Jimmy Jacobs, who currently works for Impact, once was in WWE as a writer. From April 2015 to October 11th, 2017. He tells the story of how he got fired.
This is what Jimmy Jacobs said on the “Insiders Podcast, “I knew it wasn’t gonna be received well, that’s for sure. I was in the arena and I think Kevin Owens texted me, ‘Hey are The Bucks there? Are they there?’ And I hadn’t heard anything about it from inside the arena. He goes ‘Yeah, I think they’re outside. I think they’re shooting something.’ So I went out there, and it’s like ‘Holy crap, The Bucks are here,’ and I just saw them, we exchanged pleasantries, and just as I was getting ready to leave I said ‘Hey guys, let’s take a picture,’ and I took a picture, never intending to post it. I was in gorilla position during segment 3 or 4 and I just go ‘screw it’ and I just post it. I knew there was a chance people wouldn’t like it. I didn’t care.”
“I look back at it and I really see it almost like a child acting out. I wanted to get in trouble and them be like ‘well he’s good at his job, so let’s keep him around.’ I wanted to just expand my wings. I wanted to go [exasperated sigh] ‘let me just be how I am, however weird that is,’ so I took the picture.
Well, he got in trouble… like he thought he would.
Jimmy Jacobs continues, “25 minutes later, Michael Hayes, Road Dogg, Dave Kapoor [Ranjin Singh] come to the room. They kick everybody else out. Dave’s like ‘why am I seeing this?’ I’m like ‘yeah well I wasn’t thinking.’ Hunter’s pissed about it. … He wasn’t happy about it but he was cool about it. Hunter’s a reasonable guy. Hunter’s a smart guy too. It was Hunter’s vision that saw independent wrestlers could be successful and really started to target them. Hunter’s a smart guy and he’s a reasonable guy but he was upset about this. So I talked to him, he seemed fine with it.”
“I remember going ‘if I make it through today I’ll be fine.’ Then first thing in the morning, an administrative assistant comes to me and is like ‘yeah, can you come meet Dave in HR office.’ I remember being by the elevator and thinking ‘this is it, this is the day I’m getting fired from WWE.’ Like what a day! ‘What an exciting, noteworthy day today is.’ Not every day is like that. So yeah, they fired me. It was mostly a relief.”
Did Jimmy Jacobs want to get fired? Did WWE overreact? Or were they right do so?
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