WWE News EXCLUSIVE - Swagger Arrest: What should Vince do? What will Vince do? Two ex-creative team members tell PWTorch
Feb 20, 2013 - 6:45:27 PM
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By Wade Keller, PWTorch editor
Two former WWE writers have told PWTorch what they think Vince McMahon will do with Jack Swagger now that he's made headlines for a DUI and pot possession arrest.
Former WWE creative team member Court Bauer (@courtbauer) tells me this afternoon he wouldn't trust Jack Swagger again.
"Irresponsible and immature," he told me a few minutes ago. "I wouldn't trust Swagger again, frankly. What a stupid, stupid move by Swagger. This is RVD allll over again. I remember that situation quite clear and what the options and sentiment were as a result. WWE has 3 options: 1- Stay the course; 2- Reboot + replace Swagger; 3- Abort angle.
"I'm curious to see which way they go. I think they can salvage this and find an even better talent to build this around. I've heard Vince LOVES the concept and has been more focussed on this than 80 percent of the WWE creative since it started. He's going to likely opt for option 1 or 2. I am DYING to see what goes down."
Another ex-WWE writer who opted to remain anonymous chimed in via email with similar thoughts. He wrote:
"That's so unfortunate. It's a good thing Zeb Coulter was getting all the heat anyways. I don't know what they do. Either keep his spot if they don't like other options or somehow they get them to wrestle sooner and put someone else in the role at Mania. Orton? Henry? Regardless it's more fuel for anyone opposed to pushing him."
Bauer concurs that having Swagger wrestle sooner than WrestleMania would be the way to get him the World Title shot he earned by winning the Elimination Chamber, but punish him by excluding him from the WrestleMania line-up.
I suggested perhaps Chris Hero get brought in to replace Swagger, since Hero is a veteran who has paid dues in developmental and the indies scene for years.
Bauer said: "Hero is a good option. Bray Wyatt or Luke Harper might be more 'authentic.' Harper still isn't ready for the bright lights and Bray may not fit the criteria for the super push. Hero might be able to adjust and project that type of persona. The hillbilly beard certainly helps.
"If this was up to me, I'd hot shot the Del Rio-Swagger match and put it on Raw, and put Del Rio over strong. Swagger fades out of picture… Then Dutch calls for reinforcements and out comes one of the above and that guy does the BIG heat angle that sets this thing on fire. He demolishes Del Rio, Rodriguez… maybe send out Rey & Sin Cara and more of the same. They cut a promo saying 'Wrestler X' is the man behind the movement and this was all a trap. They then finally take this from being a straight-laced political stance to a dialed up wrestling warped POV on an issue and make it something controversial (instead of just a relatively sterile political perspective).
"They go for the jugular and get some real (cheap) Tennessee heat on this bad boy and Del Rio suffers a big injury. The next week Del Rio demands a fight with the new guy and the new guy refuses unless he has it at WM - the #1 media market so he can spread his message and he wants the belt. Del Rio accepts and they build him as a fighting champion - even when severely injured going into WM. That sets up a plausible finish that keeps Del Rio on good footing despite losing at WM. You could still insert Swagger as a Mr. Hughes/Diesel heater where he doesn't have to talk and can get physical and yet be completely disposable down the road."
The other ex-writer says: "Developmental would be the way to go if it didn't involve a World Title or WrestleMania. No way Vince gives a fresh guy that spot. They may just go forward with it and deal with his consequences after Mania and have Zeb recruit someone else who can 'get the job done'."
In our PWTorch website and app poll, with over 500 votes already in just a half hour, 43 percent voted for "Stay the Course, but he's on probation." The rest - 57 percent - want him to be demoted or fired, but are split on whether to do it right away or wait until after WrestleMania. Second place was "Demote him or fire him post-WM29" with 34 percent, followed by "Fire him now" in third place at 23 percent.
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