My Two Centsss - Tough Luck, Jack
By Super Chrisss
Feb 21, 2013 - 8:42:06 PM
There are three words which perfectly sum up that mug photo:
What an idiot.
In case you haven't heard, which is impossible considering the news was all over wrestling dirt sheets for hours yesterday, number one contender for the world heavyweight championship Jack Swagger was pulled over Tuesday evening for reckless driving and marijuana possession. Since the story yesterday afternoon, the internet wrestling community has been buzzing about what happens next. Will Swagger lose his title shot at Wrestlemania? Will he be terminated? Will WWE turn it into an on-screen angle? Or will they simply sweep it under the rug, with their biggest Pay-Per-View of the year less than two months away?
Because the arrest took place after the Main Event/SmackDown tapings, we'll have to wait until Monday's RAW to see if WWE will pull Swagger from his scheduled Wrestlemania match with Alberto del Rio or not. A WWE representative told TMZ, "Mr. Swagger is responsible for his own personal actions." That statement couldn't be truer. Swagger, like him or his gimmick or not, had been on the receiving end of the biggest push of his career since winning Money in the Bank at Wrestlemania 26. He was finally granted a mouthpiece, something which is extremely rare in today's WWE, and recently started an angle that has already garnered plenty of media attention.
All that waiting and hard work for what? Absolutely nothing. Rather than turning him into a recurring talent enhancer on WWE Superstars, having him job more often than all three members of 3MB combined, WWE gave Swagger several months off from television, and brought him back only a few weeks ago as a newly improved All-American American. He has won every match since his return, and even won last Sunday's Elimination Chamber, which included the likes of Mark Henry, Randy Orton, and Chris Jericho. This also gave him a golden ticket to Wrestlemania 29, an event that he himself probably knew he wouldn't even be booked at a few months away. Long story short, WWE invested a lot of stock into the new Jack Swagger by pushing him hard and fast (pause).
Undoubtedly, they're now regretting that decision. Even if WWE decides not to reprimand Swagger for his stupidity - which would be extremely surprising (anyone remember Rob Van Dam and Sabu's antics from the summer of 2006, which resulted in RVD dropping BOTH the ECW and WWE Championship?) - Swagger has proven he cannot be trusted, which will go a long way in determining his future with the company. I'm not saying Swagger will be fired anytime soon - it could happen, but I wouldn't bet on it - but even if Swagger's world title match remains intact, he will probably never be given another opportunity to be 'the man'.
Look at Randy Orton. Since his second wellness policy violation and suspension, The Viper has not been the same. Oh, he's still a huge name, one of the most over superstars on the entire roster, and "Super Orton" in the eyes of many IWC members, but Orton hasn't done anything of significance in quite some time. For the majority of 2012 and even to this day, Orton has been just 'there'. He's had countless matches against Del Rio, Wade Barrett, Dolph Ziggler, and Antonio Cesaro, but it doesn't compare to his 2011, where he spent most of it in the world title picture. Even going into Wrestlemania, Orton appears to be nothing more than after-thought, with guys like Ryback and Sheamus receiving the spotlight instead.
Why, you ask? Because WWE cannot fully get behind Orton ever again. He will forever be one wellness test failure away from being terminated. Imagine they give him the world title and book him to defend it against Brock Lesnar at SummerSlam. If Orton messes up, not only is WWE forced to hot-shot the belt to another superstar, but their plans are ruined.
Much like Orton, Swagger's stupidity has cost him the chance to accomplish so much more in the WWE. Swagger could eventually win back WWE's trust over time, but the next few years will be rocky for 'Real American'. He may not be on the verge of termination like Orton is, but let's be honest - would the casual fan really notice if Swagger was quietly released? I doubt it. But if Orton is let go for violating another wellness policy, his absence would be noted, and WWE knows that. That's why despite his recent ****-ups, WWE continues to push Orton, just not too far. They know the audience loves him (or loves to hate him); he will always be a valuable asset to them. Swagger, on the other hand, is far less established in terms of star power. WWE doesn't need to keep Swagger in the storylines or keep him credible. WWE gave Swagger the opportunity of a lifetime, and he ****ed it up.
So the question is, what will happen to good, old Swag? Well, there's a chance nothing will happen, and WWE will turn a blind eye, like the CM Punk incident a few months back when the former WWE Champion punched a fan. On the other hand, there's an even greater chance that Swagger's Wrestlemania match is now in jeopardy. It wouldn't be unlike WWE to replace Swagger with Mark Henry or even turning Chris Jericho heel - two guys who WWE know they can count on.
One thing is for sure, though - WWE officials will not regard Swagger in the same light for quite some time. Even if Swagger manages to dodge this bullet, he has virtually no chance of being regarded as a key player for the company (forget about him winning the world title on April 7th). The funny thing is, no one can blame WWE creative or Vince for holding Swagger back or killing his push - the man did it to himself.
Way to go, Jack. WWE handed you everything on a silver platter, and you threw it back in their faces. There are so many guys who work their asses off day in and day out who would give anything to be in your shoes. And this is how you handle your reward.
"We the people" say "you're an idiot."
This whole Jack Swagger controversy has drawn a lot of mixed opinions from the public. I for one believe it will affect his match against Del Rio at Wrestlemania. What do YOU think will happen to Swagger, if anything at all?
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