85 Facts About Adam Pearce


Adam John Pearce was born on June 24,1978 and is an American professional wrestling executive and former professional wrestler.


Adam Pearce is currently employed by WWE as Director of Live Events, producer, trainer, coach, and on-screen authority figure.


Adam Pearce is a former five-time NWA World Heavyweight Champion, NWA British Commonwealth Heavyweight Champion, and PWG World Champion.


Adam Pearce is a member of the NWA Hall of Fame and a former full-time trainer and coach at the WWE Performance Center.


Between his junior and senior years, Adam Pearce suffered from acute muscular compartment syndrome in both of his lower legs and underwent surgery.


Adam Pearce had his debut match on May 16,1996, a few weeks before he graduated from high school.


Adam Pearce quickly began wrestling for independent professional wrestling promotions, especially in Milwaukee and other cities in Wisconsin.


Adam Pearce was part of the "East Coast Invasion" angle where he had an early breakout match near Thanksgiving 1997 against Reckless Youth.


Adam Pearce sided with the local Michigan babyfaces charged with fighting off Youth, Don Montoya, Lance Diamond, and Twiggy Ramirez.


Adam Pearce began wrestling for most notably for Carmine DeSpirito's Mid American Wrestling promotion, and through DeSpirito was booked on a tour of Europe in 1998.


Together Steel, Dominion, and Adam Pearce became regulars in Minnesota, working under the St Paul Championship Wrestling banner.


Adam Pearce went on to feud with Danny Dominion over the Northern States TV Title, which was showcased on ex-AWA announcer Mick Karch's weekly TV show, "Slick Mick's Bodyslam Revue".


Later on, Pearce became a member of the Gold Bond Mafia with CM Punk, Colt Cabana, Dave Prazak, and Chuck E Smooth.


Adam Pearce captured the ACW Heavyweight Title by defeating longtime rival Adrian Lynch in Green Bay, and held it until losing to Rob Norwood in a 3-Way-Dance months later.


Adam Pearce made several World Wrestling Federation appearances as enhancement talent, where he was noticed by Terry Taylor.


When Taylor moved to World Championship Wrestling Adam Pearce was contacted by Paul Orndorff.


Adam Pearce felt "burnt out" and decided to take time off from professional wrestling.


Adam Pearce has worked several UPW events, most notably against Diamond Dallas Page at UPW's biggest event, Overload, held in Las Vegas.


Adam Pearce wrestled Chris Masters in Masters' last independent match before being signed by WWF.


Adam Pearce was signed to be a part of the King of Indies 2001 Tournament, promoted by Roland Alexander's All Pro Wrestling.


Adam Pearce faced and was defeated in the opening round by Doug Williams.


Adam Pearce was generally inactive in a national sense, making sporadic appearances on California independent shows put on by Millennium Pro Wrestling and AWS and WCWA.


Adam Pearce made a few appearances for Mid American Wrestling.


Adam Pearce then signed on to wrestle in EPIC promotion, and after it failed he moved to Pro Wrestling Guerrilla.


Adam Pearce was an early fixture of the promotion, and feuded with Joey Ryan, Aaron Aguilera, and Frankie Kazarian among others.


Adam Pearce became the second ever PWG Champion when he defeated Kazarian on February 22,2004, at Taste the Radness.


Adam Pearce was the promotion's first heel champion feuding with Aguilera and Babi Slymm until he lost the title on July 10,2004, back to Kazarian at PWG's One Year Anniversary Show Reason for the Season in a Steel Cage "Loser Leaves PWG" match.


Adam Pearce was then very active in Southern California, working for Bart Kapitzke's Alternative Wrestling Show, as both wrestler and matchmaker.


Many in the SoCal industry credit Adam Pearce's booking as the reason for a huge upswing in AWS's attendance despite the lack of well-known or flown-in talent.


Adam Pearce won the AWS Title under a mask as "The Masked Spymaster II", defeating Babi Slymm.


