NWA President Billy Corgan recently joined NBC Sports Boston’s The Ten Count for an in-depth conversation about all things pro-wrestling, which included Corgan hyping up the promotion’s upcoming Hard Times pay-per-view, and discussing the NWA’s overall status in the industry, where he compares them to mid-90s ECW. Highlights from the interview can be found below.
Compares the current NWA product to mid-90s ECW, adding that he is trying to rebuilt the culture of what the promotion stands for:
“I feel like we’re in that ECW mid-90s position where, we’re actually building something that has a lot of momentum, but the general business doesn’t understand that something is happening on the ground because they’re focused on what’s happening elsewhere. That’s what I keep telling people, don’t sleep on us. They’re going to wake up one day and be very surprised that we’re very competitive. Everything I’m doing is to rebuild the culture of the NWA from the ground up. It’s not always as flashy as I would like it to be or splashy, but once we hit our stride, and we’re just about there now. When you look at the physicality of the NWA as opposed to other wrestling companies, that’s really going to be the difference maker. We’re pretty much the most physical company out there. When you’re trying to attract new fans, mainstream fans, lapsed fans, and fans who at some point burn out on too much no selling, they’re going to come back around to the NWA and realize that there is validity there that is timeless. That’s what we’re going on and it’s starting to really click now.”
How the NWA has been putting on really good shows from top-to-bottom, and how fans shouldn’t sleep on them:
“This last year, it’s really turned the corner and starting to look like the company that I hoped I was buying and how I built it. Whether you pop in now or next time, when you do, you’re going to be surprised at the level of quality. That goes back to the argument about the EmPowerrr show. It’s very trendy to say that I’m doing something. It’s another thing to actually pull it off. What the NWA stands for now is every time we run a pay-per-view, it’s very very good. Very very solid. Top to bottom. Our midcard matches are just as important as our main events. There was a time where we had a couple of ‘cool’ matches and pretty good main events and other stuff where you were like, ‘could have been a TV match.’ We don’t run those pay-per-views anymore. Don’t sleep on us.”
(H/T and transcribed by Fightful)