Billy Corgan on starting up Resistance Pro wrestling: ‘I had been wanting to do this for a while’
Smashing Pumpkins throat Billy Corgan focused his talents on professional wrestling last year by starting up Resistance Pro — a joint collaboration between Corgan and his two brothers, Jacques and Gabriel Baron — in his hometown of Chicago.
Wrestling? Really? As it turns out, Corgan is a longtime WWE wrestling fan, and for years, he’s been sitting back, watching it on TV and saying, “I can do that better!”
“I had been wanting to do this for a while,” Corgan told the Republic. “It’s like anything in life. You sit on the sideline and think, ‘I can do this better.’ I would watch ['Monday Night] Raw’ and say, ‘I would have done that.’ It got to the point where I thought, ‘Let me put my money where my mouth is.’”
Corgan is starting out conservatively with Resistance Pro cards in Chicago, offering both new and tried-and-true talent such as Rhino, Harry Smith and the Rock and Roll Express. He’s hoping to expand that into a TV reality show that would follow Resistance Pro talent in the ring and beyond.
“You don’t want to let people know too much of what’s going on behind the scenes, but I don’t see where similar shows have hurt the movie business, the NFL or NASCAR,” Corgan explained. “What goes on there sometimes becomes part of the business. When people are really good at what they do, you buy into what’s happening.”
Corgan, in the end, wants to positively impact the wrestling world: “I’ve learned through the years with the Pumpkins that there is no shame in combining social concerns with artistic endeavors. Often times, the two go hand in hand. One of the things we want is to be part of positive change in the wrestling industry.”
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