As seen on last night's AEW Dynamite on TNT, former WWE World Heavyweight Champion Jake Jack Swagger, now known as Jake Hager made his debut in shocking fashion to close the live broadcast.
Hager made his shock return to pro wrestling by joining Chris Jericho, Santana, Ortiz and Sammy Guevara to attack Cody, Dustin Rhodes and The Young Bucks, essentially forming a new heel stable.
WrestlingInc.com Managing Editor Nick Hausman was present during the post-Dynamite media scrum and asked AEW President Tony Khan about Hager's signing.
Khan revealed that Hager has been signed to AEW for a really long time and it had been kept a secret.
"You know what's pretty cool about secret keeping is that Jake's been signed for like a really long time," Khan said. "Jake's been signed to us for like a really long time now. Jake can clearly keep a secret and so can we. For quite awhile now Jake was signed."
In regards to Hager balancing his MMA career with AEW commitments, Khan had the following to say:
"It's something we've been planning for," Khan said. "He moved his camp to accommodate this, but he's also still in training and has a good schedule with that. The AEW schedule with Wednesdays allows him to make Wednesday the off day so he can train Friday to Tuesday and that's what Jake's doing right now.
"Jake's a machine. At the end he got a great reaction and for him to come in, he's different from a lot of the high flying wrestlers we have right now, he's a powerhouse and he came in and he's really exciting."