Jimmy Jacobs Talks His Creative Conflict In WWE & The Importance Of Not Being Scared Of Vince McMahon
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Jimmy Jacobs was recently on Jordan Garber NOW’s podcast and one of the creative minds behind IMPACT Wrestling talks his time behind the creative scenes of WWE. In the interview, Jacobs shares as to why he felt too confined under the “faux corporate” environment that WWE patterns itself off of.
“It wasn’t just missing performing,” Jacobs said. “WWE is such a faux corporate environment and Vince wants it to appear as corporate. It made me feel like I couldn’t be myself. I missed having nail polish on and being kind of like a maniac. I felt like I was in a shell. So when I left WWE, it was nice to come back and be Jimmy Jacobs again.”
Jacobs now found his creative flow with IMPACT and talks about what is looking up for the wrestling promotion hosted by AXS TV.
“I enjoy working there still and doing all the stuff behind the scenes. I hope the direction is good because I am one of the guys steering the ship. We got some good stuff happening and we got some good talent. Rich Swann had a star making performance during the last tapings and with Tessa Blanchard a lot people have been following her journey and we been telling that story for the better part of the year and people are starting to get behind her so there is definitely some good stuff happening.”
If Jacobs had a mulligan with WWE, there was one thing he’d change about his time on the creative side and it would not to be afraid of Vince.
“When I first got to WWE, I wasn’t scared of Vince. I just thought. ‘He’s a dude’ maybe a billionaire but a ‘billionaire dude’ and everybody was scared of him so I was asking why was everybody was scared of Vince? After working there for a month or two, I see why everybody is scared of him, so I spent the majority of my time there basically scared of Vince and ultimately afraid of losing my job. It wasn’t until the last couple of months of my time there where I was so sick of feeling just tied and boxed up that I wasn’t scared of getting fired anymore. Which I spent most of my time doing. Maybe I would last longer if I wasn’t scared of Vince. It’s his sandbox…he’s just letting you play in it.”
(Transcription credit should go to Jordan Garber)
You can listen to the entire interview below: