Jimmy Jacobs talks about McMahon backing up Styles after doubting him at first
Jimmy Jacobs remembered a 2016 scenario that led to Vince McMahon going for a main event run for a new star in AJ Styles.
“When AJ Styles came into #WWE, Vince McMahon was skeptical of him for every reason you might think. He came in at Royal Rumble, got a great reaction when he came in and Vince was still skeptical and said ‘well that’s just one audience.’ Can he talk? What’s his character? Does anybody know who he is? All the reasons you would think. But it was Vince McMahon’s idea to have AJ work with Roman Reigns a few months later. We had all pitched our ideas and figured you’d want to give him a strong heel. The strong heels we had at that point were Chris Jericho and Kevin Owens, and Vince was like ‘we’re going with AJ Styles.’ You have to give the devil his due in those moments.” said Jacobs.
Styles would go on to be a two-time WWE Champion, including a reign that saw him hold the title for over a year.