Earlier this week, Billy Corgan joined the Busted Open Sirius XM radio show to discuss the National Wrestling Alliance and his future plans for the brand. Here are the highlights:
– The NWA will start running shows in the Spring of 2018 and they will be streamed online for free. The plan is to be “totally independent” of other promotions. Corgan spoke with the existing NWA affiliate organizations and decided those agreements will not be renewed in an effort to move forward as standalone company.
– Corgan intends to sign talent to contracts and understands he’ll need to invest considerable money if he wants established stars, but he also sees talent development as a longterm initiative.
– Having learned from his time in TNA, he plans to execute his own vision for what pro wrestling should be in 2018 without ‘seven different layers of politics.’ Everybody on the roster needs direction or they will grow unhappy and go elsewhere.
– He recognizes the wrestling fanbase is aging (40’s and 50’s) and believes the key to longterm growth targeting a younger demographic.
– Corgan feels pro wrestling is not very respected in mainstream pop culture but his name recognition will help that effort.
– He describes himself as a “Paul Heyman Guy” and put over Heyman as one of the best talent scouts in pro wrestling history. He said Dave Lagana has a great eye for talent with his experience in Hollywood, WWE and TNA.
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