Billy Corgan Purchases The National Wrestling Alliance

by Mark Long

NWA Logo - historyofwrestling.comIn a move that confuses many interested parties within the world of professional wrestling, Billy Corgan, founder & frontman of The Smashing Pumpkins, purchases the name, trademarks, championship belts and intellectual properties of the National Wrestling Alliance from previous owner Bruce Tharpe. Given his celebrity status, the news that he’d become owner of the NWA instantly made headlines in pro wrestling circles, as well as in the music and entertainment industries, with Corgan quoted as saying, “People asked, ‘What are you buying?’ We’ve looked at how the WWE has positioned itself and how Anthem has positioned Impact Wrestling, and now a brand like the NWA, which has built-in recognition value and a history that is unmatched, suddenly starts to become more valuable in this shifting landscape. Maybe we’re not so crazy for buying these three letters after all.”