Rosemary gives praise to Jimmy Jacobs for his creativity.
The 15th anniversary of IMPACT Wrestling's Slammiversary pay-per-view commences tonight from Dallas, Texas. There are four championship matches slated for the show including a Monster's Ball match for the IMPACT Knockouts Championship. The champion Taya Valkyrie, Su Yung, Rosemary and Havok will meet in the specialty match to claim dominance over IMPACT's women's division.
Each character in the match differentiates from the other and Rosemary credits part of her uniqueness to IMPACT Wrestling creative writer Jimmy Jacobs. Rosemary stated that Jacobs directs most of her segments and praised him for being articulate and intelligent.
"Pre-tapes, backstage promos, there are general ideas about where the conversation needs to go,” Rosemary said during an interview with TV Insider. “Jimmy Jacobs is the one who directs most of our backstage stuff. He knows I would know how to say things. I know how I would present things, and I know how Rosemary would look at things. He allows a lot of freedom. The way Jimmy had the scene playing out in his head is basically how it was presented on our TV,” she said. “The way he explained it to us. One of Allie’s bucket list items was to die in a horror film. So when we read the script of how she was being written off, I looked at her saying, ‘You know you got your wish.’ It was really fun to shoot. It was really different. When Jimmy told me I was going to chop off all those bridesmaids’ heads, probably the happiest moment I had in wrestling. He is so articulate and smart. I feel like that kind of presentation elevates my own,” Rosemary said. “I got the same feeling doing promos with Matt Hardy. I felt that elevated me where you’re either going to get eaten up by this really good promo man or you’re going to bring yourself up and reach their level, and it’s going to make you better.”
The first Monster's Ball match took place at TNA's Victory Road show in 2004 involving Monty Brown, Raven and former NWA World Heavyweight Champion Abyss. Rosemary stated that prior to Abyss departing from IMPACT, he was asked about the hardcore-style matches and Rosemary received information from him about that specific genre of wrestling. She stated that she'll probably give Abyss a ring ahead of Slammiversary.
“Abyss was still there. We were talking to him [about] how to construct and lay out different spots and set them up and how to make it flow into a good story beyond high spot and no real build,” she said. “In any good no DQ street fight, it can just be a car crash of weapon spots or a symphony of destruction where each crash, spot and weapon builds to something more. I’ll probably be giving him a call for a brush-up. I’ve been watching some old matches and remembering how that barbwire felt and preparing for that. The creativity and not just me. Su is up for anything. Jessicka and I have worked several times. Taya, people forget the crazy, violent matches she did in Mexico. There are images of her face covered in blood. So all four of us are going to have ideas to bring into this match. It’s going to be really fun.”
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Rosemary praised Jimmy Jacobs during this interview and Fightful had the opportunity to chat with Jacobs about his time in wrestling as an enhancement talent. Click here for some of Jacobs' stories.