WWE.com has an article up on WWE Alumni and NXT trainer Joey Mercury, it includes some comments from all three members of The Shield regarding their time training with him, you can view those below!
Once he got his head on straight, Mercury began traveling the independents again, where he began making a huge impression on a generation of future Superstars.
“Wrestling Joey for the first time was mind-blowing,” Seth Rollins said of a 2007 battle with Mercury. “I had never been in the ring with someone who looked at what we did so closely and so analytically. I was like, ‘I’ve got to step my game up if that’s what a WWE Superstar is thinking and doing.’”
Eventually, though, Mercury needed to leave the wrestling business to focus on taking care of himself. After a year and a half away from the squared circle, a conversation with CM Punk led to Mercury’s return to the ring.
“I just started getting the itch again, I guess,” Mercury said. “I wasn’t even 30 yet, and I was in the best shape of my life and wiser than I used to be.”
Mercury rejoined WWE under a mask as part of Punk’s Straight Edge Society in spring 2010, before having the hood forcibly removed by Big Show. After tearing his pectoral muscle at SummerSlam that year, Mercury headed down to Florida Championship Wrestling — WWE’s developmental territory prior to NXT — to finish up his rehab. The staff down there, including Steve Keirn, Norman Smiley and Dusty Rhodes, ended up preparing him for a completely different role.
“They told me, ‘If you see anything you can help the guys with, have any suggestions, feedback or anything, be our guest. You’re a road agent in training down here,’” he said.
What started out as a rehab stint turned into a permanent position as a coach at FCW, where Mercury began working with many of the Superstars the WWE Universe now goes crazy for every week. Anyone who has come through FCW and NXT has a tremendous amount of respect for Mercury and the knowledge he brings.
“Joey can make a bad match good, a good match great and a great match classic,” Ambrose said. “You would come to the back and think you had an awesome match, and he would be like, ‘Well, that was OK, you worked hard, but let me tell you how it could have been better.’”
Mercury formed a close bond with the three members of The Shield in NXT, which continued as The Hounds of Justice joined the main roster and Mercury became a producer on the road.
“He’s like a fourth member,” Roman Reigns said. “Any time Joey’s around, it could be a five-star match, but he’ll nitpick us. That’s what makes us better. He keeps us honest.”
“He’s definitely a hero to us,” Ambrose added. “At this point, if he tells me a way to do something, I do it that way first, because he’s right 99 percent of the time.”
After all that Mercury has been through, it’s easy to forget that he’s not even 35 yet. His combination of youth and experience makes him a valuable asset to WWE.
“He brings an old man’s wisdom and a young man’s vibrance,” Heyman said.
Though many grapplers his age are still battling in the trenches, those closest to Mercury don’t think he’s itching to get back in the ring any time soon.
“I think he’s found peace,” Rollins said. “He once told me that he’s never had a feeling in the ring by himself that compares to the feeling he gets [working with Superstars].”
Joey Mercury echoes Rollins’ sentiment. “I look at them like they’re my babies,” he said. “I have a lot of children out there. To see them grow up and make it to what they’ve been working for and tear the house down, that’s really rewarding.”
Due to the fact I’ve been off on the UK tour myself, the results are a little delayed. I’m also exhausted from travel so I’m afraid its a WWE.com review. Back to normal next week!
Nothing like a good loophole to even the odds: With only official personnel allowed at ringside for Seth Rollins’ rematch with Batista, Triple H exploited a technicality by installing himself and Randy Orton as special guest ring announcer and timekeeper for the contest … and Rollins countered by naming Dean Ambrose and Roman Reigns as special guest commentators.
A brutish trip into the steel steps grounded Rollins for a long stretch and Batista capitalized, unleashing an elbow that sent the former WWE Tag Team Champion into a full flip. “The Aerialist” quickly took flight after being muscled into his enemies’ corner, forcing Evolution to interfere and kick off an all-out melee between the two factions that ended in a DQ win for Rollins when The Game clobbered him with a forearm. With the match over, The Shield was free to pounce on their foes, though Evolution was able to save face by rescuing Batista from a Triple Powerbomb.
RAW started out with The Shield addressing the crowd, Ambrose in a foul temper as he declares last week we saw something you won’t see very often. They got their butts kicked, but thats okay. They get beaten but they don’t stay down and their track record shows they spend far more time as the predators than the prey. He demands Evolution come out. Rollins takes over and says they are not running ‘from’ Evolution but running ‘to’ Evolution. Demanding a rematch and promising they’ll run straight through them all over again. Reigns is seething and takes the mic, addressing Evolution and telling them they ambushed him with everything they had – is that all they’ve got? Reigns tells them they have a serious problem if thats it, they’re going to teach them to believe in Payback.
