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Billy Corgan Interview

Post by Adam D on Wed 06 May 2015, 9:24 pm

http://v2wrestling.com/5/post/2015/05/billy-corgan-talks-about-his-wrestling-vision.html







Billy talks to the press on 6th May 15

Billy Corgan joins an international conference call where he discusses his views on wrestling and how he is going to tackle his new role with TNA Impact.

A huge thank you to Billy for his time.

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Post by Prometheus on Thu 07 May 2015, 9:04 am

What did you think Adam?

I'd not know anything about Billy Corgan prior to listening to this. I'm only 10 mins in, but I'm hugely impressed. He sounds knowledgeable, intelligent and comes across as a great communicator. I'd been worried that he was a fan, and he is, but I think he understands the wrestling business and certainly knows the live entertainment business. Already, a couple of things he's said, eg a "wrestling first product" and developmental focus branded to TNA are particularly interesting.
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Post by Adam D on Thu 07 May 2015, 9:20 am

I thought he came over exceedingly well but uses the phrase "vis-à-vis" too much Laugh

He seems to have a genuine passion and brain for it - I really liked what he said about entrance music. Have high hopes for his tenure.

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Post by Prometheus on Thu 07 May 2015, 9:56 am

I could listen to him talk all day long, I think he's a great communicator. He's certainly not a faux-appointment as a publicity stunt. And he's driven for this. So it sounds a perfect start. I just hope that it goes well for the next 6 months, because his ideas sound big so if they don't get over with TNA or the roster or the fans, the honeymoon will end. But its IMO a perfect start.

One other thing he talked about that I was thinking about last night. Social media. You got me thinking on your question regarding Eric Young. And I started to think there is a bit of Foley in him, it is not a good analogy, but try to stay with me. You know when Mick was not so popular, had a wild character and a look that wasn't a wrestler. And of course, he got over doing big bumps and being the foe of Undertaker. And is Eric Young getting over doing big bumps on others (piledriving Angle multiple times or the piledriver through the table, etc.).

Then I started to think about how Foley got over. And you may remember, WWE pushed him hard. There was a biopic split over a couple of Raws that showed him as a kid jumping off his house, and growing up. It was real X-Factor journey stuff with JR really selling this guy.

That led me to Adam Rose. And this is a mild spoiler if you've not seen WWE: Behind the Curtain. But his 3 year old boy was born with some organs outside his body and at 3 has already lived longer than doctors said he would. And you see Ray Leppan (Adam) feeing him through a tube, spending time with him and saying he wants to succeed for his son. And this completely and utterly changes him in my estimation from a very average wrestler with a terrible character to the world's biggest babyface.

And then you have Billy asking the question of should wrestlers have a gimmick account, or should they be like actors where we know the actor is (let's say) Ray Leppan and he plays the character Adam Rose, but we know they are different.

I think it is a really good question. Because when WWE pull back the curtain and show Ray's family life. Or the recent NXT episode that had 10 minutes on Itami's journey to Mania where he's with his family. Well, it just shows them in such a different light and I do think in 2015 we as fans need to get behind the person as well as the character.

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Post by Adam D on Thu 07 May 2015, 10:05 am

When he was talking about social media, I didnt actually take the same thing out of it as you. I couldnt tell if he was for personal life on social media or against it. I thought he was just raising the fact it should be consistant.

I think that Robbie E does it very well.

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Post by Prometheus on Thu 07 May 2015, 10:11 am

Sorry, I definitely think he was saying that it should be consistent. And I agree with him on that. I think he was however asking the question of how it is done. At least that was my understanding, so he was asking do the wrestlers have personal and gimmick accounts, or is it okay for a heel to tweet pictures of them with their dog.

I personally think they should have a gimmick account. I think it gives the company more control over that account. For example, if/when Lana and Rusev split on screen does that mean they use their Twitter differently?

I was confusing too many items (apologies) and I don't want everything to be an X-Factor journey and sob story, but I do think in general pulling back the curtain and giving viewers a peek into the personal lives of wrestlers and making them real people can be good for the connection between the performer and the viewer.
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