Billy Corgan gives his take the current professional wrestling scene.
Owner of the National Wrestling Alliance Billy Corgan is one of many pieces involved in the organization presenting the Crockett Cup show today in Concord, North Carolina. The event will be streamed live on FITE TV and HonorClub and kicks off at 7 PM EST with the headlining bout being Nick Aldis versus Marty Scurll for the NWA Worlds Heavyweight Championship.
The likes of Magnum T.A., Nick Aldis himself and those who are in the mix of the reboot of the NWA have stated that the organization is crafting a new path and is not trying to recreate what the NWA once was. Billy Corgan recently gave his take on the landscape of professional wrestling during an interview with The Charlotte Observer and spoke about the direction he sees the business going and the product being updated for the 21st-century consumer.
"My argument there is that wrestling needs to be updated to more of a 21st-century consumer, as far as they connect to storyline. The most successful TV now is episodic, running six or eight episodes. I think there’s interest in growing a wider swath as to how you promote the matches and do off-grid promotional build-up. The way UFC had build-up. We’re also in the age of spoilers. At live events, there’s always someone tweeting. There goes the element of surprise. Every day it’s a moving landscape as to who is setting the agenda." Billy continued, "You have money being thrown around and opinions as to what’s going to be the future and what fans want to see. Wrestling was like the circus 40 years ago. The big attractions were the Andre the Giants. I was just at WrestleMania, and the biggest match of the night was Kofi Kingston and Daniel Bryan, two six-foot guys. It’s more about the ability to tell a story in the ring as opposed to the giants of the earth."
Fightful's Jeremy Lambert will be present at today's Crockett Cup event and exclusive interviews and notes from the show will be published here on Fightful as they become available.