Billy Corgan, founder of the Smashing Pumpkins, is joining Nashville-based TNA Wrestling as Sr. Producer, Creative and Talent Development, effective immediately. Corgan will develop characters and create story lines for TNA’s flagship program Impact Wrestling. The program broadcasts Friday nights at 8 p.m. 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 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 group of creative writers led by TNA Executive Vice President of Television and Talent John Gaburick. Corgan will attend TNA television tapings where he will serve as a senior producer, working with TNA’s roster of athletes, including Kurt Angle, Jeff Hardy, Gail Kim, Ethan Carter III, Bram, Rockstar Spud and more.
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