Adam Pearce is a former NWA Worlds Heavyweight Champion, but that won't feature as part of the build to his unlikely Royal Rumble Universal Championship match with Roman Reigns. 'The Tribal Chief' cares about much in kayfabe about Pearce's prior achievements as Vince McMahon does about them in real life, even if they include holding the fabled "10 Pounds Of Gold" for 1078 days over five reigns a decade ago.
In WWE, it's rarely about what a wrestler has done before this moment right here right g*ddamn now, pal. The job of the sponsor-friendly Superstar is to live in whatever reality they've been booked to accept, history be damned. Even if that history is relevant to the new story, or took place under WWE's umbrella, it's typically an ugly inconvenience rather than the helpful context it should actually be.
More on Pearce specifically later on, but list should highlight why it's quite fun to look back on some of the minuscule moments the company would rather we didn't. Most are a credit to the performer for sticking at it anyway - for every Ronda Rousey, there's a few thousand others that have the long-forgotten matches and appearances that are bound for the extras section long before the wrestlers themselves even get the tribute documentary. These are some of the best...
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