Rich Conner : I am here today speaking with none-other than the hidden
gem from the valley. The man that in past weeks and next few months will
explore quite a few new organizations. This man is quite possibly the, no
pun intended, "Next Big Thing" to come out of the Midwest
Cruiserweight Rankings. If you haven't guessed it yet, then shame on
you.... I am talking about the five foot six inched monster, "The Big
Bully" Jimmy Jacobs.... Thanks for doing this interview Jimmy. Is it
Jim or Jimmy?
"Big Bully" Jimmy Jacobs : Jimmy, thanks.
Rich Conner : Okay, well lets start off right away with your
Who trained you?
"Big Bully" Jimmy Jacobs : Joe Ortega, worked under the name El Tejano. He was a
trainee of Jose Lothario. It was an interesting style, learning from him.
Some weird lucha-kinda stuff.
Rich Conner : Where did you train, as far as the city, town,
"Big Bully" Jimmy Jacobs : Holland, MI
Rich Conner : So how long did Joe Ortega train you until your first
"Big Bully" Jimmy Jacobs : Geez man... I started training with
him in early 99. As I
was training with him, his promotion, Lakeshore Wrestling Organization,
needed refs, so I reffed for him too starting in March
of 99. I actually had my first match in May of 99 because one of the
other wrestlers no showed him. I was supposed to have my first match in
June, actually. I trained with him until August of 99. So there... you can
do all that math.
Rich Conner : What gimmick did you play at Lakeshore Wrestling
"Big Bully" Jimmy Jacobs : Jumpin Jimmy Jacobs, which was fortunate for me. Joe,
being from Texas, wanted me in a hood, which I didn't wanna do because I didn't
think I could get over. Somebody just kind of dubbed me Jumpin
Jimmy, so I stuck with it.
Rich Conner : What was your initial thought of the
"Big Bully" Jimmy Jacobs : I liked it. We joked about me coming out with a pogo
ball. You babies of the 80's should remember that. I couldn't find my old
pogo ball so I started doing the pogo stick. I don't think it was over with
the fans much, at least in Holland, but ya know... I was a scrawny 130
pound kid. Nobody was gunna take me seriously, so I just helped them not
take me seriously, you know.
Rich Conner : Was that gimmick used exclusively just for the beginning
period or were you thinking of using it as a permanent role?
"Big Bully" Jimmy Jacobs : Eh, well like I said, nobody was going to take me
seriously. So I just did a goofy gimmick. I thought I'd use it as long as
I was a scrawny little kid.
Rich Conner : Eventually, was the Big Bully character the next gimmick
or was there one in between?
"Big Bully" Jimmy Jacobs : That was the next one. Matt Maverick was running
mid-Michigan and wanted to use me as a heel and gave me that gimmick.
Rich Conner : What was your initial reaction to the new name?
"Big Bully" Jimmy Jacobs : I liked it, ever since the first time I did it. It made
sense for me to do that kind of gimmick as a heel.
Rich Conner : Now, if you haven't answered this already, what was your
first mainstay in a organization..... To rephrase it, where was the first
place that made you feel like you would always have a place on the card?
"Big Bully" Jimmy Jacobs : Maverick was always real good to me. He put me in angles
and always had good spots for me. Also, there was a lady named Cindy
running Lansing in like early 2000 that was really cool to me too like
Rich Conner : Were there any "Major" feuds you were put into
at that time? If so with who?
"Big Bully" Jimmy Jacobs : Not really. I had some matches with other
West-Michiganders, Blitzkrieg Kid Bobby Bambino, Gavin Starr and Ash
Andrews. Gavin's the only one of those guys that really works any more, I
Rich Conner : Now up to this point, you started working in LaSalle with
Powerhouse Championship Wrestling correct?
"Big Bully" Jimmy Jacobs : Yea, I started working for Tim in I think April of 2001,
Rich Conner : How did that come about?
"Big Bully" Jimmy Jacobs : Maverick and Jason Kronan had been goin there a while,
then Cocky Little Brats then Frankie the Face then Jimmy Shalwin. So
basically, a bunch of my friends from Michigan were working there, so I
wanted to as well. I wanted as much work as I could get. And PCW was doin
good. I went to one of their shows before I worked for Tim. It was
Streator High School. Bundy was there, Steel Cage main event, prolly 500
people. It was cool.
Rich Conner : What was your initial thoughts on Tim?
"Big Bully" Jimmy Jacobs : Tim was cool. He gave me work, and took care of the
Rich Conner : Do you recall any feuds in Powerhouse? Valentine maybe?
