Ahead of his Bellator MMA debut, former WWE Superstar Jake "Jack Swagger" Hager recently appeared as a guest on Submission Radio for an in-depth interview. Featured below are some of the highlights.
On why he left WWE: "Well, you know, the WWE, it's a dream job, but it's like any other job where there's politics and you got bosses that you have to deal with. And so for me, in the great words of Drizzy Drake, the moment I stop having fun with it, I'm done with it. So it got to the point where, not that I wasn't having fun, because going out there in front of thousands of fans and wrestling, it's what I'm born to do, but it came to a point where I wasn't there for the same reasons that they were having me there. Like, I need to compete, and that's one thing that I take away from leaving WWE, is I'll never go this long without competing again because it's a part of who I am. And when I'm not competing is when I will struggle with things because I'm not going 100 percent or focused 100 percent.
"So for me it was a combination of two things, I needed a change, I needed to be pushed, I needed to be challenged, and also it was a great opportunity, it was a great time to leave. It's a great time to be a pro wrestler right now. As you guys said, I'm working non-stop since I left the company. It's also a great time to be a pro fighter. So that's also why I left. I knew that I had this opportunity ahead of me and that I needed to leave to focus on it and really give MMA 125 percent, as well as capitalize on the great TV exposure that I received over the last 12 years."
On if he ever wrestled Brock Lesnar backstage for real to see who the better amateur wrestler was: "(Joking) By compare wrestling techniques, you mean that I can take Brock Lesnar down at will? Yes, then we compared wrestling techniques. I could close my eyes and tie one hand behind my back and I could bounce Brock Lesnar's forehead off the mat if he ever, ever tried to wrestle with me (laughs)."