9. The Young Bucks Learn A Lesson That One Day Changes The Course Of History
Before the Performance Center was erected, and the system of recruiting and developing talent was conducted exclusively in-house, what often (but not always) happened was thus: if a wrestler plied their trade on the independent circuit, and made a WWE connection of some kind, they'd work an unofficial tryout match before a TV taping or do "extra" work at the taping itself.
If WWE deemed the talent promising, and they didn't show their arse under the lights, they'd extend a developmental offer their way. The talent, if successful, would then - depending on the timeline - shore up in Ohio or Florida. Or, if they were unlucky or had committed an atrocity in a previous life, Deep South Wrestling in Georgia.
This is how the Bucks first appeared in WWE's peripheral: they made a contact in Marty Jannetty, who then suggested that Shawn Michaels take a look at them. Shawn was nice to them and had heard raves over their work secondhand. The Bucks thought they were in - but Michaels, a Raw talent, wasn't at SmackDown. Before a wardrobe snafu ruined Matt Jackson's TV match with Chuck Palumbo - he was too busy adjusting his gear to sell - then developmental head honcho John Laurinaitis couldn't even be bothered to make small talk with the Bucks, wandering off before the word "Hi" had even left Matt's mouth.
Worse, Matt revealed in In the Bucks' autobiography 'Killing The Business' that the backstage WWE environment gave him anxiety - which had rather a lot to do with the fact that various unnamed top stars called he and Nick smaller than their two-year-old sons and homophobic slurs. WWE wasn't for the Young Bucks.
If the culture in WWE wasn't so toxic, perhaps there might not even be an All Elite Wrestling.