PCO is enjoying one of the best career comebacks that the pro wrestling business has ever seen. The 32-year veteran is currently in the midst of a run in Ring of Honor, where he’s a featured star alongside Marty Scurll and Brody King. The trio is known as Villain Enterprises and they have become one of the most popular acts in the company.
But it may surprise some WWE fans to know that PCO, who was originally known as Pierre Carl Ouellet, was supposedly going to be the top champion in Vince McMahon’s company. PCO recently talked to the Sporting News, where he revealed the original plan for him to become WWE champion.
“There was a time when Vince McMahon and the management were going to go all the way with me and put the world title on me in Canada. After The Quebecers split up, me and Jacques worked some matches in Montreal that done brilliant business for the WWE with sold out stadiums. Vince was doing okay with the Canadian loop of Montreal, Quebec City, and Toronto and it was discussed that I’d win the belt from Bob Backlund in one of those cities to a big reception and then drop the belt to either Diesel or Bret back in America a few weeks later. I was essentially going to be a caretaker champion for a short period. In the end, for reasons I don’t know, Vince went off the idea and went in a different direction. The news made me sore as it was always my dream to be a world champion.”
PCO spent three years in WWE during his first run, from 1993 to 1996. He rose to prominence in the company next to Jacques Rougeau as The Quebecers and the two later reunited in WCW as The Amazing French Canadians. PCO’s career resurgence nearly thirty years after his debut is truly one of the most impressive, feel-good stories in the business today.