With the WWE Universe in Jack Swagger’s corner, The All-American was looking for a big win to ring in 2015. But it was Titus O’Neil who did what it took to get the victory. After driving Swagger spine first into the steel ring post, The Gator planted the former World Heavyweight Champion to the canvas the get the pinfall.
To call Jack Swagger a “breakout star” may be a bit of a stretch. After all, he has a World Heavyweight Championship, an ECW Championship and a Money in the Bank Ladder Match victory under his belt. There is no denying that Swagger’s public perception underwent a major resurgence in 2014, however, as The Real American reemerged as one of WWE’s most popular Superstars.
The Oklahoma native found his career at a turning point after his tag partner Cesaro left to join Paul Heyman following WrestleMania 30. And just when it seemed like Swagger was about to become an afterthought, he embarked on a fight against Russian supporter Rusev that gave his career new life. Now, after years of being booed by the WWE Universe, Swagger’s patriotic crusade has legions of supporters proclaiming, “We the people!”
Jack Swagger vs. Luke Harper
We go to the ring and out comes Jack Swagger by himself. Luke Harper is out next.
They lock up and Swagger applies a headlock. Harper breaks out and taunts Swagger. They go to the corner. Harper unloads on Swagger after turning it around. Swagger takes it to another corner and works Harper over until Harper nails a big uppercut. Swagger finally hits a big clothesline and wakes things up. Harper cuts Swagger off with a dropkick for a 2 count. Harper works Swagger over in the corner now. Harper takes Swagger down and holds him. Swagger fights to his feet but Harper hits an uppercut. Swagger dumps Harper over the top rope and follows with a big clothesline. We go to commercial.
Back from the break and they’re going at it. Harper hits a huge boot for a 2 count. Harper catapults Swagger under the middle rope and covers for another pin attempt. Harper with a gator roll and a headlock. Swagger makes a comeback. He ducks a clothesline and hits a big one of his own for a close 2 count. Swagger takes the knee out and dumps Harper on his head for a 2 count. Harper with a big shot. Swagger counters a move and goes for the Patriot Lock but can’t get it in. Harper with a big superkick and a 2 count. More back and forth. Swagger shoves Harper into the corner and applies the Patriot Lock. Harper makes it to the bottom rope. Swagger goes for a Swagger Bomb but Harper gets his boots up. Harper with a big clothesline for the win.
Winner: Luke Harper
Jack Swagger vs Fandango (with Rosa Mendes)
They lock up and Swagger with a waist lock take down and Fandango tries for a side head lock but Swagger holds on. Fandango with a side head lock. Fandango goes for a float over but Swagger does not go into the corner. Swagger with a waist lock take down and he tries for the ankle lock but Fandango goes to the floor.
Swagger with a boot to Fandango followed by a splash into the corner and a clothesline. Swagger with the Double Jump Swagger Bomb attempt but Fandango goes his feet up. Swagger with a kick and he hits the Swagger bomb for a near fall. The referee pulls Swagger out of the corner and Fandango with a series of enzuigiris that stagger Swagger. Fandango goes up top and he hits the FandangoBama Jam for the three count.
We go to the ring and out comes Lana with WWE United States Champion Rusev. She starts talking but is immediately interrupted by the music. Jack Swagger comes out to a pop and is ready to fight. They go at it and Swagger slams Rusev on his ankle.
Swagger brings Rusev back in and works on the ankle. Rusev goes to the floor for a breather. They come back in and Swagger nails a clothesline after ducking one. Swagger with a splash in the corner. Rusev avoids a Swagger Bomb. Swagger catches a superkick and turns it into a Patriot Lock but Rusev goes into the Accolade. Swagger gets to the bottom rope but Rusev pulls him back to the middle of the ring and applies the hold again. Swagger looks to be passing out in the hold. He finally gets to his feet with Rusev on his back but falls on the mat. Swagger goes for the Patriot Lock and gets it locked in.
They end up on the floor and Rusev drops Swagger with a big superkick. They come back in and Rusev nails another big kick. Rusev applies the Accolade for the win as the referee calls for the bell.
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Jack Swagger vs Titus O’Neil
Swagger charges the corner and hits Titus a few times, then Titus shoves him back and they fight for position in a tie up. Titus mocks Swagger so Swagger sweeps his legs and connects with some mounted punches, then he whips him to the opposite corner and kicks him in the face. Swagger kicks Titus from the apron, then he tries to pull him back in but Titus whips him shoulder first into the ringpost. Titus repeatedly punches him and hits a fallaway slam, then Swagger snaps his head on the ropes and charges at him. Titus hits a clothesline and ties him up in the ropes, then goes for another fallaway slam but Swagger swings around and makes him tap out to the Patriot Lock.
Winner – Jack Swagger
Rusev and Lana come out and taunt Swagger with the United States Championship, and Swagger just stares back as Rusev raises the title above his head.
Looking to regain the United States Title and avenge his fallen mentor in one fell swoop, Jack Swagger will challenge U.S. Champion Rusev this Sunday at WWE TLC: Tables, Ladders and Chairs … and Stairs.
The Super Athlete heinously attacked Zeb Colter backstage during the Dec. 1 Raw, injuring Swagger’s patriotic partner and fueling even more animosity between he and The Real American.
Already familiar foes, Rusev and Swagger clashed in several high-profile bouts earlier this year, including a fierce Flag Match at SummerSlam. Though Swagger holds a rare disqualification victory over the outspoken Hero of the Russian Federation, no one has yet pinned Rusev or made him tap. To reclaim the U.S. Championship, which he held briefly in 2012, Swagger must achieve one of those two outcomes this Sunday.
Given Rusev’s unprovoked beatdown of Colter, there is ample reason to believe Swagger will be more motivated than ever when he stands across the ring from The Super Athlete at WWE TLC. Rusev and Lana witnessed Swagger’s fury in person after Rusev claimed responsibility for taking out Colter, as the irate Oklahoman bolted to the ring and bum-rushed the U.S. Champion before WWE officials intervened.
Don’t miss out when this highly charged collision takes center stage at WWE TLC. Will Swagger make Colter proud by finally forcing Rusev to succumb to the Patriot Lock, or will the U.S. Champion’s streak of dominance continue? Find out by watching WWE TLC: Tables, Ladders and Chairs … and Stairs this Sunday on WWE Network and pay-per-view at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT.
We go to the ring and WWE United States Champion Rusev makes his way out with Lana. Lana cuts an anti-American promo until Jack Swagger interrupts from the stage. He says Rusev broke Zeb Colter’s leg so Swagger’s going to snap his ankle. They start brawling at ringside but Rusev throws Swagger into the barrier. Rusev misses a kick and Swagger takes the leg out. Swagger slams Rusev into the barrier. Swagger applies the Patriot Lock on the floor. Officials finally come and back Swagger up the ramp as his music hits.