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Jimmy Jacobs (english)
CAGEMATCH: Thank you for giving us from www.cagematch.de the chance to ask some questions.
JIMMY JACOBS: No Problem.
CAGEMATCH: What first made you want to get into pro wrestling? Were you a wrestling fan growing up? When did you say, "That is what I want to do"? And what did your family/friends say about that?
JIMMY JACOBS: I can remember being like 5 years old and my brother having a tape that was labeled "Midnight Rockers & Nickbockwinkle." I went to my first wrestling show in March of 91, so I would have been just turned 7 at the time; main event was Ultimate Warrior vs Sgt. Slaughter in s steel cage. I'm not exactly sure at what point I said to myself that I'm putting all my effort in life into wrestling until I can make a living off it, but some how, that's what I'm doing. My friends for the most part are in the wrestling business. The ones who aren't generally think it's kind of cool, but don't quite understand it. My family doesn't mind it, after all if was my dad who got us into wrestling, but they wish I'd put the
effort into school that I put into wrestling.
CAGEMATCH: Who trained you? What was the first week of your professional wrestling training like? Was it hard to start professional training?
JIMMY JACOBS: A man named Joe Ortega, who worked as El Tejano, trained me. Ya know, I just kinda weaselled my way into training. Before that, I had been doing the website for his wrestling promotion, and he liked me a lot (for the time being, I guess). Most the guys there liked me too, so things were hard at times, but not killer.
CAGEMATCH: Now let's talk about the IWA Mid-South. How did you get involved in them and what do you think about the fans?
JIMMY JACOBS: I had known some of the guys that worked there for a while. Dave Prazak always talked about IWA Mid South and would give me tapes of it, and I tried to keep up with my indy wrestling too, so I kinda knew it was a good place to be. As story goes, I was traveling down to Atlanta to attend a camp run by Dave Taylor and such. I was going to pass right thru Louisville on that Saturday, so it'd work perfectly for me to work for IWA that day. I got Ian's number from Adam Gooch, I believe and called him up. I had met him once, but on the phone, he didn't know who I was. Whatever the case, he seemed to like me enough just talking to me on the phone to book me for one show. So November 30 I made my IWA debut, and I've been there regurlarly since. As far as the fans go, I think they're great fans, some of the most respectful I've ever worked in front of, I just which that there were more on some nights. But hwen you work for IWA, you go all out every time, no matter how many people are there. That's the beauty of it.
CAGEMATCH: What do you think about performing in front of the crowd and does it matter for you, whether there are 100 or just 10 people out there?
JIMMY JACOBS: Funny that this be the next question because I just started to touch on that. It's never made a difference to me, honestly. There are times that I wish more people were there at shows. I mean, that can make a big difference, as far as having an
electricity in the air and what not. But I think for the most part, especially in IWA, guys go out and give in their all every single time.
CAGEMATCH: Do you feel fans today are too demanding? Is it to much "we want more high spots and bumps"?
JIMMY JACOBS: Some times it feels that way, but ya know honestly, Alex Shelley and I have gotten over in IWA, I believe, by having good matches that have a lot of good mat wrestling in them. I don't ever feel the need to kill myself when I'm wrestling, outside of special occations.
CAGEMATCH: Would you please describe your gimmick "Barbaric Berzerker" to us? Who came up with this idea? And further, who came up with "The Touch" from the movie "Transformers as your entrance theme?
JIMMY JACOBS: I don't know what my gimmick is. I wear furry boots and I HUSS. That's basically it. My friend, Jimmy Shalwin, and I marked out for Jon Nord and we would HUSS at each other all the time. We joked about doing a furry boot gimmick for a long time, then one day I was like "I need furry boots." I think "The Touch" was kinda the same way. My Brother and I used to talk about coming out to it, so I did. I guess wrestling is about setting yourself apart from other people, so yea, that's what I've always tried to do.
CAGEMATCH: How well, in your opinion, are you and your gimmick received by the fans? And where can I buy those boots? ;-D
JIMMY JACOBS: I think it's been received very well. Certainly it's been received better some places than others, but I think people, whether they liked the gimmick or not, will go home remembering the kid in furry boots with HUSS on his butt, even if they don't know my name. That's the point. And boots aren't for sale, although I've been told I need to sell them.
