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Ouellette vs. Grenier match personal
By JASON CLEVETT - SLAM! Wrestling


Pierre Carl Ouellette and Sylvain Grenier face off June 20th at the Wrestling Supershow.

Saturday night in Hawkesbury, Ontario, halfway between Ottawa and Montreal, will be the battle of not only former WWE superstars, but two French Canadian wrestlers who have done French commentary for TNA on RDS in Quebec. The match between Sylvain Grenier and Pierre Carl Ouellette has taken a personal turn.

“I gave him the job. I wanted to leave on good terms with RDS because I was booked in England and it was something I had to do, but I was only able to give them three days notice. So I suggested Grenier, even though he would not be on my level. He was a four time WWE tag team champion so I thought he could bring credibility to the show as a wrestler who made it to the big time instead of someone who knows nothing about wrestling,” Ouellette said when reached by phone to discuss the match.

“Not on his level? Since I took his place the ratings went up 25 percent. It’s not my fault I am good,” retorted Grenier.

“I think it is a total different dynamic on RDS than what (RDS commentator) Marc Blondin and I had. I don’t think anyone can fill my shoes or do the same performance I was doing, but that doesn’t mean he could be good himself,” continued Ouellette. “He is more himself, at the beginning he was trying to be like me, and it didn’t work. He has a huge ego and a big attitude.”

Grenier and Blondin, who will referee the match, have posted a number of interviews on YouTube about PCO. What began as a simple match has become personal for both sides.

“Of course it is personal. He thinks that he is better than me and thinks that because he's on TV every week now that makes him better,” Ouellette said. “I have been wrestling all over the world and keeping pretty busy working every night while he is doing voiceovers and not training very much. I don’t think his conditioning will be very good.”

“There is not much personal besides he thinks he is the man in Quebec and everybody knows its me. We have to do it in Ontario so that is kind of weird, but I am going to show him who the man in town is,” said Grenier.

Even Blondin has issues with Ouellette, stemming from a match last year.

“I have never been a referee. Last year I produced a show and we had two teams, PCO’s and mine, which had Rhino. The referee was knocked out, I made the count so that Rhino beat him. But I have never officially been a referee. It is going to be tough in Hawkesbury because I worked with Carl for years and now I do work with Sylvain, but I feel good to have the control on those two guys. My brain should handle their big arms,” Blondin said. “They are good in the ring, but on camera with the microphone I am the best. And they should not be on TV with me, but because they wrestled, they have to know their place.”

On a show that also features Sid Vicious, Jim Neidhart, and a steel cage match between Abdullah The Butcher and Hannibal, Ouellette and Grenier’s match will be one to watch. In a rare showing of grace, Grenier did say a few things positive about his opponent -- for a moment at least.

“PCO is a great wrestler, for a guy his size he is very athletic and has a lot of strength. But the thing is his time has passed," said Grenier. "He needs to be on the sidelines now and let the new people step up. He is 40 years old. Does he think he is going to wrestle until he is 55 like Ric Flair? He had his run, it was good, but it is time for him to move on. He can’t understand that by himself. It will be my pleasure to help him understand. The result is going to speak for itself.”

When told of Grenier’s words, Ouellette promised he was going to show Grenier a few things, and use him as a stepping-stone for a return to the WWE.

“I am going to teach him the difference between being on TV and talking every week and traveling around the world working every night and busting my balls," Ouelette said. "I am going to earn the chance to go back to New York instead of sitting here in Montreal on my ass. I am going to teach him that hard work and dedication pays off.”

Wrestling Supershow featuring Sid Vicious, Abdullah The Butcher, Hannibal, Jim “The Anvil” Neidhart, Pierre Carl Ouelette and Sylvain Grenier is in Pembroke, Ontario on Friday, June 20th and in Hawkesbury, Ontario on Saturday June 21st.

RELATED LINKS

  • More on Pierre Carl Ouelette
  • More on Sylvain Grenier
  • Sylvain Grenier’ website
  • Wrestling Supershow

    --With files from Steven Johnson


    Jason Clevett has a bad habit of picking up people’s accents when he speaks to them, and had to fight to keep from stepping into a French accent during these interviews.