Adam Pearce lost the title months later to Human Tornado in a cage match at AWS' Halloween Slaughterhouse II.


Adam Pearce was very instrumental in early NWA Pro events in the area, serving as the booker and matchmaker.


Adam Pearce eventually turned babyface, even cutting promos in Spanish as part of his Dusty Rhodes-esque character.


Adam Pearce became involved with New Japan Pro-Wrestling's Los Angeles dojo and trained there in addition to being a part of their short-lived television product, Toukon Fighting Spirit, which aired for six weeks in Los Angeles County.


Adam Pearce was involved in a storyline with NJPW talent Toru Yano, which eventually led to them tagging as "The Beer and Sake Connection".


Adam Pearce was additionally offered a tour in place of Florida-based wrestler Steve Madison, but was forced to decline due to work obligations.


In July 2005, Adam Pearce debuted for Full Impact Pro in Florida, facing Sal Rinauro and Azrieal.


Adam Pearce appeared at ROH's Glory by Honor IV show in September 2005.


Adam Pearce suffered a severe cranial laceration early in the match which required 20 staples to close.


Adam Pearce had originally challenged Homicide to the first strap match in ROH history, only to have Homicide rebuke it and throw out the cage challenge.


Adam Pearce went on to attack and seemingly cost Homicide his chance at the ROH World Title at Final Battle 2006 in Homicide's match against Bryan Danielson.


The feud with Homicide seemingly went to the wayside, as Adam Pearce started interaction with Pelle Primeau and Delirious.


On June 7,2008, Adam Pearce teamed with Hero and Eddie Edwards in a loss to Brent Albright, Delirious, and Pelle Primeau taped for ROH's Respect is Earned II pay-per-view event.


On June 27,2008, in Dayton, Ohio, Adam Pearce defeated ROH World Champion Nigel McGuinness via disqualification in a Title vs Title match.


Post-match, Adam Pearce threw a fireball into the face of Albright, resulting in Adam Pearce being suspended for 30 days while Albright was out of action to convalesce and recover from the burns.


On September 20,2008, Adam Pearce continued his year-long feud with Albright, defeating him at Glory by Honor VII to begin his second reign as champion.


On September 25,2008, it was announced Adam Pearce had departed Ring of Honor due to company cost-cutting measures.


On October 26,2008, Ring of Honor announced that Adam Pearce would become the new Head Booker of the company, replacing Gabe Sapolsky.


Adam Pearce appeared at the "7th Anniversary Show" in New York, NY on March 21,2009, losing to Bobby Dempsey in 30 seconds, and at "Eye of the Storm 2" on December 18,2009, in Manassas, VA, where he teamed with Matt Classic in a loss to The Set.


Outside of ROH, Adam Pearce has been feuding with Sean Waltman over the NWA Heritage Championship on NWA Pro events throughout the US on their "Wrestling Summit" arena events, notably at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas, among other arena venues.


Adam Pearce faced Brent Albright in the finals of the Reclaiming the Glory tournament to crown a new NWA World Heavyweight Champion.


Adam Pearce had lost in the semi-finals to Bryan Danielson, but Danielson pulled out due to injury and Pearce replaced him.


Adam Pearce defeated Albright in Puerto Rico at an International Wrestling Association event to become the new NWA World Heavyweight Champion, the first champion since the belt was stripped from TNA.


The match ended in a 30-minute draw with Adam Pearce retaining the belt.


The match went the full 60 minute time limit with Adam Pearce retaining the title.


Adam Pearce was managed in the contest by Baby Doll, the former valet for Tully Blanchard.


Adam Pearce pulled a pair of Brass Knuckles to presumably use on Albright, but Albright knocked them loose and hit Adam Pearce for the pinfall.


Post match, Adam Pearce got into a slapping match with Blue Demon, Jr.


On September 20,2008, Adam Pearce continued his year-long feud with Brent Albright, defeating him at Glory by Honor VII to begin his second reign as champion.


