Swagger is born in Perry, Oklahoma. He begins wrestling at age five and continues to pursue the amateur sport through high school. He attends the University of Oklahoma as a football player and wrestler. He graduates from the University with a degree in finance.
Swagger marries White in a private ceremony attended by only family and close friends. The pair met while working for WWE’s NXT brand.
Kingston and Bourne defeat Swagger and Ziggler in two-on-two action at WWE Vengeance on pay-per-view to retain the WWE Tag Team Championships. Bourne picks up the pinfall victory over Ziggler after hitting “Air Bourne” at thirteen minutes and nineteen seconds.
Ziggler defeats Ryder in singles competition at WWE Vengeance on pay-per-view to retain the United States Championship. Ziggler picks up the pinfall victory after delivering a superkick at five minutes and fifty-nine seconds.
Truth and Kingston defeat Ziggler and Swagger in tag team action at Over the Limit to retain the WWE World Tag Team Championships. Kingston picks up the pinfall victory over Ziggler after hitting a Trouble in Paradise kick at twelve minutes and thirty-eight seconds.
Swagger defeats Henry, Jericho, Orton, Bryan and Kane inside the Elimination Chamber to earn a shot at the World Heavyweight Championship at Wrestlemania 29. Swagger last eliminates Orton via pinfall to secure the victory.
Del Rio defeats Swagger in singles competition at Wrestlemania 29 to retain the World Heavyweight Championship. Del Rio picks up the submission victory after applying a cross-arm breaker at ten minutes and thirty seconds.
Del Rio defeats Swagger in “I Quit” stipulations singles competition at WWE Extreme Rules to become the number one contender for the World Heavyweight Championship. Del Rio scores the victory by forcing Swagger to surrender at thirteen minutes and forty seconds.
Rhodes obtains the Money in the Bank contract briefcase, guaranteeing him a World Heavyweight Championship title match sometime over the next year. Rhodes grabs the briefcase hanging above the ring to claim the victory.
Christian returns to WWE on Friday Night Smackdown defeating Swagger in single’s competition. Christian picks up the pinfall victory at five minutes and forty-four seconds.
Swagger talks to The Huffington Post about Hulk Hogan, Adam Rose, his dream match and NXT.
They’ve got so much amazing talent down at NXT. The one I’m most familiar with is Sami Zayn. I’ve been in the ring with him personally and was very impressed by his talent, athleticism and charisma- so he’s going to be one to look out for.
Swagger talks to NOLA.com about turning into a hero character and Wrestlemania 30.
It was definitely one of my favorite WrestleManias. I’ve been a part of six. It was a different type of atmosphere there, and it was a very special moment, at least for me. I know a couple of other superstars really enjoyed it as well, and not just Bourbon Street. Going back there, I’m very excited.
Swagger talks to WWE.com about a prank he and Zeb Colter pull on their friends as part of the site’s Greatest Pranks series.
Going around now, me and Zeb call it “Paparazzi.” I’ll set someone up and I’ll turn their back to Zeb, come up from behind and scare them. And the whole time there’s a videotape, but they don’t know it. And a couple seconds later we’ll send them a video and when they’re watching, we’ll come up and scare them again. We’ve gotten like six people with it already. Tom Phillips will jump at anything. Renee Young. We really target announcers, it seems like. Rosa Mendes will jump all the time. The pie in the sky would be if I can turn it around and get Zeb at his own game.
Swagger talks to DC101 about Vince McMahon’s comments toward the current WWE wrestler’s not being ambitious enough.
This is an environment where literally hundreds of thousands of people want to be on this roster, and there’s what, 75 of us on top? To get here you have to be very ambitious but to stay here you need even more. It takes a lot of drive and a lot of hard work. I can only speak for myself that I have gotten hungrier. As far as the rest of the locker room, you know, it’s tough but you gotta see the finish line and sometimes that’s hard to do.
Rusev defeats Swagger in singles competition at WWE TLC on pay-per-view to retain the United States Championship. Rusev picks up the submission victory at four minutes and fifty seconds.
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