NWA boss Billy Corgan has hit back at previous reports touting the all-female Empowerrr show’s demise and explained why there wasn’t one in 2022.
The first NWA Empowerrr event in 2021 was a big part of the NWA 73 weekend and with NWA 74 just gone in St. Louis, fans were wondering why the all-female show had not returned in 2022.
Speaking to NBC Sports Boston, Billy Corgan explained why the show didn’t make a return this year and blamed a lack of independent talent available ready to be put on pay-per-view but says the show will return in the future:
“No, it is in the cards. In fact, I saw a headline recently that said I don’t plan on bringing [Empower] back and that’s totally false. What it was is that we looked at Empowerrr for this NWA 74 pay-per-view and unfortunately there’s an opacity of female talent available on the open market because there is such a demand for female talent both with WWE and AEW.”
“There just isn’t a ton of free agent talent available that can work at the television level. Is there enough talent, absolutely, but you’re talking about putting people on international pay-per-view where you’re asking fans to pay money. You’re gonna put on an all-female pay-per-view, by the way, let’s all remember that [if] that PPV doesn’t go well and you put people in positions they are not ready for, it’s gonna blow back on those talents and the company.”
“We will definitely run another Empowerrr pay-per-view, absolutely. Hopefully next year. It’s just one of those things where it has to be the right time. Look at all of the people under contract with WWE and look at all of the people under contract with AEW and you recognize probably 80-90% of the top female talent is already under contract with those companies.”