CAGEMATCH: Now let's speak about your finisher the "Up-Up-Down-Down-Left-Right-Left-Right-B-A-SELECT START". Okay we know, that there exists a band with this name and a cheat for the NES Game Contra (and probably mane more). So which of these was most influential when you searched for a finisher name? The band or the cheat?
JIMMY JACOBS: I didnt even know that was a band. I used that name cuz I've always been a big Contra mark.
CAGEMATCH: You have wrestled with many tag team partners, but do you have a favourite partner? And if, why?
JIMMY JACOBS: I've had a lot of tag partners here and there. I'd say my favorite was the Blitzkrieg Kid Bobby Bambino. I just thought we had good tag chemestry.
CAGEMATCH: The Swiss Money Holding (Ares & Double C) are very well-known here in Germany as they worked for many promotions in the past and are one of the best tag teams over here. You mentioned Double C once on your homepage, when did you get to know him and what do you think about him?
JIMMY JACOBS: I met Double C when he was in Atlanta for a week training at Dave Taylor's school. He didn't have a car so me and Frankie the Face kinda took him under our wing and drove him around and hung out with him. Him and Ares just came over to the US for a couple weeks in July. I hung out with them for like a week because we had all the same bookings. They're great. They're such goofballs. I'm putting pics up on my website of my week with them. I got to work them too once in the week. They were so much fun in the ring. Great guys.
CAGEMATCH: Are there some people in the business, that you would call "friends"?
JIMMY JACOBS: A lotta people, sure.
CAGEMATCH: Besides IWA Mid-South you wrestled for lots of other US Indy pomotions is there. Is there one promotion you would consider "your home"? And which have been your favourite promotions to work for?
JIMMY JACOBS: I consider IWA my home. I consider IWR in Detroit, MI my home too. Those are my favorite places to work right now. ROH was a boat load of fun, and I can't wait to go back.
CAGEMATCH: What was the funniest story you've experienced inside a wrestling ring/locker room?
JIMMY JACOBS: So much goofy stuff happens, but I can't think right now.
CAGEMATCH: Does winning championship belts mean anything special to you?
JIMMY JACOBS: Eh... kinda yes, kinda no. Obviously when you win a title, you're not really winning it. But truthfully it means that somebody in the company thought highly enough of you for whatever reason to put you as a main player in their company. And that's always flattering.
CAGEMATCH: What are your future plans? WWE? Japan? NWA TNA? RoH? IWA:MS?
JIMMY JACOBS: WWE, Japan, TNA- give me a call guys. I'm going back to ROH August 9 in Dayton, OH. I'm down at IWA Mid South 3 times a month, basically.
CAGEMATCH: Do you give some advices for upcoming wrestlers?
JIMMY JACOBS: Sure. Get trained some where good, and keep you're mouth shut. Really.
CAGEMATCH: Which match is your favourite, with yourself being one of the contestants. And which match without yourself do you like best, past and present?
JIMMY JACOBS: I don't know what my favorite match is for sure. Me and Alex Shelley's iron man match was a good one, I thought. I liked my match with CM Punk a lot. That's definately up there. As far as for my other favorite match, I don't know. There's so many awesome matches in the history of the world. I used to mark out huge for the Wrestlemania 13 submission match between Bret and Austin, so let's say that for now.
CAGEMATCH: If you had the chance to book one match for Jimmy Jacobs, what kind of match would it be and who would be the opponent?
JIMMY JACOBS: Jimmy Jacobs vs Jon Nord. Somebody make it happen.
CAGEMATCH: If somebody would ask "Who is Jimmy Jacobs!?", how would you describe yourself to him/her?
JIMMY JACOBS: I'd just be like "Oy... go to my website" then give them my website address http://jimmyjacobs.hypermart.net
CAGEMATCH: Is there anything you want to say to your German fans?
JIMMY JACOBS: I didn't know I had German fans.
CAGEMATCH: Thanks for this interview and we wish you all the best for your future.
JIMMY JACOBS: Thanks man,adios!
Sports Entertainment: Fair description o
"Wrestling is fake!": I wouldnt say fake
Vince McMahon: funny to see him wrestle Zach Gowen
IWA Mid-South: Opportunity
Transformers: YOU'VE GOT THE TOUCH!
Alex Shelley: I'd like to wrestle this kid some day; I've heard good things about him.
El Tejano: I still haven't worked him, and desperately want to.
Ricky Morton: Perhaps the one guy I want to work more than El Tejano.
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