to new promotion All Elite Wrestling, and with good reason, as he has revealed that he's had a chat with them, although he claims the conversations haven't been related to him possibly joining.
“I’m very good friends with a lot of those guys: Chris [Jericho] and Cody and I’ve met the Bucks," he said on the latest episode of the WINCLY podcast.
"It’s crazy - Kenny Omega was at Deep South Wrestling in 2006 with me unsigned by WWE. He was going through hell like the rest of us, so it’s cool to see the success that these people have had. You really care about them. You care about the characters they portray and you hate them at times and really like them at times. I talk to them sporadically. We haven’t brought [me working with AEW] up so far. It’s just been congratulations, patting each other on the back type deal.”
Swagger also touched on the recent dismissal of Arn Anderson by the WWE. Anderson was reportedly relieved of his role as a producer for allowing Alicia Fox to wrestle whilst she was intoxicated, yet Swagger expects him to bounce back from the disappointment soon enough and wouldn't be surprised if the legend ends up working for AEW.
“Surprised yes. But at the same time, no I’m not surprised," he said. "I know he’s a smart man and saved his money so he can step back for a period. I love Arn Anderson. I don’t think you’ll find a wrestler who worked with him that won’t say that. Just an amazing person – good-hearted, cares about you, sincere, honest. You can just drop it right there at honest because in the entertainment business, that’s the most rare thing there is.
“If there was a Hall of Fame for producing, he’d definitely be up there. He always had the big matches and his record speaks for itself. I would not be surprised if he ends up wearing black and gold [of AEW].”
What This Means
It's quite possible that both Swagger and Anderson end up with AEW in future.
The newly-formed company is tipped to be a major success but the heads have said that they don't want to bring many familiar faces in. That hardly rules out the pair ending up there ultimately, however.