During the NWA’s Samhain PPV, a controversial backstage segment aired showing Father James Mitchell seen at a private seating area near the ring surrounded by scantily clad dressed women and some very energetic wrestlers drinking bottles of alcohol. Mitchell, however, was seen snorting cocaine and passing it around to those at the table.
You can watch the spot below:
Now according to Haus of Wrestling and Fightful, there is an active push by the higher-ups at The CW to have the NWA’s content air only on their The CW app instead and not on their actual television network. The reports also note that when NWA owner Billy Corgan and The CW were in negotiations to bring the NWA to The CW, Corgan claims he was told by The CW, they would only be concerned with what happens on the actual television show airing on their network and not what was taking place on pay-per-view events.
It is also being said that things have now changed following the cocaine spot, as The CW, which wrestling fans knew would be the new home for the NWA, became flooded with social media comments. Haus of Wrestling notes in their report, they were told by The CW there is now a 90 percent chance the NWA reality show and Powerrr will air on The CW app and not on broadcast TV.
Haus of Wrestling further stated that they have learned the reality show was fully paid for by Corgan, who is the executive producer of the series, and that he also has the final creative say on it. Haus of Wrestling added that they were told The CW did not pay for the reality series and would only profit from it by selling ads. Corgan is said to be optimistic that the exposure of the NWA being on The CW will lead to higher ticket sales for events, on top of improved merchandise sales. If the first season of the reality series is successful, there is a guaranteed for money coming in and a second season.
Haus of Wrestling concluded by noting that one of the big selling points for The CW to get behind the NWA’s reality series was that Corgan told the network his recent wedding would be a part of it, which is something they were excited to have air on their network. The other aspects of the series, with pro wrestling, along with Powerrr, all were reportedly agreed to with the understanding The CW would be able to air the Corgan wedding footage.
There have been reports that Billy Corgan signed a deal with The CW. However, neither Corgan nor The CW have made any official announcements.