Smashing Pumpkins Frontman To Develop “Talent” For Pro Wrestling
We're used to musicians with hyphenated resumes: hip hop – entrepreneur, singer – actor, rocker – filmmaker, pop star – fashion designer. But Smashing Pumpkins frontman – Pro Wrestling Senior Producer of Creative and Talent Development?
In his new role, Corgan will develop characters and create story lines for TNA’s flagship program Impact Wrestling, which is broadcast Friday nights at 9/8c on Destination America, as well as other TNA programming.
Corgan will also attend TNA television tapings where he will serve as a senior producer, working with TNA’s roster of wrestlers including veterans such as TNA World Champion and Olympic Gold Medalist Kurt Angle, Jeff Hardy and Gail Kim, as well as a new class of performers led by Ethan Carter III, Bram, Rockstar Spud and more.
“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.”
"As an iconic songwriter and performance artist, Billy stands as a true powerhouse,” said TNA Executive Vice President of Television and Talent John 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.” – via Celebrity Access