NWA owner Billy Corgan spoke with Dan Gelston of the Associated Press and spoke of who he feels the brand’s target audience is. “We are going to target the general fan,” Corgan said. “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.”
Corgan also said his TNA experience nearly caused him to get out of the pro wrestling business. “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,” he said. “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.” Read the full interview at APNews.com.
Powell’s POV: The story also includes a line about Dave Lagana hoping to sign roughly five wrestlers in early 2018. The company is wisely taking a slow and steady wins the race approach, though what it all leads to remains to be seen. The first NWA Championship match under Corgan ownership will take place on Sunday at the Championship Wrestling in Hollywood event with Tim Storm defending the title against Nick Magnus. Meanwhile, Corgan also spoke about pro wrestling becoming more “insular” and the negative affect it’s had, rebuilding the NWA brand, and the possibility of a Smashing Pumpkins reunion tour. In related news, the NWA release footage of Corgan’s appearance on Joe Rogan’s podcast, which you can check out below.
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