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Ouellet's star shining again?
By TIM BAINES -- Ottawa Sun


Pierre-Carl Ouellet fought Bret Hart in a series of matches across the world for three months in 1995.

In front of thousands and thousands of fans each night, he played the part of a bad guy. Ouellet also held the WWF tag-team title three times with his partner in the Quebecers, Jacques Rougeau.

He was Jean-Pierre Lafitte, Killer Carl Wallace and he was The Pirate, a role for which he was a natural given that he has just one eye.

Now 35, Ouellet wrestles in front of hundreds of people one or two times a week in hopes of getting back to the big time.

He's a key guy for CPW International, a group wrestling in Hull every couple of weeks.

He's got reason to be optimistic about his future. He's trimmed down from 280-300 lbs. to a lean, mean fighting machine at 235. And better yet, WWE told him in July they were interested.

Nonetheless, he says he's got enthusiasm for the business no matter how many fans are watching him on a given night.

"This is entertainment, so it doesn't matter if it's 50 people, 500 people or 15,000 people ... you've got to perform," says Ouellet, who calls Montreal home. "I still get butterflies before I go out there each night. But that's a good feeling. That's what you need to do your best."

Ouellet was on his way out of the WWF when he fought Edge in SkyDome in front of huge crowd. He says he's changed so much since then.

"I've got a lot of different moves," says Ouellet. "I'm not the guy who's going to say, 'back then, it was like this.' The business has changed so much. I'm not trying to resist change. I'm changing with the business. I'm doing stuff I wasn't doing five years ago. I'm at the peak of my career."

Ouellet lost the sight of his right eye when he was 12.

"We were tough kids," he recalls. "I didn't really listen to my parents. We had pellet guns and went to try and kill some birds. We came back and started shooting each other in the legs. We weren't using pellets, we were using Pick Up Stix. I was hiding behind the counter and my friend got me right in the eye. I pulled the stick out and the blood came out big time."

Months later, he was playing football and there was more bleeding inside the eye. Surgery after surgery followed. Ouellet says it toughened him up.

"I think it helped me at not ever wanting to quit," he says. "It made me mentally tough, a fighter in life."

A fighter maybe, but a nice guy outside of the ring. A guy who should be back in the spotlight.

- If crashing a limo and nearly killing Kane is your cup of tea, RAW was great. But the show-stopping sequence that had tongues wagging was getting mixed reviews. In case you missed it, Shane McMahon lured Kane into the limo (he entered through the skyroof), then jammed the gas pedal and accelerated the car forward. The car sped into a nearby tractor-trailer, getting its roof ripped off and leaving Kane a bloody mess. It was suggested two cars had been used for the stunt, but WWE officials insisted it was just one.

- It's daughter vs. father at No Mercy. Stephanie McMahon puts her job as Smackdown! GM on the line vs. Vince's WWE chairman of the board title. Look for Stephanie to lose. She's marrying real-life fiance Triple H next weekend.

- D-Generation X lives. Boston Red Sox pitcher Derek Lowe delivered a crotch chop after his team knocked off the Oakland A's.

- NWA:TNA has plans for a three-hour pay-per-view on Sunday, Nov. 30 to be exact. The association, whose pay-per-views are usually on Wednesdays, is hoping to have Hulk Hogan as its headliner.

- There was a ref swap with Mike Chioda going to RAW and Nick Patrick moving to Smackdown!

- CPW is building momentum toward its huge Nov. 1 show at the Robert Guertin Arena, with another great card last Saturday. In the main event, Ouellet beat Tray Hugh Mongus. Oullet will face Thunder in a strap match at the Nov. 1 show. Check out www.cpw.2ya.com for more details. CPW will hold Countdown, Oct. 17 at 7:30 p.m. at the St-Joseph Rec Centre (122 Berri St.) in Hull. The main event is a Triple Threat tag-team title match between The Drunken Scotsmen, The Black Panthers and a new M.O.B. team to be revealed by manager J.J. Crooke.

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