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23.06.2018 16:12
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Billy Corgan is a very busy man.The outspoken frontman of iconic alternative rock band Smashing Pumpkins remains a thriving musician, business owner and philanthropist. Lately, however, he estimates that 80 percent of his days are spent strategizing about an entirely different passion as the president and creative voice of TNA Impact Wrestling.Corgan, 49, a lifelong wrestling fan, is no stranger to sports entertainment.The Chicago native spent plenty of time around ECW in the 1990s?and founded his own independent promotion, Resistance Pro Wrestling, in 2011. He was announced as TNAs new senior producer of creative and talent development last summer, and one year later, hes exclusively calling the shots with plans in the works to potentially purchase majority ownership of the company.Corgan recently spoke with ESPN.com in the early morning hours from Los Angeles, where hes recording a solo album with legendary producer Rick Rubin. He was preparing for another long day of juggling his two favorite interests, with plenty of creative work still to be done ahead of TNAs Bound For Glory pay-per-view on Oct. 2.As Corgan sees it, he has been called to different passions for different reasons at different times and isnt concerned about public opinion when it comes to linking his brand with another as polarizing as pro wrestling.People have a very myopic view of what a rock star is, Corgan said. My version of rock star has always been Im going to do what I want to do however I want to do it. Whether its having my own tea house, the charitable work that Ive done, to pursuing a life or a career in professional wrestling -- I think this is the American dream.To me, I cant think of a better way to live anybodys life. You should do what you want to do. Life is such an incredible opportunity.Corgan has found common ground from a producing standpoint between music and wrestling, from similar dialogue to a focus on amplifying the performer to present them in their best light. But hes quick to dispel the reputation of being a dictator that he acquired in the music business.Ive always been a listener and a communicator, I think I just have a very strong opinion of how to make that thing best, he said. I think you need vision when you are dealing in the creative arts.As a wrestling promoter, Corgan is old school, preferring the booking style and storytelling that first hooked him as a fan during the territory days of the 1970s. He doesnt like to rush through angles or speed up the pace of a match. Theres a reason, he says, why you can watch a Humphrey Bogart movie today and the finish still works.I think people want to be engaged, and when they are engaged, they want something to never end, he said. When you think of the classic feuds, you really dont want them to end.Corgan believes you can grab peoples attention in wrestling just as easy as you can in music, but its keeping it that remains the ultimate challenge. Its something he believes wont happen with TNA unless it can continue to build its own young stars to package around its more recognized talent.TNA has experienced plenty of highs and lows since its 2002 debut. At its best, the company provided industry leader WWE with competition as a legitimate No. 2 promotion, often using former WWE stars to do so. Recent years havent been as profitable, with the company fighting to stay relevant.Many times in the past, TNA has made the mistake of bringing in WWE people to sort of create a buzz that didnt sustain, Corgan said. But success is building a culture that is distinctly your own, with your own identifiable signature. If everything you do doesnt feed into that, you are making a big mistake that history shows does not work.Corgan is proud of his rosters talent and depth, but he admits it needs to find stability, calling TNA very much a work in progress. Hes also invested in changing its culture from a company he believes has been too willing to live in the shadow of its competition. To move out that shadow, he will need to improve TNAs overall health, which means attracting sponsors, talent and restarting live events, along with weighing the promotions television future (TNA currently airs weekly on the cable channel Pop TV) against recent trends of fan consumption on the Internet.There are no quick fixes, Corgan admits. But helping TNA shape its long-term vision is a challenge he accepts with confidence, citing his history running a successful music business for nearly 30 years.Obviously, I was part of one of the biggest music revolutions in the history of contemporary music, Corgan said. We found pop success where people said you would never find pop success. How we crossed over that kind of music had everything to do with a combination of substance and style. So I believe that.Corgans pride and joy since joining TNA has been The Final Deletion, an innovative and absurd segment starring former WWE stars Matt and Jeff Hardy.?It was filmed guerrilla-style on location at Matt Hardys North Carolina home, with an incredibly unique avant-garde feel, blending pro wrestling with elements of horror and low-budget movie action.Not only was Corgan hands-on in the filming as a de facto producer, alongside Jeremy Borash and James Long, he worked with ownership behind the scenes to greenlight the idea.I have been pushing from the beginning that we needed to do what I call out-of-the-box and out-of-the-arena type segments, Corgan said. I really saw this as the future of wrestling on television.The response was overwhelming, with TNA becoming the talk of the wrestling world upon the July 5 airing, producing its highest rating to date since debuting on Pop TV last November.Corgan saw the reaction and instantly knew they were on to something. The next day, he fired off emails stating that TNA not only needed to make more, but it needed to go bigger.This is lightning in a bottle, Corgan said. Ive seen this before.Talk quickly turned to how this might change the dynamic of TNAs business strategy, and whether this was a concept that just worked for the Hardys because of their gift or whether it could be expanded. While TNAs September sequel, Delete Or Decay,?drew weaker ratings and less positive reviews than its predecessor, it became a setup for the Oct. 2 PPV match between the Hardys and Decay.So maybe like super hero movies, we get the Hardys as the center of the universe and start to use them to sort of branch off in other directions, Corgan said. We are making it up as we go along and that is sort of the fun part. Its really exciting because we are hopefully writing a sort of new golden dawn in terms of how wrestling can be presented on television, and I think thats fantastic.Corgan admitted the idea of turning the Hardys saga into a full-length movie is in the works, but said he was unable to share more. But its clear even WWE took notice, releasing a vignette of a backyard brawl on Raw between The Wyatt Family and The New Day just one week after The Final Deletion that looked alarmingly similar.You know, imitation is the greatest form of flattery, Corgan said. Look, everybody copies everybody, whether they want to admit it or not. I dont think thats a critical issue. I think innovation is the critical issue. The business in general is still living off the fumes of what was the creative revolution of The Attitude Era of WWE, and by some extension ECW. No one has innovated as much since.While Corgan has made a series of wh

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