WWE SmackDown Spoiler: Former Heavyweight Champion Makes WWE Return

Luis CamposAnalyst IJanuary 30, 2013


Spoiler Alert! This article discloses events that will transpire during this week's episode of SmackDown! 

Last seen on WWE television during the September 3, 2012 episode of Monday Night Raw, former World Heavyweight Champion Jack Swagger is back. 

Swagger's last run with the WWE was an unsuccessful one that ended with the "All-American American" deciding to take some time off after a series of losses against WWE Superstars Tyson Kidd, Sheamus, Brodus Clay and Ryback. 

Jack Swagger's return match against Kofi Kingston was taped on Tuesday and will be shown during this week's edition of SmackDown!

The match was reported to be a "good back and forth match (via NoDQ.com)" ending when Swagger placed Kingston in an ankle lock.  

Ultimately Swagger's return to the WWE could be a good thing. However, the WWE's lack of hype for his return could be an indicator that the company is still unsure of what direction they want the ex-Money in the Bank winner to go in. 

His match against Kofi Kingston is a good beginning, though. Swagger's win over the popular babyface via submission might be the beginning of Swagger's buildup towards the main event scene. 

Swagger's last World Heavyweight Championship started when the former Oklahoma Sooner won the Money in the Bank ladder match at WrestleMania XXVI. Swagger eventually cashed-in his Money in the Bank contract during the March 30, 2010 taping of SmackDown! on the World Heavyweight Champion Chris Jericho, effectively starting his run as champion. 

Swagger's reign would last until June 20, 2010 when he would lose the title to Rey Mysterio at the Fatal 4-Way pay-per-view event during a fatal four-way match also featuring CM Punk and The Big Show. 

After losing the World Heavyweight Championship, Swagger slowly descended down the card until his decision to take time off last year completely took him off television. 

Despite a rocky 2012, maybe 2013 will be the year that Swagger once again becomes World Heavyweight Champion.