The arrival of the “New Era” up-and-comers on Raw and SmackDown Live has forced many of the stars of the old guard to rise to the occasion and prove they can still hang in today's WWE. Some have flourished, others have floundered, and then there are those who have simply remained irrelevant.
Believe it or not, it was eight years ago this month that Jack Swagger made his televised WWE debut on the ECW brand. In addition to embarking on an undefeated streak in singles competition, he quickly captured the ECW Championship from Matt Hardy four months into his main roster run, earning the nickname of “The Prodigy.”
Sadly, it was all downhill from there, and WWE never quite figured out how to utilize him after that. His transition to the Raw brand in the summer of 2009 was horribly handled and it wasn't long before he became just another mid-card competitor on the roster with nothing about him standing out as special.
Although he would win the World Heavyweight and United States Championships in the years that followed, both reigns were abysmal at best. Vickie Guerrero and Zeb Colter both valiantly attempted to bring him back to prominence when they managed him at various points from 2011 to 2014, but to no avail.