The wrestler turned creative writer - turned wrestler/manager speaks on his managerial skills.
The "Zombie Princess" Jimmy Jacobs has worn many hats in the pro wrestling industry. Jacobs started off as a professional wrestler and during his first run as an in-ring performer he captured a number of titles including becoming a five-time ROH World Tag Team Champion. Jacobs then transitioned to a behind-the-scenes role as a creative writer for WWE but he was released from the company due to a photo he posted on Instagram of himself and the 'Bullet Club' while the group were doing their "invasion" of RAW outside of the arena that the show was taking place inside of.
Since his release from he company Jacobs has transitioned back into the role of an in-ring performer and on-screen personality. One of the company's/promotions that Jacobs has associated himself with is IMPACT Wrestling where he is a backstage producer and the on-screen manager of IMPACT's resident monster, Kongo Kong. 'Slam Sports' had the opportunity to speak with Jimmy Jacobs to grab his thoughts on the art of managing and his relationship with Kongo Kong.
"I've known Kong for 20 years, as long as I've known anybody else in the wrestling business," said Jacobs. "He's an athletic guy, he's a guy that can go out there and have these matches; the Monster's Ball Match with Abyss, and he can go with smaller guys too. I've wrestled him over the years, and he and I get a good match."
Jimmy Jacobs also went on to explain his unspoken love of being a manger. He went in-depth about the art of it and how it has gone dark over the past number of years and even reflected on his time in WWE and how they dealt with aspects of the sport such as managers.
"Managing got out of the spotlight somewhere in the '90's, the Attitude Era, when the era of the valet took over, in WWE in particular. From that respect, it's a lost art. Nowadays though, look at a guy like Paul Heyman, who's very, very, very good at what he does, who is as important to the Brock Lesnar package as Brock Lesnar is I dare say," said Jacobs of Heyman. "I just think it's coming back," said Jacobs. "I think that for so long, it was a WWE policy. WWE really sets the tone for everything else in this business - this kind of trickle-down effect. It was literally a policy, 'Hey, we don't hire male managers.' It's really just something that's just got going again, I think in the last handful of years."
Jimmy Jacobs further spoke on the abilities and size of Kongo Kong. To read the full interview, click here.