Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan is a longtime vocal pro wrestling fan, and he bankrolls and helps to run a local Chicago pro-wrestling company called Resistance Pro. But rumor has it that he might take a huge leap up into the role of wrestling power-player. Within pro wrestling circles, it’s heavily rumored that Corgan is in talks to buy TNA Wrestling, the second-biggest pro wrestling company in North America.
The decade-old TNA (which stands for Total Nonstop Action) has been struggling lately (and, honestly, forever), and it’s never been a serious competitor to the WWE giant, but it’s still the company that employs Sting and Kurt Angle and Jeff Hardy and AJ Styles and Bully Ray and Austin Airies. (Until very recently, it was also the company that employed Hulk Hogan.) And according to the many admittedly-unreliable wresting-rumor sites out there, Corgan is one of three serious possibilities to buy the company.
His competitors are Jeff Jarrett — the wrestler, TNA co-founder, and Spring Breakers actor — and former WCW headman Eric Bischoff. Despite his role with Resistance Pro, Corgan is a wrestling neophyte compared to these guys. And both of them have long histories with the company, while Corgan’s experience with them is limited to the time he flipped “Bullet With Butterfly Wings” to make it the intro music to the 2009 Lockdown pay-perview:
But this is still a fascinating possibility, even if it’s still very much in the rumor stages, and I sort of hope it happens.