"Big Bully" Jimmy Jacobs : No real
feuds. I did work Ash Andrews every day of the
2001 Comic Con. I worked Valentine twice. Never a feud. I was just kind of
put in matches with whoever, which was kinda...eh... But that's how it was.
A lot of times, they didn't know who was showing up. I had two back to back
matches with Wyld Chyld, if that counts as a feud.
Rich Conner : Good enough for me.... Now I know one of your favorite
words to say is, "BOOOOOITCH"! As I recall Jonas the Giant also
says this.... Who did it first?
"Big Bully" Jimmy Jacobs : I do like "BIOTCH" I also just like
"Bitch." My little catch phrase in Detroit is "I'm Jimmy
Jacobs... bitch!" and its kind of over. But no, I didn't still
anything from Jonas the Giant. That man's garbage.
Rich Conner : What is your situation with the Powerhouse as of right
now? Can we expect to see the "Big Bully" when LOD and the Iron
Shiek make their way in late November at their big
"Big Bully" Jimmy Jacobs : No, I wont be there. He told me that if I work for RCW
that I wont be back in PCW. I'd like to be at their show, but PCW and RCW
just have all that heat. Neither one wants their guys working for the
other. Blah... heat sucks.
Rich Conner : Ya Heat sucks, but it happens. So speaking of RCW... How
did you go about leaving Powerhouse and "jumping the Indy ship"
into the Revolution?
"Big Bully" Jimmy Jacobs :
Jay Rep IMed me one day asking me to work for RCW. I told
him I would as soon as I was ready to leave PCW, basically. Once the Jonas
Brothers came back, I was ready to leave.
Rich Conner : I take it there is some heat there?
"Big Bully" Jimmy Jacobs : Man, I'll tell ya, there are like so few people in this
business I really hate. But those Jonas Brothers... I'll tell ya bro.
Rich Conner : Any definite reason?
"Big Bully" Jimmy Jacobs : They're assholes. Ask anybody that's known them. They
made Comic Con this year no fun... well some of it, at least. Little Jonas
was bitching the whole time that I was "disrespecting us veterans."
That dude actually called himself a veteran. He's probably had 2 dozen
matches. HORRIBLE. They booked an angle for me on the last PCW show I did,
just so they could mess with me in the ring. In doing so, they messed up
all the matches that the real PCW booker (who couldn't be there) had.
They're not even in the business. They just play wrestling every once in a
Rich Conner : Interesting.... So as you parted way from the Powerhouse
to start a "Revolution" with fellow former Powerhouse Wrestler
Cameron Cage and Tweek Phoenix in Revolution Championship Wrestling.....
What were your fears, thoughts, and feelings on the switch?
"Big Bully" Jimmy Jacobs : Ummm, I was
disappointed to leave PCW, especially just
because half the reason I left was because the Jonas Brothers and Tim got
rid of them. I'm excited though. RCW has a lot of good young guys that I'm
looking forward to having some great matches with. And hopefully I'll get
some more exposure working there. God knows I cant get any exposure
working in Michigan all the time. So, I'm really positive and enthusiastic
about RCW in general.
Rich Conner : What were your first thoughts on the RCW Administration,
Jay Repsel and Curt Razo?
"Big Bully" Jimmy Jacobs : They were fine. I had never met Curt before or Jay. I had
only talked to Jay online. They seemed cool and wanted to do some fun
stuff with me in RCW, so I'm up for that
Rich Conner : Meeting up with Tweek Phoenix and Cameron Cage, both
Powerhouse Veterans, had to be a breathe of fresh as coming into a new locker room
atmosphere? Didn't it?
"Big Bully" Jimmy Jacobs : Yea, it was good seeing Tweek and Cameron there. It gave
me some people to talk to. I did like the locker room. The guys were all
good and I talked to most of them, I think. Real cool. I'm looking forward
to working a lot of them. I have Jason Allen on Nov 16. He looks like a
Rich Conner : Let's not forget your reunion with Marvin the Heckler!
"Big Bully" Jimmy Jacobs : Oh man... and his goofy ass friend. Those guys are out of
control. That one dude put his hands on me, and I made him look like a
bloody monkey's ass. I'll do it again if he touches me on November 16.
Rich Conner : You did look very stylish in his glasses though
"Big Bully" Jimmy Jacobs : My vision was all blurred with those thick frames on, but
I think I still looked alright.
Rich Conner : What's next for the "Big Bully"?
"Big Bully" Jimmy Jacobs : I'm workin hard on my body, continually. I'm really
trying to work some different places. I've spent this past year working in
Detroit just about every weekend. I'd like to go out and work new people
and learn more. I'm an Indy wrestler. I wanna go out and drive 12 hours
for gas money and work a sweet match in front of 70 people. That's what I
Rich Conner : I have a few more questions before we just into the
MidwestMarks.com "Name Game"...
