Match Point: Matt Riddle vs PCO (8/17/18)

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Photo: GCW

Match Point is an on-going series at Last Word on Pro Wrestling, where we look at intriguing matchups in indie wrestling and beyond. They may be dream matches, first-time matchups, or hotly anticipated rematches. Today’s edition focuses on a huge match up at next week’s Joey Janela’s Lost In New Yorka Game Changer Wrestling (GCW) production next week on Friday August 17. In what could very well be Matt Riddle’s last indie appearance before heading to NXT, the former UFC star faces one of the toughest men on the indie circuit right now, “Not Human” PCO.

On what may turn out to be Matt Riddle’s very last indie date, he has a dream showdown with the miracle man PCO.  Game Changer Wrestling (GCW) are the only company that could book such insanity and it is fitting that it take’s place on the Joey Janela’s Lost In New York show.  On August 17th we will see these two warriors do battle.

Matt Riddle

Photo: Oli Sandler / Ringside Perspective

Riddle has become the cornerstone of US independent wrestling over the last few years.  Having made the jump from the world of Mixed Martial Arts, after being released from the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) despite a four-fight win streak, Riddle took to wrestling like a duck to water.  His cool, laid-back personality helped him fit in with the indie scene.  He also had a star power and presence that few could match.  During his indie run, Riddle has put it all together and become one of the best wrestlers in the world using his MMA background and agility to become a fantastic all-around talent.  He can grapple with the best of them, fly around the ring in a sprint, and most importantly he can absorb and dish out stiff, hard strikes.  With his level of talent, it is no wonder the WWE has come calling.

PCO

PCO is the miracle story of 2018.  At 50 years old and almost two decades on from his runs in WWE and WCW, he became an overnight sensation following a match with WALTER at Joey Janela’s Spring Break 2.  Despite his age, PCO can still move and there is a morbid interest that comes with seeing him do Tope’s moonsaults and get hit really hard.  PCO stands as arguably one of the last remaining super indie names in the US once Riddle leaves.  And if this is, in fact, Riddle’s last independent match before being signed, there aren’t many better opponents than PCO.

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