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Jake Hager On John Cena: “He Refused To Do The Job For Me For The [WWE] Championship”

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On a recent episode of Talk Is Jericho, AEW star Jake Hager, known as Jack Swagger in WWE, spoke about cashing in the Money in the Bank briefcase he won at WrestleMania XXVI in 2010. He claimed that the original plan was for him to cash in on John Cena for the WWE Championship, but Cena wouldn’t go through with it:

“I had a little inclination, but I had no idea what was going to happen. The night before, I teased it on Raw. I hit Cena with the briefcase, I snuck up on him when he had one of his brilliant promo segments. Later, come to find out, he refused to do the job for me for the [WWE] Championship. We won’t talk about that.” He then added sarcastically, “Ugh. ‘The most unselfish top man in the business”.

Hager went on to cash in on Chris Jericho for the World Heavyweight Championship later the same week. He recalled that this led to the moment he knew he could trust the Demo God:

“That was in Phoenix. I got a call that night to come to Vegas. We get to the building, I get there 30 minutes early so I’m waiting. I see [John Laurinaitis] go into the office, here you [Jericho] come, here Edge comes, I was going to come in behind you guys, then the door shuts. It was about five minutes, then I go in there. When we were in there and it was laid out, you turned to me and were like, ‘You better not fuck this up,’ and you were dead serious and very sincere. It always reminded me of my best wrestling coach. Once you said that, I looked up to you and knew I could trust you.”

Hager went on to successfully defend the championship several times, before losing it to Rey Mysterio after a reign of 79 days at WWE’s Fatal 4-Way event. This was the only time he would hold a top title in WWE.

Since then, Hager has gone on to join Jericho in AEW as part of his Inner Circle faction.

Credit to Fightful for the transcription