Jimmy Jacobs Compares IMPACT To WWE, Talks WWE’s ‘Day Of’ Script Changes, & Vince McMahon’s ‘Best Idea Wins’ Mentality

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Sean Ross Sapp of Fightful recently interviewed Jimmy Jacobs ahead of his January 4th, ZeloPro appearance in Milwaukee, WI. Transcription highlights appear courtesy of Fightful.com

Jacobs Compares WWE & IMPACT:

They’re similar in that you have a finite roster and number of stars that matter on that roster. It’s hard to have a match between a couple of guys that aren’t that established. That’s how it’s similar. The difference in Impact is I don’t have to answer to a Vince McMahon or someone with that same personality type. That has its benefits. One of the other good things about Impact is the rules are what we make them. If I want — instead of having a match at Bound For GloryAllie and Su Yung can go into the underworld and (they) can fight there. What if Su kidnaps Allie’s friend, and Allie has to go there and we get to shoot something in an alternate dimension — we can go there. It’s kind of nice that no matter what happens, these are the six weeks of tv. After week one, we’re not going to drastically change what happens on next week’s TV. In WWE, I was very surprised by how week-to-week it was. How you could try to do something, but generally that would get derailed quite quickly.

On WWE’s Last Minute Script Changes:

Day of changes to the show happened every week. Something I agree with that Vince says — the best idea wins. Even if it’s at the eleventh hour. Let’s do that better thing, not ‘we already have this on paper.’ It would vary. Sometimes it would be minimal, sometimes you’d get to the show (and it changes). I remember one time we were in Houston, Texas, and Vince likes to visit his mom when he’s there. He gets to the show late and changed a significant portion of the show. I think this show started with Roman Reigns and he was coming in from the concourse like The Shield used to do, and a writer had to give Roman the script for what’s going to happen minutes before he’s supposed to go out there. That gave me an appreciate for how well that place runs.

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