Not bitter, just not naive. I'll give you my views on it, and if I'm wrong so be it, but I don't believe I am.
1. TNA gut check is nothing more than a way to make money. When in your life have you ever paid for a job interview. Thats what a tryout is, an interview. Sure they may find someone that sparks an interest, but those are very few. If it does happen for them, right place, right time.
2.NOONE in WWE or TNA is surfing Facebook or youtube looking for your video. Send it through the proper channels and if they have time and inclination maybe they will look at it. Right place, right time.
3.If you are friends with someone in TNA or WWE and they go out on a limb and suggest to the talent relations people that you may be worth a look and you get it(it does happen) right place, right time.
4. It was way easier to get signed even 15 years ago than it is today. back then there was real competition between WCW and WWF. One would sign you just because the other talked to you on the phone once. With only the one major company, guys have nowhere else to go so they don't get the opportunities they once did. Not to mention wrestling is not near as popular as it was then. Right place, right time.
Its all timing guys..you put yourself in the right place at the right time in front of the right people and it can happen. You don't even have to be good, just marketable. Show me otherwise.
To say someone is on "top" because they hold a belt in a major company is absolute Bullshit. Anyone remember David Arquette's title run? It's all about what sells, not skill. Granted there have been many talented guys who are both good in the ring AND are marketable that have held a title...thats just icing on the cake.
And honestly, I've worked for WWE and I can tell you right now without a shadow of a doubt, It is not for me. So there is no jealousy or jaded feelings toward anyone who makes it. I'm very proud and happy for my friends and brothers who get to do what they love for a living. It's not for everyone.
So in a nutshell there are some of my views. Work hard, train hard, learn your craft, and if you're one of the lucky ones in the right place, at the right time, in front of the right people, you can live out your dreams.