Adam Pearce Is Open To A Universal Championship Match With Roman Reigns
WWE official and former wrestler Adam Pearce was initially scheduled to challenge Roman Reigns for the Universal Championship at the Royal Rumble pay-per-view, but as we know, the match never took place.
Pearce was able to trick Reigns into signing the Royal Rumble match contract on the Jan. 15 episode of SmackDown. Pearce then feigned a knee injury, and per the term of the contract, was able to remove himself from the match. He allowed Kevin Owens, Reigns’ opponent at the time, to replace him in the Royal Rumble bout. The latter went on to defeat Owens (albeit in controversial fashion) to retain the title.
And so, the WWE official never wound up challenging Reigns. But in an interview with Oliver Browning of talkSPORT, Pearce revealed that if the opportunity presents itself, he’s open to challenging Reigns for the Universal Championship.
“If you come to me tomorrow and say ‘Hey, let’s rewind to the Royal Rumble’. If that match was actually going to happen, there is no chance I’d turn that down,” Pearce explained. “That would have been incredible. But it’s not something I ever pushed for or ever expected to happen. It’s not something I aspire to.”
Pearce took part in a gauntlet match on the Jan. 8 episode of SmackDown. The winner would receive a title opportunity against Reigns at the Royal Rumble. Pearce met Shinsuke Nakamura in the finals, but Reigns and Jey Uso proceeded to attack the latter before the match started.
A reluctant Pearce entered the ring, only to receive a Superkick from Uso. The latter then placed Pearce on top of Nakamura to score the pinfall victory, thus temporarily setting up the match with Reigns. But of course, Pearce was able to find a loophole and remove himself from the match to set up the thrilling Reigns-Owens bout.
Pearce’s Last WWE Match
Pearce’s most recent match took place on the Mar. 1 episode of Monday Night Raw. He and Braun Strowman challenged Cedric Alexander and Shelton Benjamin for the Raw Tag Team Championships. Benjamin caught Pearce by surprise and pinned him to successfully defend the titles. This set up the WrestleMania 37 program between Shane McMahon (who was watching outside of the ring) and The Monster Among Men.