Billy Corgan wears many hats. He's the singer/songwriter for The Smashing Pumpkins. He is a poet and owns a tea shop (Madame Zuzu's in Highland Park). And, since 2011, he has been the self-described creative director for Resistance Pro wrestling. Corgan orchestrates storylines for monthly events that blend wrestling and entertainment. The following is an edited version of a conversation with Corgan.
Q: Did you watch wrestling while when you were growing up?
A: I first remember watching wrestling when I was around 4 years old with my grandfather and my great-grandmother.
Q: How is Resistance Pro different from some of the other professional wrestling organizations?
A: We're more akin to a '60s or '70s wrestling company as to how we pace and how we work with talent. It's got a different feel to it. ... We're fan-friendly in that way and people really seem to like what we're doing, which is really hard to achieve at an "indie" level. We don't have the big video screen, we don't have the big explosions, so we have to work that much harder to make what happens in those few hours really count.
Resistance Pro wrestling presents an all-ages show at 4 p.m. April 28at The Barn at Arabian Knights Farm, 6526 Clarendon Hills Road, Willowbrook. Tickets start at $15; go to resistancepro.com for details.
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