Billy Corgan clarifies ‘you’re not a wrestling fan’ quote about NWA champion Tyrus

July 3, 2023 0 By JohnValbyNation

Billy Corgan has clarified previous comments he made about NWA World Heavyweight Champion Tyrus. 

The NWA owner made headlines last month when he was quoted as saying, "If you’re not gonna watch [Tyrus], then you’re not a wrestling fan" during an interview with the NY Post. 

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“When Tyrus walks through the door, he brings the heat, and if you’re not gonna watch him, then you’re not a wrestling fan," Corgan said. "I’m not booking a charity. I’m booking a professional wrestling company.” 

Corgan recently clarified those comments during an interview with Steve Fall of 

“What I was saying was, if you don't like Tyrus in a wrestling ring because of his politics and because he brings heat into wrestling, then I don't understand what wrestling that you're after. I went on to say and I don't think it was quoted, 'Are we only booking friends in a wrestling ring.' Like is this just like Patty cakes and then everybody pretends these guys hate each other, and then they hug at the after party and everything's cool?” I believe, like all good promoters, that the heat of the outside world coming into a wrestling ring isn't necessarily a bad thing.”

“Remember when there was all the crazy heat with Edge, Matt Hardy, and Lita? That was a real-life thing that was ultimately taken advantage of in a wrestling ring and obviously, all the parties agreed. Whether that was comfortable or uncomfortable to them, I can't really say even though I know Matt pretty well and I know Edge pretty well, but I don't think I've ever sat down to really ask them how they felt personally about it. But obviously, that was a moment of real heat and people had opinions about how the whole situation played on a personal level. So if your argument would be, ‘That should not have been a wrestling angle’, well, that's a viable argument to make. If your thing would have been, ‘I was uncomfortable with them being put in that spot’, well, that's a viable argument to make. But it did happen and it has happened in wrestling where real heat and real life comes into the wrestling ring.”

“So that was my point. It wasn't saying, ‘I'm going to pick this one person in Tyrus and if you don't like them as a wrestling talent, or you don't like them as a person, you don't like wrestling.’ So that's where it gets bastardized. It made for very good clickbait. 

Corgan also teased "good news" coming up for the NWA:

"I've picked the NWA up out of the ashes. I've turned it into a successful business. We have a lot of good news coming which I can't quite share yet, but I think we're going in about our sixth year of me owning the company. The roster has never been stronger. There are people who have noticed the quality of the NWA wrestling product week in and week out.”

The NWA has two upcoming shows in Highland Park, Illinois. NWA HP Cares For Cooper on July 7 will be a charity event to raise funds for the ongoing medical expenses of 8-year-old Cooper Roberts, who was shot during the Highland Park mass shooting event last year.

NWA HP Cares for Cooper 7/9 lineup:

NWA World Women's Champion Kamille defends against Natalia Markova  NWA National Heavyweight Champion EC3 defends against Jordan ClearwaterNWA World Women's Tag Team Champions M95 (Madi Wrenkowski & Missa Kate) defend against Pretty Empowered (Kenzie Paige & Kylie Paige)NWA United States Tag Team Champions The Country Gentlemen (Anthony Andrews & AJ Cazana) defend against SVGS (Blake Troop & Jax Dane)Mike Knox and Trevor Murdoch vs. Daisy Kill & TalosJoe Alonzo & Mario Pardua vs. The Southern 6 (Alex Taylor & Silas Mason)Angelina Love vs. Ruthie JayGaagz the Gymp vs. Eric Jackson

The promotion will then run a set of television tapings out of Highland Park the following day.