Jack Swagger says he pitched an idea to Vince before leaving WWE
“Before I left, Vince had caught me in the hallway and he told me that they were wasting me and I said, ‘Man, that’s awesome to hear. Thank you for saying that. I’ll be in your office next week with ideas.’ And I pitched him an idea about leaving and having me go fight MMA and come back and kind of be a little controversy between us or something and then comeback type of deal. And he didn’t really want to do anything about it. And after that, not with him, but with everyone else, the communication really broke down, so I was like, ‘Okay, it’s time to go. And so MMA was on my mind. I wanted to do MMA then.”
sources: E&C’s Pod Of Awesomeness, Wrestling Inc.