Billy Corgan Acquires Mildred Burke's Championship

The NWA Women's Title is often referred to as "The Burke" and now Billy Corgan has acquired the original title.

Corgan plans to highlight and restore her legacy. The belt will be on display at NWA EmPowerrr when NWA Women's Champion Kamille defends the title against Leyla Hirsch.

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“As it pertains to female wrestling on the international stage, it begins with Mildred Burke,” Corgan told Justin Barrasso of Sports Illustrated. “She is the one who defined it, and we are still in her shadow. A title defines a wrestler’s journey. In many ways, it is the source of their power. In Burke’s case, it was proof that she accomplished a feat extremely rare. This secures that her legacy and story will be told going forward. “I want to share the belt with the public. So many of wrestling’s treasures aren’t on display. This was a rare opportunity to reclaim a very important piece of the NWA’s past. Burke’s legacy runs so deep, and we intend to embrace her journey overcoming endless obstacles to rise to absolute heights on the world stage.”

Corgan acquired the belt from Burke’s granddaughter, Wendy Koep. Koep said many people were interested in the title, but she felt Corgan was the right person to have it and carry on Burke's legacy.

The NWA governing body never recognized Burke's title despite her performing in an NWA ring.

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