Nah, Kessler was the most powerful
kessler is a more powerful and experienced version of Cole with nothin to lose. If cole can beat this guy, Kessler will pummel him and punish him everyday 4 makin an enemy
Probably considering how Cole surpassed Kessler vastly even after his powers were broken by the Beast's (John's) first appearance. The Behemoth (Bertrand) although devoid of intelligence during his transformation gave Cole quite a bit of trouble during their first encounter as conduits. Again the above is wrong because Kessler purposefully made it so Cole of the past far surpassed him not only in prowess but also in mental fortitude and determination. In short Kessler made a man out of himself by putting himself (New present) through hell in Empire city. He never cared for the Karmic decisions Cole would make he simply wanted Cole ready and set on the path to defeat the Beast that Kessler ran from.
It has been confirmed that Kessler was strong enough to defeat the Beast , the Beast was stronger than Cole and Cole was stronger than Betrand , so Kessler would defeat Bertand no problem .
What do you think?