After nearly five months off television, Swagger returned a couple weeks ago on SmackDown and demanded a spot in the Chamber match. He earned it by defeating Kofi Kingston and Zack Ryder, and now his push is being taken to another level.
Swagger outlasted Chris Jericho, Mark Henry, Randy Orton, Daniel Bryan and Kane to win the match. It's a minor surprise because Jericho and Henry were viewed as the top contenders going in, but Swagger is a former World Heavyweight title holder, as well.
Since coming back, he's utilized an over-the-top American gimmick, which was bolstered by the addition of his new manager, Zeb Colter. The veteran wrestler, better known as Dutch Mantel, adds to the gimmick.
Swagger has always possessed terrific in-ring ability, but he's never been the most charismatic superstar. That's why giving him a manager to help get him over with the crowd was the right move, especially with a major run clearly on the horizon.
He will need to get built into a dominant force between now and WrestleMania XXIX. The quick turnaround between his return and a major victory like he scored at Elimination Chamber comes with risk because he's still re-establishing himself.
That said, it was definitely time to get a fresh face in the championship picture after a couple months of Alberto Del Rio feuding with Big Show. Swagger will obviously accomplish that.
The win by Swagger does raise some questions about what roles Jericho and Henry will play as WrestleMania XXIX approaches. Jericho should be in a high-profile feud and Henry has been on a roll of his own since coming back from injury.
Hopefully they are both placed in key storylines in the coming weeks. The roster has tremendous depth right now because of all the active part-time superstars, so a couple guys will fall through the cracks. It shouldn't be Jericho or Henry.
Orton and Team Hell No should find it easier to find feuds. Orton is an established superstar despite hitting a rough patch lately and the tag team champions will probably go back to feuding over their titles.
As for Swagger, he's being given a golden opportunity to shine over the next couple months. It will be interesting to see how he handles it.
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