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#1 Posted on 27.4.15 1139.38
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    Originally posted on their website (impactwrestling.com)
    SMASHING PUMPKINS MASTERMIND AND ROCK INNOVATOR BILLY CORGAN JOINS TNA WRESTLING

    As reported by Variety

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (April 27, 2015) --- TNA Entertainment today announced Billy Corgan, founder of the Smashing Pumpkins and creative icon, is joining TNA Wrestling as Senior Producer, Creative and Talent Development, effective immediately. In this position, Corgan will develop characters and create story lines for TNA’s flagship program IMPACT WRESTLING, broadcast Friday nights at 9/8c on Destination America, as well as other TNA programming.

    “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,” said TNA President Dixie Carter. “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.”

    “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,” said Corgan. “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.”

    Corgan joins a gifted group of creative writers led by TNA Executive Vice President of Television and Talent John Gaburick. In addition to partnering with his creative colleagues in writing compelling and emotionally engaging story lines for TNA programming, Corgan will attend TNA television tapings where he will serve as a senior producer, working with TNA’s roster of world-class athletes including veterans such as TNA World Champion and Olympic Gold Medalist Kurt Angle, Jeff Hardy and Gail Kim, as well as a fresh crop of Superstars led by Ethan Carter III, Bram, Rockstar Spud and more.

    “As an iconic songwriter and performance artist, Billy stands as a true powerhouse,” said Gaburick. “I also find him to be an ardent historian of professional wrestling and a true visionary. We knew Billy would bring a great viewpoint when we offered, and he graciously accepted, to attend a recent creative summit. During those meetings, Billy’s pioneering perspectives and collaborative approach made it quickly evident we needed to bring him on as a permanent member of our team.”

    TNA programming, which features unparalleled professional wrestling entertainment through its innovative high-flying X-Division, the best women’s division on the planet in the TNA Knockouts, and incomparable Tag Team action, is seen by millions of viewers each week in more than 120 countries around the world.
Wait..."as reported by Variety?!" Let's investigate further.
    Originally posted on Variety.com (variety.com)


    Billy Corgan Wants To Flip Professional Wrestling On Its Ear

    APRIL 27, 2015 | 07:18AM PT
    Brian Steinberg
    Senior TV Editor
    @bristei


    Here’s the latest arm-twist to the field of professional wrestling: Billy Corgan – yes, that Billy Corgan – wants to use a medium that is decidedly heavy on piledrivers and figure-four leglocks to explore issues of race, ethnicity and gender.

    Corgan, leader of the innovative rock group Smashing Pumpkins, has joined TNA Impact Wrestling as senior producer of creative and talent development and, as such, will have a strong hand guiding such luminaries as Kurt Angle, Bobby Roode and Jeff Hardy and their exploits on TNA’s flagship “Impact Wrestling” program that has airs on Discovery Communications’ Destination America cable network. Rather than trotting out the same old “heels” and “babyfaces” – pro-wrestling argot for “bad guys” and good guys” – Corgan thinks fans are ready for new stories.

    “There is a tremendous opportunity to go into really fresh, new directions,” Corgan explained in an interview. Having characters who explore race or transgender issues is certainly a possibility, he suggested. “There are ways to explore those themes in ways that are productive, create new stars and show that value-based ‘babyfaces’, no matter what their background, no matter where they come from, can draw new audiences and inspire people in new ways.”

    Corgan’s thinking is necessary to stand out in a crowded field that is largely dominated by World Wrestling Entertainment and is also filled with overseas competitors like Japan’s New Japan Pro Wrestling and Mexico’s AAA Mega Championship, explained Dixie Carter, TNA’s president, in an interview. “We need to make our existing characters have a greater depth to them,” she said. “We want the stories to have a depth and a meaning to someone that is relevant today. Billy can really help that.”

    In decades past, wrestling’s portrayal of different cultures has not always been kind, whether it be the headdress-wearing Native Americans known as Jay and Jules Strongbow, the mute behemoths called The Wild Samoans, or the effeminate character “Adorable” Adrian Adonis. TNA is betting that it can bring new fans to the arena by giving a stronger nod to cultures with growing influence in American society. It’s a tactic that big advertisers ranging from Coca-Cola to General Mills have adopted in the last few years, running commercials featuring families from a wider range of backgrounds and using multiple languages. TV networks have also begun to cast more broadly for programs like “Black-ish” and “Fresh Off The Boat” that try to offer viewpoints from African-American or Asian-American characters.

    TNA’s maneuver comes as WWE has also begun efforts to bring a wider crowd to its antics. The Stamford, Conn.-based company recently launched a new campaign with NBCUniversal – which shows WWE programs on its USA cable outlet – that plays up the heroic and charitable works by such wrestlers as John Cena.

    For Corgan, the match-up with professional wresting is not as unlikely as it might first seem. The writer of such tunes as “Bullet with Butterfly Wings” and “Tonight, Tonight” says he has been a wrestling fan for much of his life, originally getting into the sport by following competitors such as Verne Gagne and Dick The Bruiser. “It was about tough guys in tights, before the really colorful stuff came in more fully into the 1980’s,” he said. In recent years, Corgan even ran a small wrestling promotion around Chicago.

