First time I met Eddie in August of 2003 at a Smackdown show in Detroit. Alex Shelley, Chris Hero and I were there working out in the ring before the show. Eddie stopped and took the time to watch us all wrestle, then to come up to us afterwards and compliment us.
Then in May of this year, I worked with him in Reading, PA. I can probably say working on WWE Smackdown with him was one of the best experiences in my life. The thing I thought was really cool about him, which I also thought was really cool about Chris Candido (God rest his soul too), was that for a guy who has been there and done that, for a man who has main evented Wrestlemania as the world heavyweight champion, he treated me as an equal. I was a 21 year old kid just happy to be getting work, and he acted as though I were on par with him. Just to show you my experience with this, not to totally kill the business, but that day when I found out I was working with Eddie, I went up to him and said “Hi. I’m Jimmy. I think we’re working together tonight.” The first thing Eddie did was apologize. “Jimmy. I want to apologize for the match. I would love to have a competitive match with you, but tonight this match needs to be %100 me. Please understand this is just business. I’m truly sorry, and I want to thank you for your professionalism. God willing, we’ll work again under better circumstances.” It really struck me that he would do that. I mean, seriously. I was happy just to have work, just to be getting paid, just to be on the show, just to be working for WWE, just to be in the ring with him, yet he was apologizing to me. As the day went on, almost every time we talked, he apologized, thanked me, and was almost trying to sell me on the fact that it’d be ok to get squashed by him, as if I was doing him a favor. Before the match, one of the agents for our match came up to me and said, “Jimmy, now, you know this is going to be a stiff match, right?” I said “Sure.” But Eddie never touched me. Even on the finish when he gave me the brainbuster on the chair, he took total care of me.- Jimmy Jacobs