Billy Corgan Joins TNA Wrestling, Declares It ‘A Dream Come True’ (VIDEO)
Smashing Pumpkins rocker Billy Corgan has been a vocal professional wrestling fan, having previously founded his own promotion, Resistance Pro Wrestling. Now, he’s going national with a partnership with the de factor No. 2 wrestling promotion in America after WWE, TNA Wrestling (short for Total Non-Stop Action, although I can’t remember the last time they went by that moniker).
TNA Entertainment today announced that Corgan is joining TNA Wrestling as Senior Producer, Creative and Talent Development, effective immediately. In this position, Corgan will develop characters and create story lines for TNA’s flagship program, Impact Wrestling, which airs Friday nights at 9/8c on Destination America.
“I’ve known Billy for years and have always been blown away by his musical artistry, as well as his knowledge and understanding of professional wrestling,” said TNA President Dixie Carter. “He has always impressed me with his creativity and passion for our business. Billy is truly gifted and understands the emotion tied to the psychology of connecting with an audience. The more we talked, the more I realized his perspective has the potential to make a huge impact on our brand.”
“Saying I’m humbled and honored by this opportunity to be part of TNA, a world-class wrestling organization, is an understatement and a dream come true,” said Corgan. “What’s great is the entire TNA organization stands in full support of my music life with the Smashing Pumpkins. In return, I’m fully committed to using my 30 years of entertainment experience, along with my deep-rooted passion for pro wrestling, to take on the thrilling challenge of creatively contributing to IMPACT WRESTLING, finding and developing new talent, and working eye-to-eye with the best-of-the-best. For as cultures currently evolve at great speed, so must pro wrestling meet and supersede such expectations to thrive.”
If nothing else, Corgan seems genuinely excited about the opportunity, as evidenced by his first official interview for the company, posted to TNA’s official YouTube page:
It’s been a bit of a struggle for TNA this year. The move to Destination America, after Spike TV decided not to move forward with another season of wrestling programming, hasn’t exactly been fruitful for the company, considering the network is in far less households than their previous cable home. In addition, there have been troubling rumors and reports from various sources that the company is behind two months on payroll, as attendance and ratings continue to plummet. It’s really a shame, since the product is arguably better now — with no one watching — than it ever was when they were actually pulling in over a million viewers every week. The talent is as strong as it’s ever been too. You could probably argue the wisdom of Kurt Angle continuing to compete, considering all the injuries he’s racked up over the years, but he still carries a certain mainstream credibility as an Olympic Gold Medalist. They also have some solid star power in the form of Jeff Hardy and Bobby Lashley, as well as world-class in-ring performers like Austin Aries, Bobby Roode, James Storm, Low Ki, and up-and-coming talent such as Ethan Carter III, Bram, and Rockstar Spud. So there are building blocks here for something good, at least. But just how much Corgan can contribute remains to be seen.