In an interview with NBC Sports Boston, Bully Ray talked about various topics, one of which was his relationship with Billy Corgan: “I’ve actually been friendly with Billy since the day he stepped foot in TNA/IMPACT Wrestling and just showed up to watch, and he was getting involved in some way, shape or form.
Me and Billy just hit it off. We would always talk about wrestling and rock and roll. The conversation just flowed, and we’ve stayed in touch over the years in one way, shape or form. I always liked and appreciated what Billy was doing with the NWA.
I like the fact that he was able to purchase it out of, basically, obscurity and breathe life back into it. Billy definitely had a passion for the professional wrestling industry, but probably the same time of passion he has for music, and we all know how successful Billy is with the Smashing Pumpkins”.
- he said as quoted by pwmania.com
Bully Ray on NWA
Bully Ray is happy with the situation within the NWA and compared it to ECW: “So I remember getting in touch with Billy because I like what the NWA does. I like the fact that the NWA allows their talent to talented, to go out there and do what they do, to go out there and tell the stories the way they see fit, to allow talent to go out there without a script and basically just speak from the heart off the top of their head and go have the matches that they think the NWA fan wants to see.
So I appreciate that type of freedom in a wrestling company. Obviously coming up in a company like ECW, where there was the most freedom you could possibly ever want in a wrestling company when I saw the NWA, I saw the comparisons, I saw the likenesses.
I said at this stage of the game where I don’t have to do anything I don’t wanna do because I love what I do on Busted Open and being able to cover pro wrestling as much as I do on our show, I said, ‘Hm, I think I’d like to do something there”.