Recap from TJ Hawke:
This match happened during the 2012 Wrestlemania weekend. The gimmick was that Jim Cornette was bringing in someone from ROH to challenge Pearce for the NWA Heavyweight Championship.
Jim Cornette announced that Cole would be the opponent. Cornette and Cole shook hands. Cole was mostly running through Pearce until the NWA Champ caught him with a chokeslam. Pearce worked him over for a while after that. Pearce went to the top rope at one point, and Cole managed to crotch him. Cole then hit a superplex. Cole made a comeback. Pearce came back with a Made in Japan: 1…2…NO! Cole came with a diving leg lariat: 1…2…NO! Cole went for the diving crossbody, but Pearce avoided it. Cole got a small package: 1…2…NO! Pearce came back with a lariat. Cole hit a diving crossbody, but Pearce rolled through: 1…2…NO! Pearce argued with the ref. Cole hit a superkick: 1…2…NO! Cole called for the Florida Key, but Pearce low blowed him. Pearce then hit the piledriver: 1…2…3.
The next night, at a ROH show, Cole would get his win back in an impromptu match.
This match was solid, and it was on its way to being quite good. However, the lame ending definitely left a sour taste in my mouth. Clean finishes everybody. There needs to be a really good reason not to have one.
Match Rating: **3/4