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At this point I've been watching Jake Hager's career for over a decade. I remember his debut in 2008 on the ECW brand, and the immediate push he would receive. Unfortunately, there was a ceiling for the former Jack Swagger in WWE and every time he got close to his potential it seemed like he hit the ceiling first. It didn't matter if it was his World Title win in 2010 or his time with Zeb Coulter in the Real Americans there is one thing WWE couldn't seem to forget and that is Jack wasn't the best on the microphone, and in WWE that's something everyone needs if they're to become a star.
In my opinion, the former Jack Swagger could've done better if he was actually given the chance to do better and not just expected to automatically hit his stride without much of any direction. This is one of the reasons it has been so refreshing to see him in AEW, because it finally seems like he has hit his stride. The amount of aggression and fluidity that Hager is showing in his new role is leaps and bounds ahead of where he was in WWE. His believable role within the Inner Circle has provided him an opportunity I feel like he never got in WWE and that's one to be a credible and believable top star, because they put his negatives aside and focus on the positives which is what your suppose to do.