Justin Barrasso of Sports Illustrated interviewed former WWE writer Jimmy Jacobs for SI.com's "Week In Wrestling" feature. During the interview, Jacobs discussed the 2016 career vs. title program between Dolph Ziggler and Intercontinental Champion The Miz and admitted that John Cena was skeptical of the angle. Below are some highlights:
John Cena's reaction when hearing about the angle:
"John Cena was always really great to me. John saw that I had the passion, so he'd always check in on me. He asked me what I was doing that day in Cleveland, so I told him. He gave me a, 'Well, we'll see how that goes.' He was really skeptical, basically saying, 'I don't think that's going to work.' And I'm not knocking John Cena. John was the man. I f------ love John Cena. But with the way I had it laid out, we weren't leaving on boos directed at the Miz or Dolph ending by saying, 'I'm going to kick your ass!' We were leaving on the gravity of Dolph putting his career on the line.
"John said to me, 'We're in a yay-boo business. You've got to leave them with either cheering Dolph Ziggler or booing The Miz.' So I said, 'Well, we're up in four minutes, so we'll see.'"
Cena's reaction after the angle:
"John watched from 'Gorilla'. Afterwards, he said, 'I was skeptical of that, but that was a homerun. I really felt that.' I was really proud of that."
Jacobs also discussed working with Vince McMahon, Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn being sent home from the U.K. tour, appearing at last week's Impact tapings and more. You can check out the full interview by clicking here.
Source: Sports Illustrated