Adam Pearce defeated Dru Onyx on January 23,2010, in Quebec City, Quebec, for the NWA British Commonwealth Heavyweight Championship.


Adam Pearce defeated Blue Demon Jr, then holder of the NWA World Heavyweight Championship, and Phil Shatter in a three-way match to win the NWA World Heavyweight Championship for a third time on March 14,2010, at NWA New Beginnings.


Adam Pearce's resignation allowed Joey Ryan to take over the book.


On July 31,2011, Adam Pearce won the NWA World Heavyweight Championship for the fourth time by defeating Chance Prophet, Jimmy Rave and Shaun Tempers in a four-way match to win the vacant title.


On February 5,2015, Adam Pearce was enshrined in the NWA Hall of Fame as the first inductee of the 2015 class.


The match took place on July 21,2012, in Kansas City, and would see Adam Pearce knock Cabana out with the championship belt in order to score the deciding fall.


Adam Pearce would go on a run for the next couple of matches, besting Cabana in their Stage Five Dog Collar match on August 18,2012, in Bridgewater, Massachusetts and on September 30,2012, in Stage Six's Texas Death match, which took place in Salem, Oregon.


Adam Pearce, having lost the series, felt he had could no longer go on as the recognized champion, so both men symbolically dropped the championship belt onto the mat and walked off, leaving the NWA in the process.


Adam Pearce made his WFX Wrestling debut at 'Conflict of Interest to the Extreme 2010'.


Adam Pearce defended the NWA World Heavyweight Championship against Wavell Starr, and later in the event attacked Shane Douglas with the NWA Title belt, avenging Douglas' casting aside of the same title in 1994.


On March 28,2013, Adam Pearce appeared on Impact Wrestling as it was announced that he would compete in a TNA Gut Check match against Magno for next week.


Adam Pearce retired as an active professional wrestler on December 21,2014, following a television taping of Championship Wrestling from Hollywood.


Adam Pearce lost to Colt Cabana on the card in what was the ninth and final chapter of their Seven Levels of Hate series.


Adam Pearce returned to the now-renamed World Wrestling Entertainment when he first worked as a guest coach and trainer from December 2 through 6,2013.


Adam Pearce would continue to appear as a guest coach and trainer several times during 2014.


On December 11,2014, Adam Pearce worked as a producer on WWE's NXT TakeOver: R Evolution event, making him the first unsigned Independent Contractor to produce live WWE programming.


In May 2015, Adam Pearce signed to join WWE full-time as a trainer at the WWE Performance Center and producer for NXT.


Adam Pearce has since been promoted to the role of a producer on the main roster's Raw on USA Network and SmackDown on FOX.


Adam Pearce appeared in on-screen speaking roles on the January 17,2020, episode of Smackdown backstage making a match between Bayley and Lacey Evans, and again on the May 29 episode of SmackDown setting up a battle royal where the winner would face Daniel Bryan in the Intercontinental Championship tournament.


Adam Pearce is one of the main coaches tasked with training celebrities for WWE appearances, notably Bad Bunny and Logan Paul.


Adam Pearce became the on-screen WWE authority figure for Raw and SmackDown in 2020, first appearing in an authority role on January 17.


Adam Pearce was successful getting Strowman and Wyatt to sign, but Reigns declined because there were changes that he wanted fixed.


Reigns took issue with Adam Pearce's recent booking decisions, including scheduling a gauntlet match for that night to determine Reigns' championship contender at the 2021 Royal Rumble.


Adam Pearce was pinned when Strowman reluctantly tagged in Adam Pearce at the direction of Shane McMahon.


Days after SummerSlam 2022, Adam Pearce indefinitely suspended Ronda Rousey after attacking the referee and security personnel following the controversial ending of her match against Liv Morgan for the SmackDown Women's Championship while being pinned for having her shoulders flat on the ring floor.


Adam Pearce survived multiple rounds of cuts, landing in the Top 10 before being eliminated during the last week of auditions.