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.”


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

  2. 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!

  3. 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!

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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!

  7. 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…

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

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

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