Billy Corgan vows to change public perception of wrestling with TNA role

The Smashing Pumpkins man recently joined TNA Wrestling as a senior producer

Billy Corgan has pledged to change pro wrestling culture in his new role as senior producer and scriptwriter at TNA Wrestling.

The Smashing Pumpkins frontperson, who recently dedicated their upcoming tour to US military veterans, told Rolling Stone that he is “fully committed” to the wrestling promotion company, which is a chief competitor of WWE.

“I think you’ll start to see my impact on the television product probably in the next 8-12 weeks,” Corgan said, referring to flagship show Impact. “I’m very engaged with the executives there about how to not only move the company in the right direction – let’s call it a social currency level – but also do those things symbolically that the American public will recognize as change.”

Detailing his attempt to juggle the job with Smashing Pumpkins duties, he said: “I’m full-on involved, every day. I’m working around the clock to change the wrestling product, particularly as it pertains to television, working on what I’m hoping will be a developmental system. I’m basically working two full-time jobs, and it’s really hard to balance, because obviously my day job in the Pumpkins is pretty intense. For TNA, at 8 in the morning I’m writing emails and at 12 at night I’m writing emails – I’m filling in every hour I’m not working on music with my wrestling job.”

Corgan announced his retirement from pro-wrestling in November 2014, having previously run the independent Resistance Pro Wrestling organisation.

Smashing Pumpkins’ tenth album ‘Monuments To An Elegy’ was released last year, with another record entitled ‘Day For Night’ expected later in 2015.