The Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan has been a wrestling fan for a long time. He’s recently been involved with the Chicago indie wrestling company Resistance Pro, but cut ties when the in-the-works AMC reality show fell apart. Now, though, he’s working with TNA Wrestling, the #2 wrestling company in the United States, signing on as Senior Producer, Creative and Talent Development. Read: writer.
Corgan issued this statement:
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.
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.
He’s following in the footsteps of punk legend Bob Mould, who worked for WCW during their declining years.
Best of luck to both Billy and TNA.