Jack Swagger's World Heavyweight Championship victory two days after WrestleMania 26 took many by surprise. Sure, he won Money in the Bank at the event but many believed he was still quite young and needed some more experience before reaching that level of success.
Questionable booking nearly killed his reign right out of the gate as he lost non-title matches to Randy Orton, John Morrison and Undertaker. It was the loss to Orton, followed by a second consecutive defeat at the hands of the Viper that set up his first pay-per-view title defense at April 25, 2010's Extreme Rules show.
Swagger controlled the majority of the bout, utilizing a deliberate pace to wear down the challenger. As commentators Michael Cole, Jerry Lawler and Matt Striker discussed, however, the amount of time he took between moves would comeback to bite him.
Orton fought back with his quick-strike abilities. He violently blasted Swagger with trash can shots to the head and looked to have momentum on his side following his trademark DDT. His introduction of a steel chair to the match proved to be his downfall, however, as Swagger escaped an RKO attempt by tossing him back-first onto the chair and delivering the gut wrench powerbomb for the pinfall victory.
The former WWE and World champion Orton did a tremendous job of putting Swagger over. He gave the Oklahoman a ton of offense, let him control the pace for the most part and then took the clean pinfall. Of course, everything Orton did for Swagger meant little in the long run thanks to truly awful booking and an ice-cold feud between he and Big Show.
By June, Swagger would have lost the title and moved back down the midcard from which he came from. Orton, on the other hand, would defeat Sheamus for the WWE title in September and remain in the main event title hunt for the better part of a year.