Contributed by bill_stickers.
Posted by andrew
November 15, 2011 at 5:00 PM (EST)
In a rather unexpected turn of events, the Guardian
is reporting that Billy Corgan of Smashing Pumpkins
has founded a wrestling league:
'Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan is the creative director of Resistance Pro, an independent league that hosts its first fight night in Corgan's hometown of Chicago on 25 November at a 1,500-seat venue. He says his childhood interest in wrestling was reignited in the late 90s. "It was a very interesting time for wrestling," he explains from Copenhagen, where he is on tour with the Pumpkins. "It was very volatile, very unpredictable. It drew me back in.'
The Guardian is also reporting that Corgan has spoken about his intention to address social issues through his storylines, in his role as creative director:
'Corgan loves the sport for its combination of incredible athleticism, unique personalities and social concern, with fight storylines touching on sex, religion, race, and everyday issues. "Oftentimes it's one of the first forms of entertainment to address uncomfortable things in the culture," he says. He intends to continue this tradition, promising female stars will be given a platform to show off their athletic prowess rather being used as eye-candy.'