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Billy Corgan On Reason For Low Key NWA Revival And When They Plan To Start Running Shows

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Billy Corgan On Reason For Low Key NWA Revival And When They Plan To Start Running Shows

Billy Corgan purchased the National Wrestling Alliance over the summer, but instead of over-hyping the return of the legendary promotion, the former TNA president and Smashing Pumpkins frontman is taking a more calculated approach.

Corgan has been involved in the wrestling business since 2011, so he knows the best way to build excitement is the present a product worth being excited about. Beyond the fact that Corgan now owns NWA’s name, rights, trademarks and championship belts, not much is known about Corgan’s plans for the company. When he spoke to Busted Open Radio on Monday, Corgan explained why he’e keeping information close to the chest.

“We don’t want to do what a lot of people do in wrestling, which is make a bunch of promises that never come true,” Corgan said. “We really see the NWA as a long-term thing, so we want to build it the right way. So we’ve been very cautious about the information we let out, not because there aren’t things to hype, there’s plenty of things to hype, but if they don’t come true we don’t want that coming back conversely on the NWA.”

Corgan did reveal that the company plans on releasing shows online for free starting in the spring. He’s hoping to create a promotion built on the strength of great wrestling that would attract fans. Once the fan base is established, Corgan is hoping future investors will take notice as well.

“Unless something changes in the near future, we’re on a path to start running shows probably in the spring. We’re gonna originally start with just being a television product, and what I mean by that is we’re gonna probably do shows for free on the internet,” he said. “We haven’t worked out the specifics yet, but we will be hopefully a weekly show that anybody can watch anywhere in the world for free behind no paywall, and we’ll start signing talent and we’ll start running our own shows. So we want to build up the brand by putting the wrestling first and the product first, and hopefully we;ll create a fan base and some momentum, and then if we make deals it’ll be based off what we’re doing, not what we hope to do.”

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Corgan also revealed that the NWA affiliate programs will be discontinued under the new ownership. He said the people running the affiliates weren’t receptive to the new direction of the company.

“When we took over officially in June or July, we reached out to every affiliate that was involved and said, ‘Look, we have a really open mind.’ And unfortunately most of our experiences weren’t positive,” he said. “People get used to running their little kingdoms, they couldn’t get behind the bigger vision. So we’ve let all the affiliate programs lapse, there’s no more NWA affiliates. So when you hear the NWA, it’s basically whatever we’re gonna do from center out.”

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Rich Swann Arrested For Battery and False Imprisonment

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Rich Swann Arrested For Battery and False Imprisonment

 

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Riot Wrestling has learned WWE Superstar Rich Swann is currently behind bars.

According to the Alachua County Sheriff in Florida, Swann was taken into custody around 12 am on Sunday and no bond amount has been listed.

The charges listed are battery and kidnap/false imprisonment of an adult.

No further details are available at this time.

 

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Rich Swann Suspended Indefinitely by WWE Following Arrest

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Rich Swann Suspended Indefinitely by WWE Following Arrest

 

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A rep for WWE says, “WWE has zero tolerance for matters involving domestic violence, and per our policy, Rich Swann has been suspended indefinitely following his arrest.”

As we previously reported, Swann was arrested on Sunday in Florida around midnight. He’s suspected of getting physical with his wife, wrestler Su Yung, and holding her in a car against her will.

The ex-Cruiserweight Champion allegedly told police that he never touched her or forced her into the car after the incident. He has since been released from custody.

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WWE’s First-Ever Women’s Match in United Arab Emirates Takes Place

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WWE’s First-Ever Women’s Match in United Arab Emirates Takes Place

 

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Sasha Banks and Alexa Bliss wrestled WWE’s first ever women’s match in the United Arab Emirates on Thursday and “The Boss” got incredibly emotional talking about it afterward.

Banks and Bliss both wrestled in full body suits and according to WWE there were chants of “this is hope” from both sexes in the crowd during the match.

An emotional Sasha Banks spoke to WWE.com when it was all over and while fighting back tears said, “The moment the announcer announced that this is gonna be a women’s match you could hear the crowd care. The moment I stood out there and I saw little girls, it just … it made everything worth it.”

Sasha continued, “Because this is what I feel like I was put on this earth to do. I wanna make a change in the world. I wanna empower women and I want to let them know that their dreams are endless and they can achieve anything.”

Watch the clips from their historic contest below, as well as SB’s post-match interview.

 

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