Smashing Pumpkins’ Billy Corgan Joins TNA Wrestling
But before you start imagining Billy as the Bobo Brazil or Andre the Giant for a new era, hold that thought. Billy "The Pumpkin" Corgan is not actually getting into the ring ... and he is most certainly no jobber or low carder!
Corgan, an avid fan of pro wrestling, has been hired by TNA as a senior producer and is in charge of creative and talent development for the organization. He will develop characters and create story lines for TNA's flagship program, Impact Wrestling, which airs Friday nights at 9PM ET on Destination America.
"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," Corgan says. "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."
TNA Executive Vice President of Television and Talent John Gaburick is thrilled to have Corgan on board. "As an iconic songwriter and performance artist, Billy stands as a true powerhouse," he says. "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."
The Grammy award-winning Corgan has already caused some confusion among press and fans about his position. He replied via Twitter that this new job with TNA, which is effective immediately, is indeed a "full time endeavor."
"To be invited into the major leagues is a dream come true," Corgan said in a brand-new interview with Impact. "I've been a fan since the beginning, as far as TNA goes. I'm very excited about the opportunity to help bring this company to it's highest heights. It's litterally a dream come true. I can't state that more!"