For the most part, professional wrestlers are used to speaking in front of large audiences while being the larger-than-life characters they are supposed to play. And while this pro wrestler may not be a household name, he also happens to be one of the top candidates to win the open auditions for public address announcer recently held by the San Diego Padres.
The name Adam Pearce, or “Scrap Iron”, may not ring a bell for most fans of World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) and Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA), but he did compete in the latter promotion, and had worked for the former company as a trainer. The 35-year-old San Diego native, however, is far more familiar to fans of independent wrestling, where he has been pushed several times as champion. And given his experience in “working the microphone” in the world of wrestling, Pearce believes he has a good chance of going far as one of 20 people chosen as semifinalists for the Padres PA announcer job. Yes, even if he has what he himself describes as the “most unique” resume among all the applicants.
There haven’t been too many announcers who have crossed over from the unscripted world of major league sports to the scripted world of wrestling or vice versa, but Pearce appears to simply be happy to be among the semifinalists. “It’s an honor,” he said. “The fact that the Padres would open this opportunity up to virtually everyone speaks to their commitment to the community and finding a voice that represents it. It’s exciting, and I like being the dark horse in the race. I literally have nothing to lose.”