It was recently announced in the world of professional wrestling that, after nearly 16 years in the business, a former multiple-time World Champion has suffered a neck injury that has resulted in a potentially debilitating situation. With that in mind, he had to announce that he is going on “One Last Ride”.
Wait a minute, when did Edge announce he was going on one last run to say goodbye? Who the hell mentioned Edge?
Author: Al Pavangkanan from Van Nuys, USA
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“Scrap Iron” Adam Pearce began his career in 1996 and had his first match shortly before he graduated high school. From there, he went on to work all over the independent circuit in the US, as well as in Mexico and Japan. He was the second-ever Pro Wrestling Guerilla world champion as well as the National Wrestling Alliance (yes, they are still around, thanks for asking) World Champion on three separate occasions.
“Scrap Iron” may be most well-known for his stint in Ring of Honor (where I first noticed and became a fan of his work). Pearce led the charge during that promotion’s feud with CZW and then became one of the most hated men in the ring. Pearce then took a different turn within the company and vanished from the ring altogether when he became the matchmaker for Ring of Honor after Gabe Sopolsky left the company.
Pearce has come this close to tasting the fame of the big time several times, but has shied away from the mainstream spotlight. He has been the Ultimate Pro Wrestling Champion when that promotion was a developmental system for World Wrestling Entertainment. He had also worked several television matches for WWE, which led to interest from backstage agent Terry Taylor after he left for WCW. He had two separate tryouts with World Championship Wrestling and was offered a contract - only to turn them both down for different reasons. He has been in the ring with “Diamond” Dallas Page, “The Masterpiece” Chris Masters, and has feuded with Sean Waltman, better known as X-Pac.
“Scrap Iron” Adam Pearce is the epitome of the journeyman wrestler in 2011. He has wrestled and traveled all over the world and has tasted success on his own terms. In today’s culture of bright lights and “sports entertainment”, Pearce is the epitome of a wrestler who has flown under the radar and thrived in doing so.
There’s much more to the story of Adam Pearce than can be written here. The stories he has to tell from his time on the road, as well as his own story of being the ultimate journeyman in 2011, is a fascinating tale better told by Pearce himself. As well as the story of "One Last Ride", which he still has yet to take. All of those stories will be told - by Pearce himself - here very soon.
In case you want to get more lowdown on Pearce's condition, give a listen to The Greg DeMarco Show courtesy of 411Mania Radio. Yes, my old stomping ground has gotten in to the broad-podcast business! Very happy for the crew there. In addition to getting some more info on Pearce, Ari Berenstein drops by and talks about the latest Ring of Honor iPPV, "Best In The World: