Roman Reigns needed a new challenger to defend his WWE Universal Championship at Royal Rumble. Two weeks ago we saw how Reigns did everything in his power to make Adam Pearce, producer and agent in WWE, his challenger. However, this past Friday on SmackDown, Pearce "pulled it off his sleeve" and got Kevin Owens to sign the contract to face Reigns in a Last Man Standing match at the Royal Rumble event.
Could Adam Pearce actually wrestled Roman Reigns at the Royal Rumble and surprise everyone? The answer is yes.
Why? Because Adam Pearce has a great resume in professional wrestling. He's a five-time NWA World Champion and is a member of the NWA Hall of Fame. Pearce debuted as a professional wrestler in 2006 in the independent scene, as most of pro wrestlers tend to do. He made several appearances in WWE between 1997 and 1999. He also wrestled in some Mexican promotions, made it to New Japan Pro-Wrestling and wrestled in the historic Tokyo Dome.
Pearce wrestled for Ring of Honor Wrestling and NWA from 2005 to 2014 and worked with superstars such as Daniel Bryan, Samoa Joe, Cesaro, Roderick Strong, Steve Corino, and other recognized talents, including legends. In 2013, he made a brief appearance on IMPACT Wrestling, same year that he returned to Puerto Rico as part of World Wrestling League's Idols of Wrestling event, today known as La Liga Wrestling.
Pearce is a tremendous wrestler who has been retired for several years and has focused more on working outside the ring. Could Pearce have defeated Roman Reigns had he been the challenger? Maybe. What we do know is that it would have been a tremendous match if the circumstances had been different. However, Owens vs. Reigns will be a match that will be on people's mouth for a long time. We hope so.