Former Ring of Honor World Champion PCO recently spoke with Liam Wyatt of ITRWrestling. He reflected on a memorable house show in 1997, where he believed Hulk Hogan did Jacques Rougeau a favor by taking a loss in their match.
“We were under contract with WCW, and then we decided that we would run our own show,” said PCO. “We rent out the building, we paid off WCW for all their talent, I’m gonna throw numbers in there, [they might] be a little bit less, a little bit more, but just so we have an idea so…all the WCW talents were under contract on a per-year deal. So it was not costing [sic] anything to have a show because they were under contract. So we threw $20,000 for WCW. We threw maybe $30,000 just for Hulk [Hogan.] And then we promoted the whole event, the publicity, the building, the posters, the newspaper article, all the publicity and everything.
“We ended up with about 13,000 people, which was a great house for WCW, it was like a WCW show. And the main event was Jacques Rougeau against Hulk…It’s true that Jacques and Hogan, I mean for the money that he got, I think it would have been cheap for him not to do it. Because we paid him good money, and it’s a house show. I think it was just returning a favor to someone that he respected a lot.”
PCO also revealed that he heard that Eric Bischoff was quite unhappy with the situation because Hogan made the decision to lose the match without getting Bischoff’s approval.