Rich Conner : One being, what was the feeling of seeing yourself ranked
479 out of 500 in the Pro Wrestling Illustrated rankings?
"Big Bully" Jimmy Jacobs : XClent. It's cool. It doesn't really mean that I'm the
479th best professional wrestler in the world, but it's a nice treat.
After doing this 3 and a half years, some times you wonder why. It's a
perk to go to the store and see a small write up in a nationally published
magazine about yourself.
Rich Conner : How exactly do you think the word got out to PWI about
"Big Bully" Jimmy Jacobs : I know a few different promoters send the info in about
their guys. Our group of West Michigan guys sent info in for the past
couple years too.
Rich Conner : Awesome, next quick question... Will we ever see Jimmy
Jacobs as Jumpin Jimmy EVER again?
Rich Conner : Jumpin
"Big Bully" Jimmy Jacobs : Yea... probably. I'm sure of it, actually. The gimmick is
really over in Lansing, MI and still do it there, with the full top hat
and pogo stick. So I haven't stopped doing the gimmick all together yet
Rich Conner : Well, will we see it's debut in the Central IL Area
"Big Bully" Jimmy Jacobs : I'm guessing not. I don't
have any plans at the moment to
do it much any more. So for now, RCW will have to settle for the Freight
Train Jimmy Jacobs
Rich Conner : Hehe, one last question before the game.... If any other
of your "Powerhouse" Buddy could "Jump the LaSalle
Ship" who would you like to see do it?
"Big Bully" Jimmy Jacobs : Well Frankie, Magnum and Shalwin are the West Michigan
guys I always rode up with to PCW, and they're some of my best friends in
the world. I don't really think I'd like them to "jump ship"
though. Lyle uses the well there, and they're happy there. In an ideal
world where anybody would work anywhere, I'd love for them to work with me
in RCW. But they're doing well in PCW, so... I guess that's that.
"Big Bully" Jimmy Jacobs : that should read "Lyle uses them well"
Rich Conner : Ready for the name game?
"Big Bully" Jimmy Jacobs : I'm excited. Lets do it
Rich Conner : Jay Repsel
"Big Bully" Jimmy Jacobs :
Don't know him much yet as a person. As a promoter, he's
got a good thing going.
Rich Conner : Cameron Cage
"Big Bully" Jimmy Jacobs : I hardly know the guy. I've seen him work maybe twice,
both times against Frankie the Face. His work seems real solid.
Rich Conner : Tweek Phoenix
"Big Bully" Jimmy Jacobs : Come a LONG way. I saw his first match. He's come a long
way. He's got potential to be real good.
Rich Conner : Damian
"Big Bully" Jimmy Jacobs : I
haven't actually seen him since PCW. Even since I saw
him last, he'd come a long way from his beginnings.
Rich Conner : Tim Lye
Rich Conner : Tim Lyle
"Big Bully" Jimmy Jacobs : Indy wrestling promoter. Gave me work for a year and a
Rich Conner : Jonas Bothers
"Big Bully" Jimmy Jacobs : Waste of space
Rich Conner : Joe Ortega
"Big Bully" Jimmy Jacobs : Crazy Texan who broke me into the business.
Rich Conner : Matt Maverick
"Big Bully" Jimmy Jacobs : I respect Matt Maverick. He's been real good to our guys.
He was the veteran of the Lakeshore Wrestling Organization locker room. He
helped us out then, and continues to do
so. And he's got a plethora of tights.
Rich Conner : And Action Figures lol
"Big Bully" Jimmy Jacobs : Yes. He sells the gimmicks. Smart man
Rich Conner : "Lover boy" Bill E. Valentine
"Big Bully" Jimmy Jacobs : He's good. I like all of Brandon Bishop's kids. I feel
bad because I had a couple matches with Bill, and I was pretty lazy in our
second match. I'd really like to work him again and have a kick ass match.
Rich Conner : Double M
"Big Bully" Jimmy Jacobs :
Don't know him. Watched his match with Jason Allen. Good
Rich Conner : Cocky Little Brats
"Big Bully" Jimmy Jacobs : I was almost a CLB. Ortega wanted me under a hood, and I
almost was the Mystery CLB in a green mask with a blonde wig sewed to it.
VERY close to being a CLB. Tommy Mac is the greatest guy in the world.
Asten is a freak, and I love him. Those are two guys that were all cool to
me when I was breaking in the business. The HYPE Jimmy Shalwin is an occasional
CLB too. He's one of my best friends. Under rated wrestler. He
just needs a look.