As the trio talk among themselves, Evolution arrive on the titantron, emerging from one of their limos. The Shield don’t wait and with Ambrose leading the charge they bolt out of the ring and go on the hunt. Viciously attacking Triple H, Batista and Orton backstage, it takes a horde of officials to separate them, dragging The Shield away from their victims kicking and screaming.
Later on in the night Evolution address The Shield. Calling them a bunch of kids and saying they’re going to humble Ambrose, pulls the wings off of Rollins and make an example of Roman Reigns. Accepting the rematch at Payback, Triple H is telling them Reigns is not going to make it out of Payback, when The Shield attack again! Ambrose, Rollins and Reigns emerging from under the ring and assaulting their enemies. Evolution escape by the skin of their teeth. Batista however is infuriated and says he’s had enough, challenging Reigns to a one on one match for the Main Event.
Main Event time rolls around and Reigns is there, Ambrose and Rollins at ringside as the match unfolds. Of course, it doesn’t remain a fair fight for long as Triple H and Orton interject themselves. Ambrose and Rollins attack, the match ending in a no contest as things break down and all three brawl. As the fight goes on, Stephanie McMahon emerges and orders half of the locker room down to the ring to attack. Ambrose and Rollins are thrown from the ring and Reigns is restrained, Triple H gearing up to strike him with a chair. But Reigns breaks free and spears Triple H – Ambrose and Rollins rush the ring armed with chairs and clean house. Evolution once again escaping, The Shield make examples of the men sent out to beat them and are left standing tall. What else do you have, Evolution?
Dean got a one on one chance to win back his United States Championship on Smackdown, however we get the feeling this particular rematch was rushed through by a certain ‘higher power’ to take advantage of the fact he and the rest of The Shield are less than 100%. After suffering a vicious beatdown at the end of RAW, each member of the trio were sporting their war wounds on Smackdown, Dean with taped ribs, a hurting shoulder and band aid under his eye. He had the odds stacked against him once again from the outset. However in true Ambrose style he didn’t back down, taking the punishment Sheamus had to give and dishing it back in kind. A valiant effort that saw action spill to the outside and Ambrose temporarily have Sheamus on the run. However, the extra punishment took it’s toll on Dean’s already beaten up body and after one Brogue Kick knocked him clean out of the ring, he somehow managed to struggle back inside – beating the 10 count by a breath.
Sheamus was mystified as to how Ambrose even made it, watching him as he struggled back to his feet. A second Brogue Kick put Dean down for the three count. The title now well out of reach, as per Evolutions plans. Dean’s clearly disappointed, but for now he and his brothers have far bigger fish to fry than gold.
Noted Ring Names: Dean Ambrose, Jon Moxley From: Cincinnati, Ohio Date of Birth: December 7, 1985 Working For: WWE Debut: Survivor Series 2012 WWE Titles Held: United States Championship Mini Biography: Dean Ambrose started his career back in 2004 under the name of Jon Moxley. Earning high praise from independent companies around the world, he became a household name for the hardcore, holding championship gold in companies such as Combat Zone Wrestling. With his name capturing the attention of wrestling fans across the globe, Jon soon earned a developmental contract with the WWE. He then took on the name of Dean Ambrose and began the process of cementing his name in stone. Feuding with William Regal and Seth Rollins most notably on NXT, Ambrose went on to make his much anticipated main roster debut at Survivor Series 2012, coming in alongside Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns to make a massive impact in the main event, aiding CM Punk in retaining his WWE Championship. The Shield have torn an unstoppable path through the WWE and at Extreme Rules 2013, Dean laid claim to his first taste of WWE gold, capturing the United States Championship. Described by WWE as "Fearless, wild and always unpredictable" as well as a "world class competitor and infamous troublemaker" - Dean Ambrose is the rising star to watch! Full Biography:Click Here! Full Statistics:Click Here!
Show: Smackdown July 4th, 2014 Match: Dean Ambrose def. Randy Orton (DQ) Summary: With Mr. Money in the Bank Seth Rollins joining the SmackDown announce team and Roman Reigns banned from ringside, Dean Ambrose went to battle against Randy Orton in SmackDown’s main event. Despite the fact that Ambrose couldn’t stop himself from attacking Rollins once again, he still seemed to be in firm control in the match’s final moments. However, as he lunged through the ropes at The Viper, Rollins recovered enough to nail Ambrose in midair with the Money in the Bank briefcase, bringing the disqualification. With the official match over, Rollins and Orton initiated another 2-on-1 assault on Ambrose. But, as Rollins prepared an aerial assault from the top rope, the powerhouse Reigns emerged to send him crashing to the canvas and unleashed a major onslaught that included an earth-shattering Superman Punch on the Apex Predator. Full Review: Click Here! Digitals:Click Here! Screencaptures:Click Here!
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