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Billy Corgan is having trouble with his pro wrestling league

Smashing Pumpkins fans know that Billy Corgan is a major, MAJOR fan of pro wrestling. He loves it so much that he’s head (the owner, in fact) of the National Wrestling Alliance, a notch or so down from the WWE. Maybe you’ve seen some NWA matches on The CW network.

However, Billy is running into headwinds as people associated with the league are questioning his leadership. The issue is that WWE NXT has also signed a deal with The CW, putting it in direct competition with the NWA. I quote from a site called Haus of Wrestling:

“Due to Corgan’s busy schedule touring with The Smashing Pumpkins, some feel he is unavailable to relay his creative ideas between shows. We heard from multiple people who said they do not know what will happen with their booking at NWA tapings until the day of the show, sometimes as close to an hour before filming. One source we spoke with was empathetic to Corgan’s struggle to balance his music and pro wrestling careers, but they are hopeful he puts a team of creative people around him to help filter his ideas.

“Haus of Wrestling was also told that several NWA contracts are set to come up in June and that Corgan intends to start conversations to re-sign many of them in February. Some of those talents are frustrated by Corgan’s leadership and are already looking into other places they can work when their deals are done in hopes of not having to re-sign. WWE announcing a deal to bring NXT to The CW next year has not helped with how talent feels about re-signing.

“Haus of Wrestling has also heard of Corgan giving various talents “tests” to see how they react and to prove their loyalty, which has not been well-received. Examples of “tests” were things like making “over” talents who come in to work lose right away, just to see how they react. Or, for Corgan to be overly critical of a talent who has done nothing wrong to see how they take it.”

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Alan Cross

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