– Vaughn Johnson of Philly.com recently spoke with Jack Swagger to promote WWE’s Tribute to The Troops. The full interview is at this link. Below are highlights:
VJ: Let’s talk about you for a couple of minutes. You’ve been back on television the last couple of weeks after being off for a while. How does it feel to be back in the fold as far as the television aspect?
Swagger: It’s always exciting. When a character is exposed to weekly live television shows, it’s sometimes necessary to be off for a little bit and reboot and just come back fresh in the minds of our audience. Coming back is exciting. Hopefully, we can build a nice run into a championship title maybe going into WrestleMania, have a good showing at the [Royal] Rumble. It’s a fun time of year to come back because every show from here on out is going to have a heightened importance to it because, believe it or not, WrestleMania is just around the corner.
VJ: Speaking of the guys, how do you feel about having Alberto Del Rio back on the roster and inserted right back into a feud with you?
Swagger: Alberto Del Rio is an incredible talent. He’s an incredible superstar. I think he has gotten better since the last time he was here. I see a big difference in the way he handles himself, the way he’s wrestling and just a general look about him. It’s going to be a big test. Him and I have a lot of history together. We know each other very well. I’m definitely going to have to raise my level of competition in order to come out successful against him. Now, we’ve got a big chairs match for the United States championship coming up at TLC. Adding an x-factor like a chair into the mix is really going to change the outlook.
VJ: A lot of the talk around WWE is the number of guys who have gone down with significant injuries, specifically Seth Rollins, Cesaro, Daniel Bryan and Randy Orton. What is that like when a guy gets seriously injured?
Swagger: You know, no matter how technically sound a superstar is, injuries are going to happen. The physicality is very real inside that ring, and it’s a part of the sport. It just reinforces the fact that we need a great medical squad so we can actively take care of our bodies and prevent pain becoming actual injuries or much worse. For Seth Rollins, to his credit, that man is a tough one — still being able to power-bomb Glenn [Jacobs, aka Kane] after that.
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