    TNA’s Carter said she met Corgan several years ago and was familiar with his deep interest in the sport, and convinced him to join her executives for a plotting session. Some of his creative work will begin to show up in TNA programming slated to hit the air in early May, she said.

    Corgan believes his ideas will “ break new ground.” In 2015, he said, adding “those social and cultural issues that are sort of a ‘don’t’ go there’ subject” will result in themes that will feel more meaningful to current audiences. “I think there’s an endless supply of things in our culture where people are dealing with race or with gender, et cetera, and you can get into these things in a way that is both revelatory and enlightening. Treated the right way, ultimately, the good guy wins. The right ideas win.”

    TNA bouts have run on Destination America since January. Discovery and TNA struck a multi-year deal in late 2014 that also includes the U.S. premiere of various series and specials from the company and gives Discovery international broadcasting rights for the programs in certain regions.

    Correction: A previous version of this post referred to John Cena as Tony Cena.

    FILED UNDER: Billy CorganDestination AmericaDiscovery CommunicationsTNA Impact
Hmm, NOW I'm wondering what Tony Cena thinks of all this.
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#2 Posted on 27.4.15 1315.43
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#3 Posted on 27.4.15 1323.12
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I went to the debut show of Corgan's Chicago based Resistance Pro. It was horrible, more for the ideas than matches, with over booked and just plain dumb storylines all over the place. It was a pretty good lineup with a lot of people wasted. I spend most of the night standing from an overlook and mocking the show on Twitter. It's not the only reason, but I haven't gone to as many indy shows in recent years because of the dread of being at shows like that one.

Maybe he's gotten better. He hasn't been part of that group in a long time. But it's doesn't take much cynicism to see TNA as a company struggling to pay people on time and Corgan as a guy who can help with that money. Whatever happens in the ring might be secondary to just having a ring.
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#4 Posted on 27.4.15 2038.59
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    Originally posted by thecubsfan
    I went to the debut show of Corgan's Chicago based Resistance Pro. It was horrible, more for the ideas than matches, with over booked and just plain dumb storylines all over the place. It was a pretty good lineup with a lot of people wasted. I spend most of the night standing from an overlook and mocking the show on Twitter. It's not the only reason, but I haven't gone to as many indy shows in recent years because of the dread of being at shows like that one.

    Maybe he's gotten better. He hasn't been part of that group in a long time. But it's doesn't take much cynicism to see TNA as a company struggling to pay people on time and Corgan as a guy who can help with that money. Whatever happens in the ring might be secondary to just having a ring.


This is pretty much my worst fear. Maybe there are enough Corgan followers and disenfranchised wrestling fans out there and this will be a huge success. Most likely it will be another odd chapter in a never ending book of them.

It's worth mentioning the product TNA has been putting out since switching networks is really pretty solid, so totally changing course now is so TNA. Gotta pay those bills though.

I would absolutely do the same thing if I was an aging rockstar with a lot of extra cash on hand. I don't know what it costs to go to fantasy wrestling camp like this, but I have to applaud Corgan for living my dream.



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#5 Posted on 28.4.15 0744.44
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Weird. I mean, on the one hand I kinda like Smashing Pumpkins, but most of their songs that I like I couldn't see as really good wrestling entrance themes, you know? Maybe that one song from Batman and Robin that got remixed for Watchmen, but that'd be dated.

TNA is already a different enough product compared to Raw; 20 guys and 5 women all crammed into 2 hours as opposed to 20 guys and 2 women drawn out over 3 hours. Whatever Corgan brings to the table has to be more than just 'different', it should be captivating.

Bringing in creative that doesn't have a pro-wrestling background generally has a poor track record. Weird, weird move since TNA has been consistently getting better each week (missing Jessica Havok, though).
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#6 Posted on 29.4.15 0655.21
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    Originally posted by Lexus
    Weird. I mean, on the one hand I kinda like Smashing Pumpkins, but most of their songs that I like I couldn't see as really good wrestling entrance themes, you know? Maybe that one song from Batman and Robin that got remixed for Watchmen, but that'd be dated.



"Bullet With Butterfly Wings" immediately springs to mind, with "The world is a vampire" opening, provided you got the right gimmick with it.

I have literally no idea what to think of this, so I'm very much in the wait and see. I agree that TNA's been mostly pretty solid since they came to Destination America. The biggest part of that has been getting rid of an on-screen authority figure and not making "control of the company" something that gets fought over every other week.

Still too many factions though. Drew Galloway would be so much better as a lone wolf than dragging around "The Rising" behind him...
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#7 Posted on 29.4.15 1054.01
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Just did a short phone interview with Al Snow. He mentioned that he will be doing some commentary for TNA.
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#8 Posted on 29.4.15 1426.28
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Count me in among those who are hoping that Corgan doesn't change too much of what's working. The TNA product has been really quite solid since coming to Destination America, with frequent title matches, lots of Knockouts action and strong divisions in both the X-Division and the Tag Teams. I'm hoping that he takes a pretty light hand in doing the booking, but time will tell. Also not sure that pro wrestling is the right place to address race or transgender issues, which I noticed he mentioned in the second thing CRZ posted.
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