The Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan is a longtime pro wrestling fan, and last year, he became a writer — excuse me, Senior Producer Of Creative And Talent Development — for TNA Wrestling, America’s second largest wrestling company after WWE. He gave TNA’s Impact Wrestling show a new theme song and even quit Twitter to focus on his new role, and apparently, all that hard work has paid off. Because as of yesterday, Corgan is the new president of IMPACT Ventures, the company that owns TNA and Impact Wrestling.
That puts Corgan in charge of “leading day-to-day operations for IMPACT and its affiliated brands,” while the company’s previous president Dixie Carter is graduating into a new role as Chairman And Chief Strategy Officer, focusing on “long-term planning, strategic partnerships, and global growth.” “I believe in this company, its passionate fans, the talented roster and the dedicated staff and crew,” Corgan said in a press release that accompanied the announcement. “I am committed to this great opportunity and will use all of my resources and connections to drive the success of this company. This year we have made significant strides in establishing a strong foundation for our future and will be aggressive in continuing to evolve and grow the IMPACT brands.”
“Billy is a visionary, an iconic artist and savvy businessman with an incredibly gifted creative mind,” Carted added. “He has built a decades-long successful global brand, and also has a deep passion and understanding for professional wrestling. In working with Billy over the last 16 months, he has impressed me to the point that I’ve been in discussions with him to take an elevated strategic leadership role within the company. The more we discussed our vision for the organization, the clearer it became that position needed to match his commitment.”
As of a couple of days ago, Corgan is also back on Twitter:
With every ending…
Comes a new beginning…
— WPC (@Billy) August 11, 2016