|Yep, he's getting booked.|
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Yeah, that video I posted where Team Ambition became Wrestling's Most Wanted was filmed after a NWA Smoky Mountain show, a show, I might add, that featured the three guys prominently in the final matches wreaking havoc and establishing themselves as the new invading faction. Way to show 'em, guys. I guess nitpicky stuff about gear is anathema, but being a locker room cancer is okay.
This reminds me back to when Gabe Sapolsky pretty much had an aneurysm on Twitter because Aaron Epic dared retweet someone wanting him to be booked for a DGUSA/EVOLVE Florida swing. He pretty much spent an entire two days burying the poor kid for poor etiquette, but everyone knew that Lince Dorado actually tweeted Sapolsky himself for a booking. After getting a rap on the knuckles, he actually did get booked for the WrestleMania weekend swing. It didn't matter that Dorado violated protocol. Sapolsky thought he could make money using him, so he booked him.
That's a huge reason why "You Are NOT Getting Booked" was bullshit from get-go one. This wasn't about a code of conduct, ever. It was about some idealistic curmudgeon who wished things would just go back to the idyllic good ol' days venting about the state of workers and how they're disrespectful slobs. I guarantee you that if Kevin Steen showed up at his door wearing his hockey shorts and cut-off tee-shirt looking for a booking, he'd get it. Just like it didn't matter if Davey Richards and his crew ripped off a promoter in Iowa (but hey, they PayPalled him back, so it's okay!) or that Tony Kozina handled a sarcastic comment from a teenager in the least professional and most sociopathic way possible. They put asses in the seats.
The moral of the story is that whenever someone in charge of a wrestling company starts announcing codes of conduct for getting booked, take it with a grain of salt. It's probably bullshit. Promoters are fickle beings, and they'll book people or not book people depending on whether the potential for cash outweighs their violation. It takes a special kind of person to be a wrestling booker, and most of them aren't exactly the most stable person in the world. Vince McMahon is not the anomaly. I'd say someone like Mike Quackenbush is, but even he was reputed to have his own quirks and tiffs in the past.
If you judge your wrestlers by how a promoter portrays them in a meme, you're going to end up being disappointed more often than not. If anything, stuff like "You Are NOT Getting Booked" and the incident in Iowa should put you, as a fan, off to the backstage wheelings and dealings of the wrestling industry. Just pay mind to what's in the ring and on TV. You'll be a lot better off for it.