Smashing Pumpkins Form a Tag Team With Indie Wrestling Promotion

January 17, 2008 5:36 PM ET

Billy Corgan has decided to take the "smashing" part of his band's name quite literally: he has loaned the song "Doomsday Clock" to a pay-per-view event called "Undeniable," being put on by a wrestling company called Ring of Honor. The promotion, which features cult-favorite performers like "American Dragon" Bryan Danielson and the Necro Butcher, counts Corgan as a fan. Corgan's lyrics have always been inscrutable, but as the above video illustrates, "Doomsday Clock" is apparently about piledriving men through tables.

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