Smashing Pumpkins’ Billy Corgan speaks out about his pro-wrestling company

The first Resistance Pro bout is being held on 'Black Friday' (November 25)

Billy Corgan of Smashing Pumpkins has spoken out about his new ‘indie’ pro-wrestling company, Resistance Pro, which kicks off with its first show, tomorrow (November 25) at the Chicago Excalibur Club.

Corgan is currently on tour in Europe and will miss the opening event, but has said that he hopes the franchise will spread itself across the world. Corgan said:

We have to start in Chicago and build a name for ourselves and build enough of a reputation to take it other places. It’s a serious endeavour. I want this to succeed strictly on its ideas. If I had to artificially prime the audience because of my musical life that’s sad. This is going to succeed on its own ideas, not because I jumped the shark.

The frontman explained to Billboard that he was a fan of wrestling as a child and later rediscovered the sport as an adult. “Our vision is to try to grow talent,” he added of Resistance Pro, which he co-owns with promoter Gabe Baron.

This Friday’s event, entitled Black Friday, will also see the announcement of a second show.