On March 6, 2011, Adam "Scrap Iron" Pearce was set to defend his NWA World Heavyweight Championship against challenger Colt "Boom Boom" Cabana.
The wrestlers had a history between them that went back 15 years. Both are Illinois natives and graduates of Ace Steel and Danny Dominion's Steel Domain Wrestling School. They came up together in IWA Mid-South as members of the Gold Bond Mafia alongside CM Punk. Both are also former Ring of Honor wrestlers.
Pearce was in his third reign as NWA World champion. Cabana, his former friend, was challenging for his first NWA title. This would be the biggest match of Cabana's career. For 30 minutes, both men gave it their all.
The match had a special stipulation: The title could change hands if Pearce was counted out or caused a DQ. The stipulation made Pearce work extra in his role of the cheating heel champion. There was no comedy in this match—it was pure wrestling at its finest.
This match reminded me of a Flair vs. Sting bout from the early '90s. Pearce made Cabana shine and played the cunning and cowardly heel champ perfectly.
The match was full of emotion, chain wrestling and some high spots. Both wrestlers put on the best of their moves and Pearce was able to work around the DQ rule three times: He hit Cabana with the title, threw him over the top rope and delivered a low blow—all when the ref turned away and was distracted.
The finisher was great. Cabana hit a moonsault and hooked the leg for a two count. He held onto Pearce's leg and locked in the Chicago Crab to make Pearce tap in the middle of the ring.
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