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Former WWE writer Jimmy Jacobs recently spoke with Justin Barrasso of Sports Illustrated’s Extra Mustard, and below are some interview highlights:
On a past WWE segment John Cena was nervous wouldn’t work:
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“There was a promo segment in Cleveland, Ohio with Miz and Dolph Ziggler, and Dolph said he was going to put his career on the line,” said Jacobs. “Some days your ideas go through and sometimes they don’t, but this was one of those days when my ideas got through and then they worked.”
“He was really skeptical, basically saying, ‘I don’t think that’s going to work,’” said Jacobs. “And I’m not knocking John Cena. John was the man. I f—— love John Cena. But with the way I had it laid out, we weren’t leaving on boos directed at the Miz or Dolph ending by saying, ‘I’m going to kick your ass!’ We were leaving on the gravity of Dolph putting his career on the line.
“John said to me, ‘We’re in a yay-boo business. You’ve got to leave them with either cheering Dolph Ziggler or booing The Miz.’ So I said, ‘Well, we’re up in four minutes, so we’ll see.’”
“John watched from ‘Gorilla’,” said Jacobs. “Afterwards, he said, ‘I was skeptical of that, but that was a homerun. I really felt that.’ I was really proud of that.”
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On Vince McMahon sending Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn home from the WWE UK tour:
“Nothing Vince does is surprising,” said Jacobs. “It’s his sandbox. But the truth is, whatever happened was a misunderstanding. I know those guys, and they’re not the guys who are like, ‘F— no, we’re not doing that!’ They wouldn’t go into business for themselves in the middle of the ring. Almost nobody f—— does that. Whatever happened was a miscommunication, that’s all.”