At 42 years of age, Peter Joseph Polaco — better known by his kayfabe name, Justin Credible — is retiring from professional wrestling.
An eight-time Hardcore Champion under the WWF-turned-WWE banner, Credible brings about 23 years of experience with him. He made his debut in October 1992, later joining the WWF as a lesser-known entertainer performing as P.J. Walker. He’d later be known as Aldo Montoya, the “Portuguese Man O’War.”
About five years after joining the WWF, Credible joined the ranks at ECW, where he became the ECW World Champion. He’d spend four years with ECW before returning to Vince McMahon’s company. His second stint would only last about four years, as he was released in January 2003 following a loss to Test in an episode of Sunday Night Heat.
He’d go onto the independent circuit for the following 13 years, mixed in with one last stint with WWE before retiring.
“I want to thank everyone from the bottom of my heart for all your support over 23 years,” he wrote on Twitter. “[You] made my dreams come true.”
Credible’s last match came against fellow nomadic wrestler Tommy Dreamer for Pro Wrestling Syndicate in New Jersey. Dreamer had some parting word for his longtime rival.
“We have spilled so much blood, but we tore it up for each and every one of these fans,” Dreamer said while pointing to the crowd in New Jersey. “The only thing ever lacking in [Credible’s] ability, was his self confidence. And tonight, just like every other night, he was worried… But when he comes out through that curtain, Justin Credible gave you every single thing that he had.”