Former WWE writer Jimmy Jacobs has discussed the insecurity of employment in WWE and says people are only ever one bad interaction away from losing their job.
Jacobs built a career for himself as a wrestler on the independent scene and most notably in Ring Of Honor. As part of groups such as The Age Of The Fall, S.C.U.M, and The Decade Jimmy Jacobs captured the ROH Tag Team Championship five times before leaving the company in 2015.
Jimmy Jacobs then joined WWE as part of the creative team, spending two and a half years with the company. His own time in WWE came to an end in October 2017 after a photo surfaced on social media of Jacobs hanging out with Cody Rhodes and The Young Bucks when Bullet Club “invaded” Raw.
Speaking to Jofo in the Ring, Jimmy Jacobs discussed how he developed a nervousness around Vince McMahon because he believes one wrong word to the WWE Chairman can cause your time in the company to come to a premature end:
“I learned very early on that you’re one weird interaction with Vince away from being fired or being in the doghouse or whatever, and I was so scared to lose my job that I became so trepidatious around Vince, which everybody kind of is. Everybody has their own way of dealing with it.”
“You’re trying to walk within these boundaries because if you step one foot out this boundary, Vince is gonna be like, ‘What? God, this guy doesn’t get it. Urgh, we need to get rid of him. What is he doing here?’ You just don’t know, so Vince became a character that I started to become nervous around, which then just perpetuates the problem.”