Adam Piece shocked WWE fans around the world on Friday night when he won the SmackDown main event to earn a Royal Rumble title match.
Yep, so-called Scrap Daddy himself ended up winning the Gauntlet Match thanks to some unwelcomed involvement from Roman Reigns and Jey Uso which left him lying on top of a beaten Shinsuke Nakamura.
Now, Pearce will face the Tribal Chief for the Universal Championship on January – but he’s no slouch, and he’ll more than hold his own.
For those who aren’t aware of his legacy though, let’s give you the rundown.
The retired wrestler – who was a real force on the independent scene and held the NWA World Heavyweight Championship on five occasions – joined the company as a guest coach and trainer in 2013, before going full time two years later.
He largely worked behind the scenes helping other wrestlers with their matches, but all that changed over the summer.
After appearing on screen during SmackDown’s Intercontinental Championship tournament last year, he went on to become the de facto authority figure across both the blue brand and Raw, delivering news to superstars as and when required.
His role has steadily grown to the point that he’s just accepted as the man in charge now – or at least the one carrying out Vince McMahon’s orders.
What many WWE fans might not realise is that Pearce build up an incredible resume over the years, with major title reigns in the National Wrestling Alliance (NWA) and Pro Wrestling Guerrilla (PWG).
His five world title reigns in the former is enough to call him a legend of the independent scene.
It also resulted in him being inducted into the NWA Hall of Fame in 2015, which places him alongside icons like Jim Ross, Ricky Steamboat, Dusty Rhodes, Terry Funk, Ric Flair and Harley Race.
He retired in 2014, bowing out of the indy scene after losing to long time rival Colt Caban at Championship Wrestling Hollywood in the opponents’ ninth and final match.
The point is, Scrap Daddy is no slouch – and at the very least, he has the skills to make his clash with Roman Reigns an entertaining and engaging bout.
Michael Cole couldn’t have been more wrong on SmackDown when he suggested Pearce wasn’t good enough to make it to WWE as a wrestler.
Now, he’ll hopefully get the chance to prove it.
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