In a pretty perfectly timed night for fans of scripted fights and the people who at least sometimes perform in them, Jake “Jack Swagger” Hager’s pro MMA debut at Bellator 214 happened just moments after WWE NXT TakeOver: Phoenix when off the air.
It was good timing, too, both because it meant fans got to see R-Truth rap Hager to the cage for his fight against J.W. Kiser, but also because the fight was over pretty fast. The former WWE World Heavyweight champ won by submission at 2:09 of the first round with an arm-triangle choke.
That also means, even if they wanted to watch the black-and-yellow brand do their thing, Swagger’s old co-workers in the WWE locker room could watch his fight. They did, and they liked what they saw.
Congrats @RealJackSwagger Now that was #Awesome #WeThePeople— The Miz (@mikethemiz) January 27, 2019
killer debut @RealJackSwagger— Nic Nemeth (@HEELZiggler) January 27, 2019
way to dominate #Bellator214
(especially after having to follow @RonKillings crushing it)
#Bellator214 SWAAAAAAAGGGGGSSS! @RealJackSwagger— Florida Man (@WWEBigE) January 27, 2019
Congrats @RealJackSwagger ! He goes hard for endurance!!!— Rusev (@RusevBUL) January 27, 2019
Some of the taped themselves watching their boy get a W:
Everyone huddled around a tiny iPad to watch @RealJackSwagger win his debut was a great sight!! Way to go— TJ Wilson (@TJWilson) January 27, 2019
CONGRATS!!!! @RealJackSwagger pic.twitter.com/vfddxFhrwK— Austin Creed is so cold... (@XavierWoodsPhD) January 27, 2019
HELL YESSSSSSSSS!!! Congratulations @RealJackSwagger! pic.twitter.com/SlyZ8IMBYC— Baaayyybeeeee New Year (@TrueKofi) January 27, 2019
Zeb Colter’s old charge doesn’t seem ready to give up his old job just yet. Even though he says he plans to spend the next decade fighting for Bellator, he also dropped a line about “Sometimes, to convince Vince, you have to con Vince, baby!” - whatever that means.
And then there’s this:
Swagger is undefeated in MMA, 1-0, and he celebrated by screaming— Henry T. Casey (@henrytcasey) January 27, 2019
WE THE PEOPLE pic.twitter.com/wnfE8DtLDm
The Soaring Eagle would be proud.