Jake Hager was Jack Swagger in WWE, but he has been booked strong in AEW since his arrival. Hager has been a part of AEW television since the very first episode of Dynamite as well. It seems Hager also joked that it’s beneficial he is not on AEW television every week for a reason.
The Inner Circle was one of the most dominant factions in the entire pro wrestling world. Jake Hager’s inclusion into the faction certainly helped them become dominant as he is a legitimate MMA fighter, having competed in Bellator.
He is now part of The Jericho Appreciation Society, alongside Chris Jericho, Matt Menard, Angelo Parker, Sammy Guevara, & Daniel Garcia. As of now, he is not scheduled to participate in the Garcia Guevara Gauntlet that Ricky Starks will face in the upcoming weeks.
While speaking to Dutch Mantell on Story Time, Mantell stated that there are a lot of people on the AEW roster. Jake Hager then joked that it’s beneficial he is not on AEW television every week so that people still like him.
“We have a big roster there. A lot of the storylines are rotated every other week. Right now, I don’t have to work that much, and I get paid the same. It’s a great benefit for me and then I don’t have to get overdone, overblown, and overused and the people still like me. They need every reason to still like me at this age because I’m just not entertaining [laughs].
AEW is a great organization that treats the talent like adults. They treat us like humans. We have rights, it’s not just a high school, who is cool and who is in trouble type deal. That all starts with Tony. That direction is so strong throughout the company where he wants good people working with him more than anything. I feel very welcome there, I feel like I’m wanted there. I never feel like, ‘do you value me?’ We’re all Mariah Carey, we’re all artists and we need to be reaffirmed that we’re good and we’re wanted. It’s nice to have that. To work for him, it feels like a big change from other places.”
Hager last wrestled on the January 18 episode of AEW Dynamite, losing to Ricky Starks. We’ll have to wait and see what AEW has in store for Jake Hager in the future.
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