In recent weeks, at Friday Night Smackdown there has been a character that has taken more and more foot in front of the WWE cameras, in the storyline that sees the Universal champion Roman Reigns doing good and bad times in every episode; we are obviously talking about Adam Pearce.
In the latest episode of the Friday night blue show, Adam Pearce has even become the new No. 1 contender for the title currently held by Reigns, with the champion and younger cousin Jey Uso going out of their way to make the official win.
of WWE, going to attack first the Japanese Shinsuke Nakamura and then Pearce himself, then placing the body of the federation producer on a defenceless Nakamura.
Adam Pearce is no slouch in the ring
As feared in the past few hours by Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer, WWE will probably replace Adam Pearce with Kevin Owens in some way at Rumble, thus leaving aside the former wrestler now retired for a few years, who seems to be out of shape to return to fight and especially was not hired by WWE for an active in-ring role.
From what transpires from the personal Twitter account of the McMahon company's official, however, this challenge seems to have been accepted anyway, with Pearce who despite him must defend himself from the continuous attacks of Roman Reigns and his cousin.
Recently, Adam Pearce has in fact shared the following thought, in which some archive photos of the former NWA champion against the former NXT champion, Adam Cole, in an old match outside the WWE come out: "I enjoyed my two-decade journey; I honestly loved it.
And in the end, I was ready and happy to go into the sunset. The "Capotavola" put the keys back in my hand once more and forced me to resume the journey. So, back on track..." Apparently, these phrases seem to mean that Adam Pearce has against his will to accept the challenge arrived from the Universal champion of Smackdown, who by force forced Pearce to win the gauntlet match of Smackdown, ahead of a Royal Rumble title match, which sounds a lot like Reigns' personal revenge on Pearce's actions in recent weeks.
We'll see now if WWE will make any changes to the match or if Adam Pearce will really have to go back to tying his combat boots in the McMahon federation rings. The Pearce-Reigns development also opens up more options for the Men's Royal Rumble Match, so it creates an unpredictable Road to WrestleMania for WWE SmackDown.
Heading into this past week's episode of WWE SmackDown, most fans thought that Kevin Owens would face Reigns at the Royal Rumble. Likewise, Daniel Bryan is widely expected to win the Royal Rumble Match itself.