Below are some highlights from the interview:
On transitioning to the independent wrestling scene:
“I mean, in essence it’s almost like starting all over again,” Swagger said. “To get back your momentum, you have to reach all fans bases and it really did feel like starting again from scratch. But as of now, everything has been exactly what I had expected. A majority of the fans are glad to see me and I have been getting good receptions which I am happy with and it hasn’t deflated my ego.
“The hospitality I have received from every single roster I have been a part of has been amazing. This is a brand new side of things that I am learning and I am having to learn on my feet and it’s awesome. So many of the guys and girls have been so helpful at letting me pick their brains and every show has been so different.”
Advice for anyone who leaves WWE:
“You just have to remember that when you are with the WWE, it is a corporate job so you have certain benefits you need to get in line before you lose them. It’s real important to get stuff like your mortgage and insurance in check before you decide to leave. Stuff like that becomes very difficult when you become an independent star.”
On his future plans:
“I am definitely still aiming on winning some titles and I’m not afraid to talk about it because everybody knows that,” Swagger said. “Not only do I want to win a Title but I want to have a good run with it. I have already competed for a few including a match with Cody and I have another opportunity at APW against Jeff Cobb that I’m looking forward to.
“I’ve been to Mexico a few times but I think that Japan is really interesting for everyone. I would love to go over there and learn another style to help me grow. I don’t want to be bitter towards the company I used to work for a focus on what I didn’t achieve. I don’t blame anyone for anything. I only want to focus on what I can do from now.”
They also discuss his new clothing line, a potential move to MMA and more.
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