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The Independent Pro Wrestling Pot Calling the Kettle Black

You Are Not Getting Booked Fan PageSocial media giant Facebook has a new page; “You Are NOT Getting Booked“. It exploits the photos and videos of people claiming to be professional wrestlers looking to get jobs with a Tennessee wrestling promotion owned by Tony Givens.

Tony “the Dragon” Givens has promoted professional wrestling in east Tennessee for eleven years. Mr. Givens started wrestling with Southern States Wrestling (SSW) an east Tennessee promotion, but broke off on his own and created Championship Wrestling (CW) and soon after Championship Wrestling Alliance (CWA). This past December the CWA became an affilait of the National Wrestling Alliance (NWA) and is now branded NWA:Smoky Mountain. (NWASmokyMountain.com)

A few days ago Tony Givens created a Facebook page that showcases pictures and video of people wanting to work for his company. Along with every picture or video posted, Mr. Givens writes a small parody of the wrestler and finishes with “you are NOT getting booked”. The page has about 900 “likes”, which is astonishing considering that NWA Smoky Mountain’s facebook page has not reached 300 “likes” in it’s nine months of existence.

The page is compelling, not so much in that a successful east Tennessee wrestling promoter writes funny quips about wrestlers that have “not made for TV looks”, but it is compelling the feedback it is receiving.

The feedback, is mostly negative. Wrestlers and promoters add to Mr. Givens’ parody of the wrestler in question by adding one liners about the look or in ring work of the would be NWA:Smoky Mountain wrestler. The irony is, most of the mudslingers are no better looking then the wrestlers they insult.

I will not claim that I have seen any of the mudslingers work, nor will I say that I have any knowledge of the people outside of what Mr. Givens has provided to his audience. What I will say is most of the mudslingers, with the exception of Tony Givens and few others should not be commenting. If it were not for them adding comments about the others they themselves would probably be featured with the tag line “you are NOT getting booked” by Mr. Givens eventually.

Tony Givens’ promotion is heavy on in ring work. NWA Smoky Mountain is not “sports entertainment” it is pure southern professional wrestling and attracts big names from around the wrestling world. Mr. Givens promotes events with top names such as ECW star EZ Money, WWE Hall of Famer Ricky Steamboat, NWA legend Ricky Morton, ROH current champion Davey Richards, then NWA world champion AJ Styles, and up and coming sensations like Jason Kincaid, Sigmon and Chase Owens. Tony Givens recognizes talent and he promotes it well, that is why he can run “You Are NOT Getting Booked” on Facebook.

The page has gotten so successful that T-shirts are already in the works. Mr. Givens has had to restrict posting privileges because of the influx of people wanting to showcase wrestlers they have seen. Tony Givens now ask that any pictures or videos be sent to his web site so he can display for everyone’s enjoyment.

Enjoy the view.

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Eric is the owner and editor-in-chief of the Camel Clutch Blog. Eric has worked in the pro wrestling industry since 1995 as a ring announcer in ECW and a commentator/host on television, PPV, and home video. Eric also hosted Pro Wrestling Radio on terrestrial radio from 1998-2009. Check out some of Eric's work on his IMDB bio and Wikipedia. Eric has an MBA from Temple University's Fox School of Business.

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