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Billy Corgan Says He Nearly Got Out of Wrestling after his Impact Experience

Posted By James Walsh on 11/12/17


Billy Corgan discussed nearly leaving the wrestling industry after his legal battle with TNA, his NWA plans and more in a new interview with The Chicago Tribune. Highlights are below:

on NWA targeting younger fans: “We are going to target the general fan. Wrestling needs to get younger in terms of the audience it’s after. I think wrestling as a business a lot of times kind of shrugs its shoulders how they track the 15- to 25-year-olds. I would argue if you can’t do that, you’re not going to have much of a future anyway.”

On the industry not appealing to mainstream fans: “Wrestling has become kind of more insular and I think that’s hurt the business overall. Now to somebody who’s more of a hardcore fan, you could argue they’re getting more of what they want. But I would certainly argue that it’s hurt wrestling overall with the general mainstream fans.”

On nearly getting out of wrestling: “The way the whole TNA thing went down, I felt pretty strongly there for a while there that maybe I should just get out of the business. Like the music business, there’s a lot of people in the wrestling business that aren’t really interested in the business moving forward. Their interest is self-interest. Which is fine, that’s capitalism. When you try to be a figure in wrestling that’s actually moving the product forward out of love and good business acumen, you face a lot of strange political forces that are more about fiefdoms and the way things used to be and all kinds of weirdness that goes on.”