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“Financial health is fine. I’m 100 percent owner, still. No investors. So I answer to no one on expenditures except myself. For those who have noticed, this has been an incredibly successful period in my musical life; including a massive summer tour in 2023 and two more tours on the books for 2024 with an arena and festival summer run in Europe flowing into stadium tour with Green Day.

So if I needed additional funding (I don’t currently) I can get it easily, because I also own all my songs as well as my recorded work (what they call ‘masters’) since 2001; and which one could get loans on against future earnings, etc. if needed.” Billy Corgan

Media Man: It's not exactly the WWF - MTV Rock 'N Roll Wrestling connection from circa 1985 when Hulk Hogan, Mr T, Rowdy Roddy Piper, Cyndi Lauper, Wendi Richter, Dave Wolff and friends set the pop culture and pro wrestling world on fire, but that NWA and Smashing Pumpkins does offer a wrestling and music alternative, so you have to give Mr Corgan and crew credit for achieving what most could only dream off. The pro wrestling world is extremely competitive. Concepts (and "angles") can be hit and miss, especially in the often ultra sensative entertainment and showbiz landscape that exists today. Some parallels could be drawn to the original Extreme Championship Wrestling situation circa 1993. However ECW's Paul Heyman apparently never paid for music rights! ECW was small-ish also, but a cult following built. Eventually ECW was part funded by WWE's (then WWF) Vince McMahon. You read correctly. In January 2003 the WWE purchased ECW. ECW were innovators, edgy, cool and the talk of the wrestling world. We used to being their tapes into Australia to copy, trade and sell! ECW burnt through a lot of cash and created a lot of headaches - such is the nature of pro wrestling and the showbiz industry in general. Some of the performers / wrestlers / talent were not so easy to manage either, as one may imagine. The best talent was eventually cherry-picked by either WCW, WWE or both. Steve Austin was the pick of the little. Yep, "Stone Cold" Steve Austin, but he was a rare cat who was let of the leash and flourished - eventually.

Gone, but not forgotten - the legend of ECW lives on, and Paul Heyman today is a major player in WWE, both behind the scences and on camera, but you likely knew that part of the puzzle already.

Mr Corgan, currrent NWA champion EC3 and crew remain keen and steadfast in growing the NWA brand, but it's going to be an uphill battle Many types of entertainment and pro sports enterprises are, and Corgan knew the odds and hard yakka ahead of him when he got into showbiz and later the wrestling industry way back when. It's likely that in the future there will be books and perhaps a doco or even a movie about the amazing life of Mr Corgan and his Smashing Pumpkins and associated enterprises. Corgan is a dreamer, a doer and an achiever, and he doen't quite have the same chequebook of an AEW's Tony Khan or WWE's/TKO Group's Nick Khan and co. Again, give Corgan and his NWA credit and we will be cheering them on in their ongoing struggle to beat the odds. NWA, NWA, NWA!

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