WWE Producer Adam Pearce has revealed which match he is most proud of putting together and it just so happens to have been one of the best matches to take place at WrestleMania 36.
Speaking to Corey Graves on WWE After The Bell, Adam Pearce revealed that he was the mastermind behind Rhea Ripley vs. Charlotte Flair for the NXT Women’s Championship and that he couldn’t have been prouder with how the clash played out:
“That’s why I felt so strongly and positively about what/who I worked with at WrestleMania. If we go back to WrestleMania, we’re in the Performance Center. There’s not a soul around the ring. There weren’t any fans. We didn’t have the LED boards at that point. There was nothing to really react to if you’re in the ring, so we made an emphasis to react to each other in a real and visceral way.
Let’s not throw away the smallest detail; let’s react to the smallest detail, and I’m proud to say Charlotte and Rhea Ripley, I think they knocked it out of the ball park that day. I was so proud, maybe as proud as I’ve been as a producer at WWE in the five years I’ve been here, just because they didn’t throw anything away. They took it all in and they used it”
Though many point to WrestleMania 36 as the match which caused a slump in Ripley’s career which she is yet to recover from, the match itself was a work of art and Pearce has ever reason to be immensely proud of it.
A former five time NWA World Heavyweight Champion, Pearce went on to explain that when he joined the company it took a while for him to understand the WWE terminology and find his feet as producer:
“So this is going to sound crazy and it’s going to sound like I’m completely minimizing things, and maybe I am to certain degree, but all I really needed was to know what my marching orders were, i.e. ‘Hey, you’re in charge of this today. This is what we want to get out of this today’, and then, terminology. That was the only difference in the way that I manage television on my own coming to WWE, and I credit that to having people around me prior to WWE who had been through the system or worked with the system to kind of give me the insight into, hey, this is how it’s ‘done.’
So when I was able to slide in that chair, the one thing I’ve always appreciated about WWE, at least from my standpoint, they’ve always said, ‘Hey, there’s the fire, jump two feet in that fire and see how it feels,’ and then you do that. And maybe you burn a little bit, but I didn’t.”
Adam Pearce has been a regular occurrence on WWE television over the past few weeks, serving as the authority figure for both Monday Night Raw and Friday Night SmackDown.
Credit for the interview: WWE After The Bell
h/t for the interview: Wrestling Inc.