Billy Corgan Talks About Nick Aldis/ALL IN, Matt Riddle, WWE's Business


Billy Corgan recently appeared as a guest on Busted Open Radio to talk about his plans for the NWA, Nick Aldis, talent WWE is keen on such as Matt Riddle and more. Featured below are some of the highlights from the interview.

On being focused on restoring the prestige to the NWA World Title but admitting it’s hard to ignore the strategy WWE uses: “It’s hard to get into the WWE mind about why they do what they do. I mean it’s a what? Gazillion-billion dollar company? The decision making internally on a business level and a booking level, I mean they’re obviously doing something right. People are throwing money at them. I mean they’re not chasing money, people are throwing money. I wish people would throw money at [the NWA] like that, okay? So we could sit here and pick it all apart all day.”

On keeping an eye on talent who WWE is looking at, such as Matt Riddle: “I tend to look more at who’s a talent, a guy that’s worth watching is Matt Riddle. Very interesting guy obviously coming from the MMA side. You know no one’s ever really completely made that transition in a way where it’s like they brought that sort of MMA vibe or feeling to professional wrestling, I’ve always been curious.

“Where Kurt Angle brought the, let’s call it classic NCAA wrestler Olympic guy, there were guys of course in the 70’s, but nobody had ever had that level of success although the Iron Sheik would obviously [disagree]. He’s still complaining, ‘I was first.’ God bless him.”

On what is next for Nick Aldis, win-or-lose against Cody Rhodes at ALL IN this Saturday: “Nick Aldis is exclusive to the NWA. So he’s an NWA talent and our approach from the beginning has been that we want to identify those talents that we want to sign to the NWA. We don’t feel like we necessarily have to carry a full roster. We feel that the way we build our brand is to stay really open in the marketplace, work with whoever wants to work with us, but of course, we have to have talents that are our talents that can carry the NWA forward whether they are or aren’t the champion.

On Aldis’ deal with NWA: “Nick Aldis is exclusive to the NWA. So he’s an NWA talent and our approach from the beginning has been that we want to identify those talents that we want to sign to the NWA. We don’t feel like we necessarily have to carry a full roster. We feel that the way we build our brand is to stay really open in the marketplace, work with whoever wants to work with us, but of course, we have to have talents that are our talents that can carry the NWA forward whether they are or aren’t the champion.”

Check out the complete Billy Corgan interview on Busted Open Radio at SiriusXM.com.

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