Posted by TNA Wrestling News Staff on Jul 11, 2013
Adam Pearce Defends His TNA Gutcheck Appearance

Adam Pearce Defends His TNA Gutcheck Appearance

Adam Pearce wrote the following blog following some fan comments regarding his TNA Gutcheck appearance…

“u got fkd by tna”.

I wholeheartedly appreciate the passion and the sentiment. I really do, and I am still blown away by the crazy positive support that I got as a result of the GutCheck experience. It was both refreshing and unexpected. But guys, let’s take an OBJECTIVE look at it.

Through GutCheck, I got National TV exposure with an authentic presentation of my “character”. And even though I wish the match itself was better and got over the things it was supposed/designed to, I did what I could, and I saw an immediate increase in attention to my character and booking inquiries about it. That led directly to $$$. I do this for a living, remember.

Through GutCheck, I found myself working once again with a litany of awesome professionals that at one time or another I’ve wrestled with, booked for, or produced television with. It was such a natural and seamless fit into that process that I think it probably caught some execs more unfamiliar with me off-guard a bit, and that couldn’t be anything but a positive.

Through GutCheck, I made new contacts and opened doors. People that might have only heard of me in passing got an upfront sense of what I am about, both behind closed doors and when the cameras are on, how I operate in the ring, and maybe more importantly how I put things together outside it. That exposure alone might have been more positive, and perhaps more valuable for me, than SpikeTV’s.

Perception very rarely (if ever) equals reality.

A couple things to think about:

I’m now 5 years older than what is considered “old” today in our industry. Whether I agree with that personally means nothing; it’s simply the way it is today. That means that any TV exec or Guy in Power that looks at demographics and ratings potentials would see a 35 year old MAN mixed in with a majority of twenty-somethings, and probably wouldn’t see much of a shelf-life. He probably would also see that a 35 year old MAN rolling around usually doesn’t jibe with the audience that the TV products generally target unless the person is an already established and recognized star. And I simply don’t fit that bill. Further, the analytics of my own Facebook fan page (; please LIKE, thanks) tell me that even though my ego tells me not to agree with it, Mr. TV Exec and Guy in Power is probably right.

And that’s okay.

The truth is that my interest in GutCheck was never about finding lightning in a 6 minute segment/bottle and becoming a TNA wrestling superstar in a flash. If it were, (SPOILER ALERT) I would have done it a long time ago when I was a touch younger and initially asked about it. That spot instead went to someone I know well and he did GREAT with it, the sleazy bastard.

My honest interest in finally doing GutCheck was the proverbial notion of getting a “foot in the door”, not ever expecting that I’d blow people away with my very simplistic wrestling, but wondering if my other intangibles would, in some way, keep that door open for another time in the future. And that, guys, remains to be seen. No one has told me to f— off yet.

Sorry for this novel, but I’m always getting asked if I’m pissed at TNA, or getting told that TNA “fkd me”. Please don’t be surprised or offended if I scoff at those notions a bit. It doesn’t mean I don’t 100% appreciate it, because I do, it just means that I know more about my situation there than anyone else.

I got exactly what I EXPECTED when I did GutCheck, and that’s mostly because I forced myself to #OpenMyEyes ahead of time.

By the way, I’ll have brand-new shirts available for sale this Saturday in Kansas City, KS for Metro Pro Wrestling ( and in Brownsville, Texas on Sunday.

If you plan on attending these events, come by and say hi. And if you please, #OpenYourWallet. Thanks for reading.

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12 Responses to “Adam Pearce Defends His TNA Gutcheck Appearance”

  1. IMPACT Dude says:

    sign this guy

  2. tnafan05 says:

    I said it before this guy crimson ohrina and morgan in a faction of should have beens big guys too i only say ohrina because of the look not really seen him wrestle

    • purpleurkel says:

      Ohrina shouldnt be in the business. Dude doesnt even know how to fall down. It was painful to watch

  3. tnadude says:

    Didn't I see him on ROH TV last week? Or do I have him confused with someone else… I swear he beat Silas Young…

  4. OldManEaston says:

    "That means that any TV exec or Guy in Power that looks at demographics and ratings potentials would see a 35 year old MAN mixed in with a majority of twenty-somethings, and probably wouldn’t see much of a shelf-life."

    Did scrap daddy forget where he was working for when he did this segment? LOL

  5. RavenNevermore says:

    I garentee he will be in TNA very soon

  6. whatsup121 says:

    This guy just power housed through

    Ryan Howe he didn’t offer any real

    Give or take in his match which took

    Away from the match anyways

  7. JoeWrestling says:

    Adam Pearce isn't the solution to anything. He's a guy you can have on for an occasional match, but he's not a guy to sign for a weekly spot. TNA has too many as it is. Personally, I'm liking Gunner, he has a good look and potential to gain some traction. The fans need to get behind some guys with potential, and not every indy guy who happens to show up. TNA is not an indy show, and the wrestlers they use need to have mainstream appeal.

    • jflegler says:

      Adam Pearce may not be TNA's solution, but neither is Gunner. Personally, I think that Pearce has a better look than Gunner and miles ahead of him in the charisma department. Pearce does not look "indy" to me <— using your ideology. However, once being in the business, I sort of know what you are alluding to.

      You stated that the fans need to get behind guys with potential. Since seeing potential in something or someone may be subjective, "fans" may already be backing those they see with potential regardless of their wrestling alliance. Furthermore, the vast majority of wrestlers that you see "show up" will be "indy guys", so you might as well get used to it.

      If you can help it, do not blame the fan for having an interest in a wrestler, blame the company for having said interest or disinterest and subsequently not capitalizing on their decision.

  8. tsoutheast says:

    TNA Gutcheck is a losing gimmick.Not one star has neen made since Gutcheck has been aroung the last 15 months.

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