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Jack Swagger Reveals What He Regrets About His WWE Run

Former World Heavyweight Champion Jack Swagger

• WWE HISTORY (July 1, 2004) – WWE SmackDown!

On this day in 2004, World Wrestling Entertainment aired an episode of their weekly TV show ‘WWE SmackDown!’.

It was pre-taped at the Crown Coliseum in Fayetteville, North Carolina and featured matches, interviews & storyline segments on the road to the ‘WWE SummerSlam 2004’ PPV.

Here’s the card:

1. Booker T. vs. RVD vs. Rene Dupree

2. Rey Mysterio vs. Mordecai

3. Torrie Wilson vs. Sable

4. Luther Reigns vs. Charles Robinson

5. JBL vs. Spike Dudley

• Jack Swagger Reveals What He Regrets About His WWE Run

During a recent appearance on Booker T’s Hall of Fame podcast, former World Heavyweight Champion and current Bellator MMA fighter Jack Swagger talked about his time in WWE.

Below are the highlights:

On what he regrets about his run in WWE:

“I’m not afraid to admit it right now. I think the thing that I was missing most was being able to stand up for myself backstage. Whether it was storylines, or whether it was the political BS that we all had to endure, I was a pushover a lot of the time.

And I think that’s good fuel for me right now in MMA. I’ve got a chip on my shoulder, I’m pi$$ed off about certain things, you know? You can’t be more mad than at yourself, so I’m holding myself accountable and I’m really pushing myself and learning from the experience, and not just dwelling on it and blaming others.

I was young, I signed with WWE when I was 24, I was up on the main roster when I was 26. Ten years later, that’s a lot of learning and a lot of growth. And it took me a while to realize my value. But once I did, we’ve been taking the steps in the right direction ever since.”

On if he’d return to WWE in the future:

“It’s cool about this WWE thing right now, because it’s never off the table. And pro wrestling has grown so popular right now, it’s just awesome. It’s like, there’s no more hiding in the closet and watching it, or reading the magazines.

It’s cool to be a pro wrestler and that makes it so much better for us as pro wrestlers who go out there and put our bodies on the line, and give the fans entertainment that they deserve.”

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