By Kevin Eck
**The following contains spoilers for future episodes of “Ring of Honor Wrestling”**
The resurrection of PCO, who has had the wrestling world buzzing since making his Ring of Honor debut as a member of Marty Scurll’s Villain Enterprises at the international television tapings this past weekend in Philadelphia, is like something out of a Mary Shelley novel.
In this instance, however, real life is indeed stranger than fiction.
Pierre Carl Ouellet wrestled for the WWF and WCW for the majority of the 1990s and was a three-time WWF Tag Team Champion, but he would spend the ensuing decade away from mainstream pro wrestling in the United States, competing primarily in his native Canada as well as Europe and Puerto Rico.
After retiring from the ring in 2010, he disappeared from the sport entirely for six years. As far as the wrestling industry was concerned, Pierre Carl Ouellet was dead and buried.
He quietly made his return to the ring in 2016 for independent promotions in Quebec, but he was not on anyone’s radar in America. Until this past spring, that is.
On April 6, PCO emerged in New Orleans, which was the epicenter of the wrestling world that week. Wrestling on an independent show promoted by wrestler Joey Janela, PCO defeated heralded Austrian wrestler WALTER in a wild, hard-hitting bout that was one of the most talked-about matches that weekend.
Wrestling fans were astonished to learn that the physical freak of nature doing moonsaults from the top rope to the floor and exchanging jarring strikes with WALTER was the same guy who had wrestled under the guise of being a Canadian Mountie and a pirate more than 20 years prior.
Just like that, PCO became one of the most sought-after wrestlers on the independent circuit. Contributing to the buzz surrounding PCO was a series of bizarre YouTube videos that told the fantastical story of his return.
One of the videos shows the mysterious Destro in a cemetery digging up what presumably is PCO’s corpse. PCO has described Destro, who spews black gunk from his mouth when he speaks, as a “special entity.” According to PCO, “The Dalai Lama and Shaolin Monks fear [Destro] and cannot explain him.”
In another video, Destro resurrects PCO by sending volts of electricity through his body. As part of the reanimating process, Destro drives a 4½ inch nail through PCO’s nose and funnels what appears to be blood into PCO’s mouth.
Subsequent videos shot in Drestro’s dungeon feature PCO performing feats of strength, as well as PCO being electrocuted in a tub of water while training. All of this was done to lend credence to Destro’s claim that “PCO is not human” and to get him ready for the next step in his comeback.
That step took place in dramatic fashion this past weekend in Philadelphia when a charged-up PCO appeared in a major wrestling company for the first time in nearly 20 years.
That night, The Kingdom (Matt Taven, TK O’Ryan and Vinny Marseglia) saw that Scurll was in the ring by himself and figured it was the perfect opportunity to take him out. Taven remarked that all of Scurll’s friends had left him.
As The Kingdom closed in on him, Scurll said, “You are right, my friends have left me. But it doesn’t mean I can’t make new ones.”
Suddenly, the lights went out. When they came back on, the debuting 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.
As the rabid crowd began chanting PCO’s name, a brawl between the six men ensued, culminating with PCO hitting a moonsault from the top rope onto all three Kingdom members outside the ring.
Villain Enterprises was officially open for business. And the incredible resurrection of PCO’s wrestling career was complete.