Even though the past couple of months saw PCO rise to the top of the contender's list for the ROH World Championship and eventually win it, there was a potential opportunity to go to Japan that never came to fruition.
PCO revealed in an interview that he and Brody King, both members of Villain Enterprises, were actually going to be a part of NJPW's Tag League late last year, but couldn't go as King was injured. PCO tried to look onto the positive side of things despite missing out on such a unique opportunity.
"It was just something that I didn’t expect. Two guys from the same faction, but it was kind of cool for the crowd, they wondered what was going to happen, because two guys from the same team were fighting each other for a chance at the world titles. Then, when I went over Marty (Scurll), I was supposed to go to Japan for a tag league with Brody King for three weeks in December, just before Final Battle. I knew that I was the number-one contender for the world title, but by Brody King getting injured and not going to Japan, I could have been so depressed, because New Japan is good money and everything. Great company," PCO told CBS.
The 2019 edition of the NJPW Tag League FinJuice win the entire tournament, besting teams such as Guerrillas of Destiny and the duo of EVIL & SANADA. FinJuice ended up winning the IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team titles at Wrestle Kingdom 14 this past week.