The Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan is a longtime pro wrestling fan who, in recent years, has been involved with the small Chicago indie wrestling company Resistance Pro. He parted ways with the company when an in-the-works AMC reality show fell apart. But now he’s moving on to a much bigger company. TNA Wrestling has nowhere near the cultural prominence of WWE, but it’s still the #2 wrestling company in the U.S., and it has been for more than a decade. The company has hit some problems lately, moving from Spike TV to the much smaller cable network Destination America and losing big-name wrestlers like AJ Styles and Samoa Joe. But TNA now has Billy Corgan. The company announces that Corgan has signed on as Senior Producer, Creative and Talent Development. Essentially, he’ll be a writer.
In a statement, Corgan says:
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. 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.
Meanwhile, TNA President Dixie Carter says:
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. 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.
And TNA head writer John Gaburick says:
As an iconic songwriter and performance artist, Billy stands as a true powerhouse. I also find him to be an ardent historian of professional wrestling and a true visionary. We knew Billy would bring a great viewpoint when we offered, and he graciously accepted, to attend a recent creative summit. During those meetings, Billy’s pioneering perspectives and collaborative approach made it quickly evident we needed to bring him on as a permanent member of our team.
There is precedent for a big-name musician becoming a wrestling writer; punk legend Bob Mould worked for WCW during that company’s declining years. Hopefully, Corgan has more luck; TNA can be pretty great when its writing is firing on the right cylinders. Meanwhile, here’s Corgan adapting the Smashing Pumpkins’ “Bullet With Butterfly Wings” into a spot for TNA’s 2009 Lockdown pay-per-view.
Because there were cage matches, get it?