Peter Polaco

Peter Polaco
Ring name(s) Aldo Montoya
Justin Credible
Justin Time
P.G. Walker
P.J. Polaco
P.J. Walker
Billed height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Billed weight 225 lb (102 kg)[1]
Born October 16, 1973 (1973-10-16) (age 38)
Ozone Park, New York
Resides Waterbury, Connecticut
Billed from Ozone Park, New York
Trained by Stu Hart
Keith Hart
Lance Storm
Debut October 16, 1992

Peter Joseph Polaco (born October 16, 1973) is an American professional wrestler, best known for his appearances with Extreme Championship Wrestling (ECW) and the World Wrestling Federation (WWF) under the ring name Justin Credible. He is also known for his earlier stint with the WWF under the ringname Aldo Montoya.

In WWF/WWE, he was an eight-time WWF/E Hardcore Champion. In ECW, he was a one-time ECW World Heavyweight Champion and a two-time ECW World Tag Team Champion with Lance Storm as the Impact Players.[2]



Polaco traveled to Canada in order to train at the famous Hart Dungeon in Calgary, Alberta with Stu Hart, Keith Hart, and his future tag team partner, Lance Storm. He wrestled his first match on his birthday against Jake Steele. Polaco returned to America soon after his training was complete and began working for New England based wrestling promotions.

World Wrestling Federation (1993–1997)

After having wrestled in the World Wrestling Federation as a jobber under the name P.J. Walker throughout 1993 and 1994 (scoring also a victory against Irwin R. Schyster), he was hired full time by WWF agent Pat Patterson in late 1994. His Portuguese ethnicity inspired the WWF to give him first the character of Aldo Montoya, the "Portuguese Man O' War". Polaco befriended The Kliq, an influential group of upper card wrestlers, after Scott Hall offered to mentor him. He had feuds with Jeff Jarrett and Ted DiBiase, but asked for his release in 1997 when he was only being booked twice a month. The WWF initially declined and sent him to a developmental promotion in Memphis to hone his skills, where he remained for seven weeks. He was then released on the condition that he could not work for World Championship Wrestling, which was then luring wrestlers away from the Federation with the promise of larger salaries.

Extreme Championship Wrestling (1997–2001)

Credible in ECW in 1999

Polaco left the Federation and joined Extreme Championship Wrestling, where he debuted with booker Paul Heyman, who promised to make him a star. Polaco shaved his head and switched to a grunge style of dress, and adopted a cocky, sneering, egomaniacal attitude, renaming himself Justin Credible ("Just Incredible"). Jason Knight became his manager, along with Chastity and Nicole Bass.

He quickly ascended the ranks, eventually forming a tag team, the Impact Players, with his trainer, Lance Storm. The teaming was successful, as the Players won the ECW World Tag Team Championship on January 9, 2000. He then went into solo feuds against The Sandman, Sabu, Shane Douglas, and Tommy Dreamer, before once again winning the tag team titles with Storm on March 3, 2000. Polaco ascended to main event level by winning the ECW World Heavyweight Championship on April 22, 2000 at CyberSlam from Tommy Dreamer and threw down the ECW World Tag Team Championship belts. The team split and Storm left for WCW soon after. He held the title for over five months, defeated Lance Storm at Hardcore Heaven, and defeated Dreamer in a Stairway To Hell match at Heat Wave. He finally lost the title to Jerry Lynn on October 1, 2000. At the final ECW PPV, he formed the New Impact Players with Steve Corino. He wrestled in the last ever ECW match where he was pinned by the Sandman.

Return to the WWF/E (2001–2003)

With ECW facing imminent bankruptcy and Paul Heyman becoming unable to pay the roster, Polaco returned to the WWF in February 2001, immediately forming an alliance with X-Pac and assisting him in his pursuit of the Intercontinental Championship. The duo eventually formed a stable with Albert known as X-Factor. X-Pac and Polaco tried several times to win the Tag Team Championship, but were unsuccessful. The team split when Polaco aligned himself with Paul Heyman's band of ECW insurgents and helped form The Alliance with WCW. Polaco remained on the Company's "B" shows, forming a team with Raven, until Team Alliance lost at Survivor Series; Polaco was fired along with the rest of the Alliance roster (in kayfabe) by Vince McMahon until Ric Flair was able to save his job and get him drafted over to the Raw brand.

On the Raw brand, Credible wrestled mostly on Sunday Night Heat and lost many singles matches he was in, but managed to become an eight-time Hardcore Champion. His last match on Raw was a squash match in which he was defeated by Batista. Polaco was released in January 2003, with his final televised WWE appearance being a loss to Test on the December 8, 2002 episode of Heat.

Total Nonstop Action Wrestling and Ring of Honor (2002–2005)

Credible in 2007

Polaco wrestled for numerous independent promotions. He has appeared several times for Ring of Honor, where he was a member of The Carnage Crew, and for Xtreme Pro Wrestling, where he feuded with Shane Douglas.[3] He also appeared with Total Nonstop Action Wrestling, forming a stable with several other ex-ECW wrestlers and reviving his feud with Jerry Lynn.[3] He was also briefly a member of the Xtreme Horsemen in Major League Wrestling with C.W. Anderson, Steve Corino, and Simon Diamond, who were briefly managed by J.J. Dillon. In June 2005, Polaco made appearances on both the Hardcore Homecoming and ECW One Night Stand ECW reunion shows.

