Billy Corgan Joins TNA Wrestling As Senior Producer
April 27, 2015 at 12:06 PM (PT)
SMASHING PUMPKINS' BILLY CORGAN has always been a wrestling fan and investor, and now he's joining TNA WRESTLING as Sr. Producer/Creative and Talent Development.
CORGAN will develop characters and create story lines for TNA's flagship program Impact Wrestling, broadcast FRIDAY nights at 9p (ET)/8p (CT) 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 Pres. 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 group of creative writers led by TNA EVP/Television and Talent JOHN GABURICK. In addition, CORGAN will attend TNA television tapings where he will serve as a senior producer, working with TNA's roster, 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 newcomers led by ETHAN CARTER III, BRAM and ROCKSTAR SPUD.
"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, his pioneering perspectives and collaborative approach made it quickly evident we needed to bring him on as a permanent member of our team."