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Cruiserweight Classic: Who is Rich Swann?

With WWE's Cruiserweight Classic coming soon, RealSport takes a look at one of the men involved, Rich Swann.


As we draw closer to WWE’s much anticipated “Cruiserweight Classic” we here at Real Sport are taking a look at some of the competitors that WWE have handpicked from around the world.

Today the man in the spotlight is Rich Swann.

 

Where He Wrestles

Rich Swann has wrestled all around the independent scene in the United States from Combat Zone Wrestling (CZW) to Dragon Gate and Pro Wrestling Geurrilla (PWG) since 2009.

The majority of Swann’s success has been as a tag team with the incredible Ricochet. Their matches in PWG are always some of the most fun and engaging, if you hear him serenaded by the fans with “All Night Long” during the tournament don’t be surprised. It has been his entrance music for a while on the Indies and dancing along to it has become a big part of his schtick – that’s not to take away from his bell-to-bell work.

Swann has been on NXT TV as well. He made his first appearance on the 20th January 2016 episode of NXT against Baron Corbin and even got a televised match against NXT Champion Finn Balor on 23rd March.

 

Style

Swann is an athletic high flyer, but he is also an excellent comedic wrestler. Some of his work with the likes of Candice LaRae and Marty Scurll on the indies have been perfect show-opening comedy matches – but that’s not to say he can’t turn the heat up when he has to. Swann can go to the mat and “rassle” too. He’s no Zack Sabre Jr but few are. Still, he can put on a strong display of transitions and holds. Swann is at his best on the move and from the top rope though. He will wow crowds when given the opportunity, and maybe even get a laugh or two in the process.

 

Expectations

As an already contracted NXT wrestler, Swann should do well in the tournament. I don’t think he will go all the way, but a few wins aren’t unreasonable for Swann, and it should be a good launching platform for him into the NXT “Universe”.

Toby Durant

A passionate and opinionated writer, I am currently the NFL editor for RealSport. However, I also contribute to F1, WWE, Football, and other sections of the site, and I have covered the NFL International Series for RealSport and previously contributed to SB Nation.

 

I also have 10 years playing and coaching experience in American football, starting at the University of Nottingham and including a stint as defensive coordinator at Oxford Brookes University. I may be a Patriots fan but all aspects of the sport interest me, from guard play to special teams.

Cruiserweight Classic: Who is Rich Swann?

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