Billy Corgan has chimed in on the reports of the NWA’s reported TV deals, saying that there’s some untrue “speculation” floating around.
While Corgan said last month that the NWA had signed “two television deals” with a “top 20 network,” the rumored deal with The CW Network may be off due to WWE NXT moving to the network in October of 2024.
Speaking on a recent edition of the “Drew Garbo Live” podcast, the NWA President commented on the status of the company’s TV network deals. He said,
“I’d like to say, first and foremost, we are a television content producer. Wrestling in the 21st century is television first and everything else second. That’s not to say that the second is not important, but if you can’t drive from television down, you’re going to have a hard time building an audience. Certainly, being on national television in any capacity, digital or otherwise, broadcast network, that’s how you reach the most people. Going into a market like Sarasota, as we’ll be Saturday after next, having people have a routine to reach your television product is part of what makes people want to see the matches.”
He continued, “We are free on YouTube, but the way YouTube works, and the way people’s schedules are, unless they go looking for stuff, they may not know you’re there. TV deals are at the core of it, and there has been a ton of speculation lately, and I stand by what I said. We have two TV deals with a top 20 network. That’s all I can say for now. There is lots of speculation that’s not true, but I can stand here and say, hand on heart, that is absolutely true.”
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Billy Corgan, the President of the National Wrestling Alliance (NWA), has addressed the recent reports about the organization’s TV deals. Corgan clarified that there is some untrue speculation circulating regarding the NWA’s television agreements.
Last month, Corgan had announced that the NWA had secured “two television deals” with a “top 20 network.” However, it appears that the rumored deal with The CW Network may not materialize due to WWE NXT’s move to the network in October 2024.
During an appearance on the “Drew Garbo Live” podcast, Corgan emphasized the importance of television in the modern wrestling landscape. He stated, “We are a television content producer. Wrestling in the 21st century is television first and everything else second.” Corgan explained that while other platforms are important, television remains crucial for reaching the widest audience.
Corgan further elaborated on the significance of TV deals, stating, “TV deals are at the core of it.” He acknowledged the recent speculation surrounding the NWA’s TV agreements but assured fans that the organization indeed has two TV deals with a top 20 network. Corgan emphasized that he stands by his previous statement and confirmed that the speculation is untrue.
The NWA has been providing free content on YouTube, but Corgan acknowledged that relying solely on YouTube may limit their reach. He highlighted the importance of having a routine for viewers to access their television product, as it helps build an audience and generates interest in their matches.
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In conclusion, Billy Corgan has clarified the status of the NWA’s TV network deals, addressing the rumors and emphasizing the significance of television in today’s wrestling industry. While some speculation has been proven untrue, Corgan affirmed that the NWA indeed has two TV deals with a top 20 network.