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Billy Corgan Heads TNA Creative, King of The Ring Bracket Revealed, Sara Del Rey Talks Training

Smashing Pumpkins Frontman Joins TNA

Billy Corgan TNA

Wrestling fans are hoping that TNA is about to get a new creative vision, as Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan has been named the company’s “Senior Producer, Creative and Talent Development.”

Corgan – a proverbial Paul Heyman Guy – has long dabbled in pro wrestling, appearing for the original ECW and TNA in the past. He most recently ran his own independent promotion Resistance Pro in Chicago.

Of course fans can count on their fingers and toes that amount of times TNA have promised a reboot or new creative direction, so many will only believe it when they see it. One issue apparent from the video above is that this seems to have been a spur of the moment decision, Dixie Carter seemingly hiring her friend after a chat. Let’s just hope Corgan puts in 100 percent!

SMASHING PUMPKINS MASTERMIND AND ROCK INNOVATOR BILLY CORGAN JOINS TNA WRESTLING

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (April 27, 2015) — TNA Entertainment today announced Billy Corgan, founder of the Smashing Pumpkins and creative icon, is joining TNA Wrestling as Senior Producer, Creative and Talent Development, effective immediately. In this position, Corgan will develop characters and create story lines for TNA’s flagship program IMPACT WRESTLING, broadcast Friday nights at 9/8c on Destination America, as well as other TNA programming.

“I’ve known Billy for years and have always been blown away by his musical artistry, as well as his knowledge and understanding of professional wrestling,” said TNA President Dixie Carter. “He has always impressed me with his creativity and passion for our business. Billy is truly gifted and understands the emotion tied to the psychology of connecting with an audience. The more we talked, the more I realized his perspective has the potential to make a huge impact on our brand.”

“Saying I’m humbled and honored by this opportunity to be part of TNA, a world-class wrestling organization, is an understatement and a dream come true,” said Corgan. “What’s great is the entire TNA organization stands in full support of my music life with the Smashing Pumpkins. In return, I’m fully committed to using my 30 years of entertainment experience, along with my deep-rooted passion for pro wrestling, to take on the thrilling challenge of creatively contributing to IMPACT WRESTLING, finding and developing new talent, and working eye-to-eye with the best-of-the-best. For as cultures currently evolve at great speed, so must pro wrestling meet and supersede such expectations to thrive.”

Corgan joins a gifted group of creative writers led by TNA Executive Vice President of Television and Talent John Gaburick. In addition to partnering with his creative colleagues in writing compelling and emotionally engaging story lines for TNA programming, Corgan will attend TNA television tapings where he will serve as a senior producer, working with TNA’s roster of world-class athletes including veterans such as TNA World Champion and Olympic Gold Medalist Kurt Angle, Jeff Hardy and Gail Kim, as well as a fresh crop of Superstars led by Ethan Carter III, Bram, Rockstar Spud and more.

“As an iconic songwriter and performance artist, Billy stands as a true powerhouse,” said Gaburick. “I also find him to be an ardent historian of professional wrestling and a true visionary. We knew Billy would bring a great viewpoint when we offered, and he graciously accepted, to attend a recent creative summit. During those meetings, Billy’s pioneering perspectives and collaborative approach made it quickly evident we needed to bring him on as a permanent member of our team.”

King of The Ring Update

Tonight’s RAW will feature the first round matches for the return of King of The Ring, which will conclude Tuesday on the Network.

[While I’m excited, it’s a bit out of the blue isn’t it? They could have given it a few weeks to build].

First round matches are:

Dean Ambrose vs. Sheamus
Neville vs. Luke Harper
R-Truth vs. Stardust
Dolph Ziggler vs. Bad News Barrett

NXT Women’s Trainer Speaks

Sara Amato, formerly known as Sara Del Rey, discussed her NXT trainer role with Vice.com:

Daniel Bryan trained me a long time ago. That’s how I got my foot in the door. Training has always been my one true passion; it’s what I really love about pro wrestling. I thought I had unique experiences and perspectives to share with the women in NXT. WWE agreed, and here I am.

Triple H also put her over in the article:

You can have all the knowledge in the world, but it’s useless if you can’t explain it. That’s what makes Sara special: She can feel it, but she’s also able to articulate that feeling.


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