Billy Corgan

Sports Illustrated is featuring an interview with Billy Corgan discussing his purchase of the NWA (National Wrestling Alliance) now being official as October 1, 2017.

Corgan put an emphasis on nostalgia and wanted to change the way pro wrestling is being viewed going forward with the re-branding of the promotion.

“People asked, ‘What are you buying?’ We’ve looked at how the WWE has positioned itself and how Anthem has positioned Impact Wrestling, and now a brand like the NWA, which has built-in recognition value and a history that is unmatched, suddenly starts to become more valuable in this shifting landscape. Maybe we’re not so crazy for buying these three letters after all.”

Corgan sites an estimated departure of millions of wrestling fans previously watching during its peak and thinks they can take advantage of that.

“Our focus is on the NWA plan, and we have a 20-year plan. We’re not going to just come in and throw money around for two years. We’ve learned from the past mistakes of TNA, which we have intimate knowledge of.”

Corgan also further discussed his issues working with TNA in recent years and why he feels his current situation with NWA going forward will be much different.

“I was very, very frustrated by the obstacles I faced internally, both culturally and fiscally, at TNA. I dealt with a lot of backstabbing and lies. I was able to push through some things that ended up being successful at TNA, and I was very frustrated because you would think the success would have led to more leverage and further opportunities. But it was exactly the opposite. People were out to get me because I had power. At least now, in this situation, I am my own boss.”

  • delos56

    Go Billy…can only hope for the best. Look forward to it…

  • Jim Bilbee

    Good luck!

  • The Northwesterner

    Works for me. I’m getting behind Billy on his NWA plans now that he owns it free and clear.

  • Colby

    It’ll get to the point where it’s not the case but for the time being he will really need to get a TV deal if he wants to put a solid dent in the wrestling universe. Hope he does!

  • Hotrod

    NWA hasn’t been relevant for about 30 years, it’s history has already been swallowed up by the current feds, what exactly did he buy? He would have better luck buying the Brooklyn Bridge!

  • SteelCity1981

    billy welcome to the world of business, where youre promised things that never happen, and all you get for good ideas is a pat on the back.

  • Kevin Murphy

    Well he owns the NWA World Heavyweight title which has been held by everyone from Harley Race, Dusty Rhodes and Ric Flair to AJ Styles, Sting and Christian Cage.

  • Hotrod

    The title means nothing anymore… the NWA title turned into the WCW title which then became the World Title in WWE, sorry but the current incarnation has no lineage to the past!

  • Hotrod

    Also can anyone name 1 NWA title holder without looking it up. How many people out of a million could name even 1 NWA title holder, I’m betting about zero…

  • delos56

    Lou Thez, Dory funk Jr, Terry Funk, Jack Briscoe, Ronnie Garvin, Buddy Rodgers, Gene Kiniski, bout all I can rember…Thez was the god

  • Al79

    I remember when David Marquez had that special report with Robert Trowbridge from San Bernardino, CA and “stripped” the title from Christian Cage and Team 3-D. didn’t hurt TNA very much, actually it helped them when they disassociated with the NWA. So, I can’t see any positives with buying an Indy promotion without a tv deal as you said.

  • NJ Louch

    Sink or swim, he seem so to be going into it with good intentions

  • Colby

    I’m thinking you mean 1 NWA title holder in recent years (outside of WCW, TNA, ROH, etc. affiliations) as Kevin and Del just named a bunch? The only one I can name since probably Cage is Colt Cobana. BUT, we’re talking about the NWA now, so perhaps that on its own is a start 🙂 If Billy was to get a solid TV deal based on his ability to open doors other promoters can’t in the entertainment industry, that could change things dramatically. Still, I get your point completely, and I do question his ability to make something big happen. Fingers crossed for him.

  • TheCyberZon

    Kerry Von Erich. Can’t forget the Von Erichs. And yes, Lou Thesz was a god!

  • TheCyberZon

    I have my serious doubts but wish him the best of luck.

  • Kevin Murphy

    Without looking it up: Rob Conway, Adam Pearce and Blue Demon, Jr.

  • Hotrod

    None of those names are current title holders and I had to look it up.

  • Kevin Murphy

    They’re all recent NWA champions