In the wake of WrestleMania 39, Endeavor has revealed plans for a merger between WWE and UFC later this year, creating a new company that unites the powerhouses of both combat sports. The announcement has generated mostly positive reactions from National Wrestling Alliance (NWA) owner and The Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan.
He believes the merger will benefit the parties involved, his promotion, and the wrestling industry. During an interview with Chicago's WGN Radio 720, Corgan shared his thoughts on the merger: "Believe it or not, it's perfect for the NWA.
First, WWE has always been very positive about what I'm trying to do and supportive, even if it's behind the scenes."
Corgan's History in Wrestling Industry
Corgan, a passionate wrestling enthusiast, launched his own Chicago-based independent promotion, Resistance Pro, in 2011.
In 2015, he joined TNA Wrestling (now known as Impact Wrestling) as the Senior Producer of Creative and Talent Development. However, he departed the company after over a year due to contractual disputes. In May 2017, Corgan acquired the NWA and has been its owner ever since.
Corgan recognizes the importance of expanding his promotion's audience, and the WWE-UFC merger indicates the potential profitability of professional wrestling. He remarked, "Their growth, and the fact that they just had this massive sale, tell a lot of people who don't really believe in professional wrestling as an entertainment product, it suddenly — people start to look at what I'm doing and think 'Okay, he's not that crazy.
There is a business there, and it's growing.' " The merger emphasizes that wrestling is a thriving industry with a rich history spanning over 100 years. The combined forces of WWE and UFC will likely create new opportunities and avenues for expansion within combat sports entertainment.
For smaller promotions like NWA, the merger could pave the way for increased interest in the wrestling industry, potentially attracting new fans and investors. As the landscape of professional wrestling evolves, Billy Corgan and the NWA stand to benefit from the increased attention and validation brought about by the WWE-UFC merger.
This development may lead to further growth and success for the NWA and other independent wrestling promotions seeking to make their mark in an ever-changing industry.