There’s no denying how amazing the comeback of Pierre Carl Ouellet, aka PCO, has been. Since returning to the indies in 2016 as the French Canadian Frankenstein, the man who wrestled in WWF and WCW back in the 90s has experienced a career resurgence. Just signing with Ring of Honor last year was a huge achievement.
At Final Battle in Baltimore tonight (Fri., Dec. 13), ROH took things one step further. They made the “Not Human” soon-to-be 52 year old their World champion.
It’s a hell of a story, and it will grab a company that’s had a rough go of things in 2019 some headlines.
But in order to strap PCO, they handed 31 year old Mexican superstar RUSH his first loss in the company. They also booked a decidedly sports entertainment-style main event, which at one point featured PCO’s manager Destro “jump starting” him using the engine of a smoke-filled hearse the wrestlers spent part of the match wrestling on top of.
Two other titles changed hands at Final Battle, as RUSH’s younger brother Dragon Lee defeated Shane Taylor to become TV champ, and Jay Lethal & Johnathan Gresham cheated to pin The Briscoes for the tag belts. With Marty Scurll possibly wrestling his final match with the company, this felt like a reset for ROH.
But if fans will be talking about any of it, it’ll be the PCO win. The small-ish crowd at UMBC Event Center was certainly behind the decision.
It’s a bold strategy. We’ll see if it pays off for them.
Get all the results from Final Battle here.