WWE Fans Are Shocked After Adam Pearce Wins The Gauntlet Match Against Shinsuke Nakamura on SmackDown

Published 01/08/2021, 10:44 PM EST


After a shocking turn of events, WWE official Adam Pearce is going to face Roman Reigns at the Royal Rumble 2020, for the Universal title. Twitter erupted after SmackDown as fans had mixed feelings about the match.

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In the five-man gauntlet match, Shinsuke Nakamura defeated Rey Mysterio, Baron Corbin, and Daniel Bryan. However, he was only pushed over as Roman Reigns and Jey Uso attacked him after his match with Bryan.

Pearce stood outside the ring as he witnessed Reigns and Uso lay carnage upon Nakamura. Following a Superman punch, Frog Splash, and more, Shinsuke lay flat on the ring.

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Roman then pushed Pearce into the ring as Uso delivered a kick to his head. Both Shinsuke and Adam fell motionless in the ring as Uso put Pearce over Nakamura.

Roman Reigns then ordered to ring the bell and count the pinfall. Adam Pearce ‘won’ the match as Reigns smirked away.

After the shocking end to the match, fans went on to Twitter to express their thoughts. Some were angry to see the constant ill-treatment of Nakamura in WWE, while others were somewhat happy with the storyline.

Here are some fan reactions following the match –

Roman Reigns established himself as the top heel as he tricked Adam Pearce

Despite the disappointment of many, WWE is doing a tremendous job at portraying Roman Reigns as the top heel of the company. As per the warning at the beginning of SmackDown, Roman made sure it is he who runs the Blue Brand.

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This is all a conspiracy against Pearce, it seems. As he mentioned earlier, he has not wrestled in six years, and now he has to fight against the top star of the company.

This could also be a mind game on Reigns’ part. During the opening segment, Roman Reigns grabbed Pearce by the collar but could do nothing.

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As per WWE policies, assaulting an official could have severe consequences. Hence, Reigns orchestrated the ending of the gauntlet match to get Pearce one on one inside the squared circle.

What did you think about the ending of the match? Do you think Nakamura deserves better? let us know in the comments below.

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Angana Roy

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Angana Roy is a WWE and AEW author for EssentiallySports, having published more than 800 professional wrestling articles. She is currently pursuing higher studies in English language and literature from the University of Calcutta and has over three years of experience in journalism. As a life-long fan of the sports entertainment brand of pro-wrestling, her work consists of live coverage of weekly shows, PPVs, speculating the future course of storylines and everything in between.

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