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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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WWE TLC Free Live Stream (Video)

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WWE TLC 2017 Free Live Stream




Below are the latest odds for tonight’s show:

3 on 5 TLC Match

Kurt Angle, Seth Rollins & Dean Ambrose -380 vs The Miz, Cesaro, Sheamus, Braun Strowman, Kane +260

“The Demon” (Finn Balor) -210 vs AJ Styles +210

WWE Raw Women’s Championship

Alexa Bliss (c) -270 vs Mickie James +190

WWE Cruiserweight Championship

Kalisto (c) +260 vs Enzo Amore -380

Asuka -2750 vs Emma +1250

Cedric Alexander & Rich Swann -130 vs The Brian Kendrick & Jack Gallagher -110

Sasha Banks -350 vs Alicia Fox +250

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Major Heat on Bray Wyatt

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Major Heat on Bray Wyatt

 

 

Our sources have revealed that Bray Wyatt is currently in the WWE doghouse, as the company have now been dragged into his messy and bitter divorce.

Wyatt hasn’t been present at WWE TV tapings, as he been dealing with his divorce proceedings.

This is why the company has concocted the bizarre Sister Abigail segments. It’s purely a way to keep him on television, rather than handing him a rejuvenated push, as many people are mistakenly viewing it as.

The latest development in the divorce has seen  Samantha Rotunda’s representatives take legal action against the WWE, after the company failed comply with their request to release figures relating to Wyatt’s income. This has further intensified the heat on Wyatt, who was already in the company’s bad books after cheating on his wife with JoJo, a fellow a WWE employee. This was the main catalyst for Wyatt’s divorce.

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More Bad News for TLC

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We previously addressed how Raw was putting on the Main Event at the end of the second hour to coincide with half-time in the NFL Monday Night Football game.

The WWE will adopt the same strategy this Sunday for their TLC PPV, with the WWE likely to use the intrigue of Sister Abigail to entice the audience to check in on the TLC PPV during half-time of the Sunday Night Football game between the New England Patriots and the Atlanta Falcons. Conversely, they may opt to go with Asuka’s debut.

Unfortunately for the company, Patriots vs Falcons is a rematch of last year’s SuperBowl. Ratings are already hugely effected when up against the New England Patriots in general, however, the company are likely to suffer significantly more with the Atlanta Falcons being the opposition.

This is probably why the WWE did not pull the trigger with Sasha Banks vs Asuka and stayed the path with Asuka vs Emma, making this card pretty much a one match show, as the company knew that it would be trounced by the Patriots and Falcons match-up.

In addition to that, we can report that the event is far from sold out, with over 3,000 tickets still available.

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