On November 13, 2005, Polaco, wrestling as P.J. Polaco, was announced as the "mystery opponent" for Raven on the TNA pay-per view, Genesis. Polaco lost the match after Raven hit a DDT.[4]

Wrestling Society X (2006)

Polaco at an ECW event in 1998.

Credible signed a contract with the MTV "Wrestling Society X" stating that if MTV decided to turn the "one time special" into a full season, he would complete the season and would be un-able to compete anywhere else for that time period. He was released from his contract on June 5, 2006.

Polaco was in the main event of the first Wrestling Society X Show, the WSX Rumble. He was the first person in the match and the last one eliminated.

Return to WWE (2006)

Polaco was rehired by World Wrestling Entertainment in June 2006. He returned to WWE television at the June 7 WWE vs. ECW Head to Head event as a member of the ECW on Sci Fi brand of WWE, taking part in a 20 man battle royal. He made several appearances on ECW on Sci Fi before being released from his WWE contract on September 28, 2006. During this brief run he won two matches, both by disqualification.[5]

Independent circuit (2007–present)

Polaco returned to the independent circuit in 2007 using the name "Justin Time". He can mostly be found wrestling for the Pro Wrestling Syndicate promotion, along with fellow original ECW wrestlers Sabu, Danny Doring and Julio Dinero, as well as making appearances for the Insane Clown Posse owned Juggalo Championship Wrestling. On March 29, 2009 he became the Big Time Wrestling Champion, defeating "Hurricane" John Walters. Ric Flair was special guest referee. Credible was stripped of the title in August of the same year.

Justin is also the topic of an upcoming documentary The Price of Fame which also includes Ted DiBiase and Sean Waltman. He was inducted into the New England Pro Wrestling Hall of Fame on July 12, 2009.

On September 24th, 2011 Poloaco defated Don Vega to become the Powerhouse Wrestling Champion.

Return to TNA

On August 8, 2010, Polaco returned to TNA to take part in the ECW-themed Pay-Per-View but without his Justin Credible ringname since WWE own the rights to the name and he just gone by P.J Polaco, Hardcore Justice, where he was defeated by Stevie Richards. Afterwards, he was assaulted by former rival The Sandman with a Singapore cane.[6]

Polaco declined to appear on WWE's Old school RAW on November 15, 2010, where he would have portrayed his Aldo Montoya character[citation needed].

Personal life

Polaco and his wife Jill Marie Polaco neé Jurecki were married on 4 June 1997. They have a son Nicholas (born April 2000).[7]

In wrestling

  • Theme music
    • "Man O War" by Jim Johnston (WWF; as Aldo Montoya)
    • "Snap Your Fingers, Snap Your Neck" by Prong and then later Grinspoon (ECW)
    • "Surfette's Debut" from the Extreme Music library (WWF; as Justin Credible)
    • "Whatchu Looking At?" by Uncle Kracker (WWF; while part of X-Factor)
    • "Snap This!" by Dale Oliver (TNA)

Championships and accomplishments

Polaco as Big Time Wrestling Heavyweight Champion.
  • Big Time Wrestling (Northeast)
    • BTW Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
  • Impact Championship Wrestling
    • ICW Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
  • New England Wrestling Association
    • NEWA Tag Team Championship (1 time) - with Garfield Quinn[10]
  • Premier Wrestling Federation
    • PWF Universal Heavyweight Championship (2 times)
  • Renegade Wrestling Federation
    • RWF Heavyweight Championship (1 time)[10]
  • Texas Wrestling Academy
    • TWA Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
  • Top Rope Promotions
    • TRP Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
  • No Show Champion X 2

Powerhouse Wrestling PHW Heavyweight Champion (1 time)


  1. ^ Shields, Brian; Sullivan, Kevin (March 2009). WWE Encyclopedia. Dorling Kindersley. ISBN 978-0-7566-4190-0. 
  2. ^ a b c Richard Lopez. "Justin Credible's Title History". Blogspot. Retrieved 2009-10-07. 
  3. ^ a b Power Slam Magazine staff (August 2003). "Life after WWE". Power Slam Magazine (Lancaster, Lancashire, England: SW Publishing LTD): pp. 32–35. 109. 
  4. ^ LaCroix, Corey-David (2005-11-14). "Genesis turns Christian and much more". SLAM! Sports. Retrieved 2009-04-07. 
  5. ^ Released! Pro Wrestling Arena Talks with Justin Credible on Being Released by the Big Feds
  6. ^ Caldwell, James (2010-08-08). "Caldwell's TNA Hardcore Justice PPV results 8/8: Ongoing "virtual time" coverage of ECW-themed PPV headlined by RVD vs. Sabu". Pro Wrestling Torch. Retrieved 2010-08-08. 
  7. ^ "I have a wife and a kid. That's the bottom line. If I was a kid, it would be different. I could stay (in ECW). It was hard to hold out but I am at the point where I need the money. I can't wrestle any more," Polaco stated.
  8. ^ "Slash attacks Sharkboy; Slash vs Justin Credible". Total Nonstop Action Wrestling. TNA. 2003-04-23.
  9. ^ a b "Impact Players profile". Online World of Wrestling. Retrieved 2009-12-05. 
  10. ^ a b Royal Duncan & Gary Will (4th Edition 2000). Wrestling Title Histories. Archeus Communications. ISBN 0-9698161-5-4. 
  11. ^ "Pro Wrestling Illustrated Top 500 - 2000". Wrestling Information Archive. Retrieved 2011-04-05. 

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