5 Most Surprising Pro Wrestling World Champions Of Recent Years

Wrestling fans have come to expect the unexpected...

4. PCO (ROH World, 2019)

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The former Quebecer Pierre retired in 2011 at age 43, after a quarter-century as an active wrestler. A gifted heavyweight willing to take copious risks, Pierre had a respectable career, but never rose past a certain level stateside, and his retirement was fairly quiet.

Talk about an unlikely comeback - Carl Ouellet dusted himself off five years later, reinventing himself as PCO, a monster impervious to pain. Raves came in for his renewed work, and ROH saw fit to make him their top champion, weeks before his 52nd birthday.

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In addition to writing lists and commentaries for Cultaholic, Justin is also a features writer and interviewer for Fighting Spirit Magazine, and is co-author of the WWE-related book Titan Screwed: Lost Smiles, Stunners, and Screwjobs.