• Jake Hager On Which Royal Rumble Payday Was His Biggest
During an interview with Fightful, AEW wrestler Jake Hager (fka Jack Swagger in WWE) revealed that his biggest Royal Rumble payday came in 2016.
It was very surprising for him because he only lasted 15 seconds in the match.
Here’s what Hager said:
“The time [in 2016] I was in there was the shortest where Brock Lesnar just threw me out. I really think that was my favorite because that was the most I got paid for a Royal Rumble with the shortest time.
Who knows how they decided to pay us. But, for some reason, that was a good payday for me. It was literally 7 seconds. It was like duck a clothesline, F5, see ya.
Mike Chioda came running over to me, he was so upset. He was like, ‘Swags, what was that?’ I just turned to him and said, ‘I just got tagged, Chi-chi. What do you want?’”
It should be noted that Swagger also competed in a Fatal 4 Way Tag Team match on the Royal Rumble 2016 Kickoff Show to qualify for the Rumble match (which was for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship).
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• On This Day In Pro Wrestling History (January 27, 1993) – André The Giant Passed Away
On this day in 1993, we lost Old School WWF Legend “The Eighth Wonder of the World” André The Giant (Real name: André René Roussimoff) at the age of 46 due to congestive heart failure, which was most likely a result of his gigantism / acromegaly.
André wrestled for various promotions during the 60s, 70s, 80s and early 90s, but is best remembered for his time in the World Wrestling Federation (fka WWWF) where he worked from 1973 to 1991.
His biggest moment came in 1987, when he “passed the torch” to Hulk Hogan in the legendary main event of WWF WrestleMania III. Hogan bodyslamming him is still referred to as “the slam heard around the world”.
In March 1993, André The Giant became the first ever inductee into the newly founded WWF Hall of Fame (now known as WWE Hall of Fame).
† REST IN PEACE
May 19, 1946 – January 27, 1993