The Smashing Pumpkins’ Billy Corgan Considers Himself A Trailblazer

Billy Corgan of The Smashing Pumpkins recently talked about his passion for wrestling and how he brought it back from the dead, as he considered himself a ‘trailblazer’ for the sector.

In an interview with iHeartRadio, it was mentioned that Corgan is bringing National Wrestling Alliance on their tour. When asked about its significance for him and why they will be a part of the tour, Corgan explained:

“So I own the oldest wrestling league in the world. 75 years and counting this year, which is pretty crazy. 75 years of continuous operation. So it’s kind of the granddaddy of all wrestling organizations.”

Corgan recalled the first days he bought the organization as an ‘innovator’ despite people’s initial reactions. He continued:

“I bought it; it was basically dead. People wrote articles [saying] ‘What are you doing? It’s this dead thing, no one cares anymore,’ and five to six years later, we brought it back to international prominence. We brought it also to Mexico and Australia with the tour.”

Then he explained how fans can enjoy the concert and watch the wrestling.

“So what we do is the band will play, and then, in that interim, there would just be just no house music. Then we just have wrestling in those spaces, so the show keeps going. If you want to watch, you can watch. If you want to go get a popcorn, you can. And what’s amazing to us is that most of the people come and surround the ring and enjoy the show and then go back to watch the bands. Somehow it’s balancing itself out in a really beautiful way. “

In 2017, Corgan bought and revived the National Wrestling Alliance, the premier professional wrestling brand, before the rise of the WWE.

Corgan shared that he became ‘intrigued‘ by wrestling as a fan and eventually realized he had a ‘particular talent’ for it while creating his independent wrestling organization called Resistance Pro-Wrestling in 2011.

See the interview below.