On ROH’s final show of 2018, “The Villain” Marty Scurll publicly acknowledged that his friends had left him.
“But it doesn’t mean I can’t make new ones,” he said ominously.
Suddenly, the lights went out in the 2300 Arena in Philadelphia. When they came back on, the imposing Brody King was in the ring alongside Scurll. Then the lights went out again, and images of bolts of electricity flashed on the video screen. This time when the lights came up, PCO was in the ring by Scurll and King’s side.
Villain Enterprises, with Scurll as CEO, was officially open for business. And in 2019, business was good.
On March 15, PCO and King won the ROH World Tag Team Title from the Briscoes. Villain Enterprises collected more gold the very next night, as Scurll, PCO and King defeated The Kingdom for the ROH World Six-Man Tag Team Title. The trio went on to hold the six-man belts for a record 301 days.
On April 27, PCO and King captured the Crockett Cup tournament (along with the NWA World Tag Team Title), joining past winners such as The Road Warriors, Dusty Rhodes and Nikita Koloff, and Sting and Lex Luger.
The faction became even stronger in June, when Flip Gordon shocked the wrestling world by joining Villain Enterprises after spurning an offer from LifeBlood.
In October, a tournament to decide the ROH World Title challenger at Final Battle came down to PCO and Scurll. After PCO prevailed, Scurll congratulated him and fully supported him in his quest to become world champion.
PCO, while still a co-holder of the six-man tag title, defeated RUSH at Final Battle on Dec. 13 to bring the ROH World Title into the camp of Villain Enterprises.
It was a fitting end to a year in which the “villains” were conquering heroes.