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Billy Corgan: “Nick Aldis vs Cody Rhodes for a third time, that is an epic, epic, matchup waiting to happen.”

NWA owner Billy Corgan appeared last week on Busted Open Radio and he was asked what he sees coming up for the NWA in the next year:

“First of all, I feel like the little guy running around ringing a bell.  I see stuff I think maybe not everybody sees.  It’s going to be a hot second here, but pretty quickly, all the non-WWE forces out there at play are going to figure out that if they work together, you can topple the giant.  You might not topple them to the ground, but you can bring them to a knee.  That has not been even remotely a possibility for over 20 years.  It’s been 20+ years since the WWE had real competition.  Now if you want to say AEW vs WWE, I can respect that, but I think WWE would beg to differ on the bottom line part of it all.  But, if you’re talking about a public perception where you let this wrestling revolution of the last five years really kick in, and they let talents like yourself Bully, or a Mark Henry step up into this new vacuum, which Triller is also creating with the Fight Club model, and suddenly you can offer fans matchups that are complete dream matchups, and can rival WrestleMania on any given night, I think it will blow this industry wide apart, in a good way, not in a bad way.  I think Tony Khan is very smart.  He’ll figure that out pretty soon.  I think he’s going to quickly figure out that if he can get everybody under the same tent, and he has a lot of people under the same tent already.  I’m working with Tony.  Impact is working with Tony.  New Japan is working with Tony.  I don’t think there’s any hostility there between Tony and Ring of Honor.  I mean, if you put all the non-WWE players at the table in one night, I mean, how does the world not stop and watch for that one night?  That is a mind-blowing concept that wouldn’t even have been close to possible five years ago.  To answer your question, I think the NWA is kind of playing the wave that’s coming.  But, as I’ve said to Tony privately, our product is what it is.  We’re going straight up the middle.  I know there are a lot of wrestling fans who like what’s going on.  All power to you.  I’m going to ride the fact that the old school is the new school, and when all is said and done, it might be five years, it might be seven years, there’s going to be another major player at the table, and it’s going to be the NWA because a mainstream broadcasting platform is going to look and say, ‘If you can deliver this quality with this level of consistency to this wide of an audience, well here’s a seat at the table’, because I don’t have to sell them anything.  You look at the history, look at the brand, and look at what you’re presenting.  As long as you can figure it out behind the scenes, we’re good to go.”

Corgan was asked if we will see Nick Aldis vs Kenny Omega in the near future:

“I pitched it to Tony a few times.  It’s Tony’s world.  I respect him for what he’s building.  I’ll say it again.  Nick vs Cody Rhodes for a third time, that is an epic, epic, matchup waiting to happen.  I saw it happen twice in front of my own eyes.  When you combine Cody with the NWA World Heavyweights Championship and that history, I’m sorry.  I saw a look on Cody’s face that I’ve only seen when he was fighting for that title.  You can’t tell me that history does not mean something to him.  His father’s nickname is tattooed across his chest for a reason.  When your dad is Dusty Rhodes, I’m sorry.  I get goosebumps just talking about the dang thing.  I hope we see Cody and Nick down the road at some point, because that to me is just waiting.”

Sammy Guevara was also on the show. He talked about his relationship with the Inner Circle off-screen:

“It’s great.  We have this group chat where we are sending memes to each other.  I feel like they’re all like my big brothers.  They guide me to wherever we’re trying to go.  They all help me out.  To me, they’re definitely some brothers.  I feel like in the beginning of Dynamite, this was like storyline kind of stuff, like we’re in this group, whatever.  As the months went on, we actually formed an actual relationship and we actually became friends.  I feel like we’re in a good group of guys, these five.  I don’t know if it would have worked with anyone else.”

Guevara said he had some input on the Stadium Stampede match:

“It was my idea to have the match go from the cinematic to end it in the live crowd, and they actually went with it.  I was surprised.  Tony and Chris came up to me and said that was a really good idea.”

If you use any portion of the quotes from this article please credit Busted Open Radio with a h/t to WrestlingNews.co for the transcription. Busted Open Radio can be heard on SiriusXM’s Fight Nation (Channel 156), Monday through Saturday from 9 am to Noon eastern.






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