Former WWE Champion Set For Surprise AEW Dynamite Appearance?

It sounds like AEW have a big surprise up their sleeve for Wednesday...

Jack Swagger

The athlete formerly known as Jack Swagger could be set to make a surprise appearance on All Elite Wrestling Dynamite's debut episode tomorrow night.

This is according to a new report from Sports Illustrated's Justin Barrasso, who writes that the former WWE World Heavyweight Champion could be used to generate crossover appeal following his move into mixed martial arts, noting that he'd "fit in nicely as a villain" as "an ardent Trump supporter and legitimate big guy."

Currently competing as Jake Hager, the 37-year-old left WWE in 2017. He has since competed for only a handful of independent promotions and Lucha Underground, whom he performed for as 'The Savage' Jake Strong, becoming the promotion's champion after defeating Pentagon for the strap in March 2018, though the company is currently in limbo.


Hager has wrestled only thrice in 2019. The past few years have seen him concentrate more on MMA than anything else, and he currently owns a 2-0 record following consecutive submission victories in Bellator. He is currently booked to face 3-1 promotional newcomer Anthony Garrett on 25 October.

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Andy has been with WhatCulture for six years and is currently WhatCulture's Senior Wrestling Reporter. A writer, presenter, and editor with 10+ years of experience in online media, he has been a sponge for all wrestling knowledge since playing an old Royal Rumble 1992 VHS to ruin in his childhood. Having previously worked for Bleacher Report, Andy specialises in short and long-form writing, video presenting, voiceover acting, and editing, all characterised by expert wrestling knowledge and commentary. Andy is as much a fan of 1985 Jim Crockett Promotions as he is present-day AEW and WWE - just don't make him choose between the two.