Rich Conner : Osiris
"Big Bully" Jimmy Jacobs : Always nice to me in the back.
Don't know him well at all,
Rich Conner : Marvin the Heckler
"Big Bully" Jimmy Jacobs : Out of control. Good for him for
coming to Indy wrestling
shows. But he's just outta hand.
Rich Conner : Metropolis Maniacs
"Big Bully" Jimmy Jacobs : I
don't know a thing about them. They're loud fans. That's good.
Rich Conner : Midwest Marks
"Big Bully" Jimmy Jacobs : Great. Its the page my internet browser opens with. Any
site that promotes Indy wrestling is over. Midwest Marks gives no love to
Michigan, though. There are some good guys in Michigan- N8 Mattson, Chris
Sabin, Frankie the Face, Breyer Wellington, Alex Shelley, Truth Martini,
Tenacious Z (one legged wrestler), and more. Michigan needs some love. But
midwestmarks.com is still over with me.
Rich Conner : We will have to get into that area then, maybe you could
help us out there..
"Big Bully" Jimmy Jacobs : Absolutely.
Rich Conner : I just about forgot, but tell us a bit about your band
called, "Good Question"!
"Big Bully" Jimmy Jacobs : Worst name for a band, ever. I like music, always have. I
guess, whatever keeps me up in front of people. The music business is a lot
like the wrestling business, actually. The bitch about a band is that it's
like being a wrestler and a promoter. You have to promote the hell outta
your shows and play, you know. Its good times though. http://goodquestion.hypermart.net
Rich Conner : And are there downloadable songs on the site, or anyway to
hear your music on this address?
"Big Bully" Jimmy Jacobs : Yea... there's a link on there to
which is where you can download some of our newer and older songs.
Rich Conner : If you are a fan of punk music, definitely listen to his
band... They have the mix of MxPx and Sugarcult......
Rich Conner : One more thing, what's the difference between Jimmy Jacobs
the person and the gimmick?
"Big Bully" Jimmy Jacobs : Eh... you cant say punk. We're not punk. It'll piss off
all the punks if you call us punk
Rich Conner : Fine fine..... Corporate Punk? that good?
"Big Bully" Jimmy Jacobs : Works for me
Rich Conner : So what's the difference between the gimmick and the man?
"Big Bully" Jimmy Jacobs : The difference between the gimmick and the person... the
gimmick is just an extension of myself. I think that's how it is with most
people. You take a part of yourself and magnify it 10 times.
"Big Bully" Jimmy Jacobs : I dunno. You can ask Gavin Starr. I think he'd say I'm
more of a goof in real life than my gimmick shows, but whatever.
"Big Bully" Jimmy Jacobs : There's another under rated Michigan worker too, BTW.
Rich Conner : Keep in touch on Michigan Workers, I'll get into that on
the site.... But I must ask this for DR and Wes as my last question ,
what's your favorite video game, and if you could be any star from a video
game who would it be and why...
"Big Bully" Jimmy Jacobs : My name of my finishing move (the Blazing
believe is the real name for it. It was Suicide Kid's old finisher) is the
Up Up Down Down Left Right Left Right B A B A Start. So you tell me what
my favorite video game is.
Rich Conner : Isn't that the cheat for Contra?
"Big Bully" Jimmy Jacobs : The 30 lives code, you're damn
Rich Conner : Woo, go me! Like I need it though
"Big Bully" Jimmy Jacobs : Well me neither, but still...
Rich Conner : I only need one life, and watch out!!! ITS OVER!
"Big Bully" Jimmy Jacobs : As far as who I'd wanna be from a video game, Allucard,
from Castlevania Symphony of the Night. He's half vampire, half vampire
killer. Awesome. I'm a vampire mark
Rich Conner : So you must like Blade right?
"Big Bully" Jimmy Jacobs :
Actually, I'm not a big movie guy.
"Big Bully" Jimmy Jacobs : I wrestled a guy named Ricki Blade once that looked like
Blade. I don't think that counts.
Rich Conner : hehe, isn't it strange that we touched on so many
different things having nothing to do with themselves. Like: Pogo Sticks,
Contra, Vampires, Wrestling, Punk Music...
"Big Bully" Jimmy Jacobs :
That's the life of Jimmy Jacobs. And headbands and licking
rats too. But yea... strange.
Rich Conner : lol, well it's been fun.... Any last comments for plugs?
"Big Bully" Jimmy Jacobs : Eh, go to
Indy shows. And if you're bored go to http://jimmyjacobs.hypermart.net
and if you're really bored go to http://goodquestion.hypermart.net
Rich Conner : thanks Jimmy for your time
"Big Bully" Jimmy Jacobs : Thank you bro. Good journey.