PCO winning the ROH World Title in his 50s was a thank you to a performer who spent over 30 years battering his body in the name of entertainment. Now with an eye on retirement, PCO has detailed an audacious final hurrah; an 80,000 seater show in Montreal.
Speaking with Nick Hausman of the Wrestling Inc. Daily, PCO said the following about his ‘final run’:
“I don’t have issues with bumping, I don’t have any issues with my knees, or my back or my spine. It’s not that I want to stretch my time, but I need to accomplish those things that I always wanted to accomplish. And I did accomplish a lot the last two or three years. I’m maybe one or two goals away before retiring. I was hoping to leave the business on a great run, on packed houses. A little bit like Steve Austin or Hogan, or something similar but not the same because that’s been done. I want to do it my way, maybe in the last three months, four months, six months, a year.
“I know I want to sell out the Olympic Stadium,” PCO continued. “It’s about 80,000 people in Montreal. Those things are pretty big, and that’s what I wanted to do before I really retired. We’ll see. I got my ideas on how to accomplish that. We sold out with New Japan Pro Wrestling and Ring of Honor, the Madison Square Garden, in about 20 minutes. All the fanbase there, you can send them first. My thinking is that if we can sell those 20,000 or 25,000 seats around the ring. Let’s say in a couple of days or a couple of hours, people coming from Boston, New York, Vermont, just the northeast, plus Quebec is big too. Six, seven hours away that they can come with their car. The rest of the tickets, 20 dollars apiece, or 25 dollars, big tailgate party.
“Get a partnership with the city, a partnership with the mayor, a partnership with the Olympic Stadium because it’s always empty. I think there’s a lot of opportunities there, and I think the people are ready for a big show. I’m hoping to put that together in 2022 or 2023. We’ll see how everything evolves. I think a good two, three solid months, you let the ticket go, people would get pretty fired up about it.”
While on the face of it this seems like a mountain too big to climb, PCO reckons it’s doable if ROH can get behind the idea like they did with All In:
“Something like [All In],” PCO said. “I’d like to put a lot of people together, a lot of connections. Let’s say the mayor, people that are interested. I remember WWE was doing 35,000 or 40,000 even. I was part of a show at SkyDome with like 45,000 people. SkyDome is amazing. SkyDome is like 80,000 seats, and it wasn’t even full. I was fighting Edge for his debut in Toronto, and I remember it was amazing.
“I’m known there because during my run as World Champion, I had been on every show in Canada, major shows like two million people watching. All those people, they said, ‘If you come to this arena for a title match or title defence, Olympic Stadium,’ all the top journalists and people in charge of websites, they were all in. They all want to be a part of it. So, it would be so crazy. And that show could lead to a pretty cool run over the states, and would close the chapter for me.”