Welcome to PWInsider.com's live coverage of DGUSA Mercury Rising 2013!
Note from Stu: I apologize for the late start to the coverage, I had some issues with the internet connection in the building but we're good now.
Tony Nese vs Soldier Ant
They do some quick mat work to start off, Nese gets a knee to the midsection and starts to unload with the hard hitting offense, but Soldier outmaneuvers Nese and knocks him out to the floor. Nese is not amused, coming right back in and turning Soldier inside out with a hard clothesline. Soldier tries rolling out to the floor to get some space, but Nese wipes him out with a dive and then rolls him back inside and covers for 2. Nese hits a Lionsault for 2, then drills his man with some hard right hands and covers for 2. Nese counters a hiptoss by landing on his feet and then rolling him into a seated octopus hold. Solder lays in some chops and gets a series of lucha armdrags and a flying headscissors. They trade forearms, Soldier tries to get a triangle choke, but Nese just lifts him up with one arm and powerbombs him, then hits a running kick and a 450 splash for the win.
Winner: Tony Nese
Solid opener. Nese gets a microphone and reminds us that he said he was going to build a support staff, and he's got his new Director of Brand Imaging, Mr. A with him. Mr. A chokeslams Fire Ant as he's checking on Soldier and then flattens him with a top rope splash. Obviously Nese wants a truly hands on staff.
Scott Reed vs Caleb Konley
Konley nails Larry Dallas as soon as he gets in the ring, and then he and Reed start pounding the snot out of each other. Konley gets a boot to the midsection and a scissor kick for 2, but Dallas distracts Konley and Reed nails him with a forearm from behind. Konley goes out to the floor and chases Dallas around the ring, but Reed blindsides him again with another hard shot. Reed puts Konley on the ring apron and hammers him with a forearm and then makes a cover for 2. Reed whips Konley hard into the corner, then takes him out with a nice dropkick that gets 2. Reed tries to skee ball Konley out to the floor, but dumps him into the bottom rope and Konley sort of bounces off it and to the floor. Konley allows himself to be distracted by Trina Michaels and Reed gets him with a baseball slide, then brings him back inside and goes for a delayed vertical suplex. Konley slips out and gets an O'Connor roll for 2, then plants Reed with a spinebuster and drills him with a couple of hard forearms. Dallas interjects himself again, but this time Konley keeps his concentration on Reed and dumps him out to the floor, wipes him out with a dive, then picks Reed up and drops him on the barricade. Reed goes back in and Konley catches him with a missile dropkick, a sliding lariat, and a bridging German suplex for 2. Reed blocks a shot and hits a pump handle slam, followed by a powerbomb for 2. Reed sits Konley on the top rope and goes for a superplex, Konley blocks and picks Reed up in a fireman's carry, but Reed slips out and hits a sweet top rope Frankensteiner. Konley is right back up, Reed drills him with a lariat, Konley picks reed up and dumps him onto the top rope with Reed landing on his head, then Konley hits a springboard moonsault for 2. Dallas gets in the ring and Konley nails him and goes for a fireman's carry move, but Reed nails Konley and hits Smashmouth for the win.
Winner: Scott Reed
This was really good, I felt like they really weren't standing out as a team but reminded us how good they are now that they're back to singles and wrestling each other. I'd like to see them face off again.
Sami Callihan & Arik Cannon vs Super Smash Brothers
They go at it as soon as the SSB get in the ring, and a short but furious brawl breaks out before it settles down and the DUFs trap Player Uno on their side of the ring. Callihan slams Uno hard and then goes for a modified abdominal stretch, but Uno escapes and gets a neckbreaker for 2. Uno tries to charge Callihan in the corner, Callihan moves and hits a leaping enziguiri to the back of Uno's head, then tags in Cannon to dish out some punishment of his own. Cannon and Uno trade forearms until Uno shows his agility with a leaping enziguiri, Cannon responds with one of his own, then they trade blows until they both tumble out to the floor. Dos and Callihan come in and briefly stare at each other before hitting dives through the ropes onto one another's partners. They come back in and take turns laying each other out with clotheslines until Callihan hits a Death Valley Driver for 2. Cannon and Uno come back inside and trade more heavy shots, Callihan comes in and briefly gets caught in the SSB corner, but Cannon comes in and now all heck breaks loose as they throw spot after spot at each other. The DUFs hit a double team powerbomb on Uno for 2, then Callihan gets Uno in the stretch muffler as Cannon and Dos fight out on the floor. Dos takes care of Cannon and they go for the Fatality, but Callihan slips out, so Dos hits a top rope splash instead and gets the win.
Winners: Super Smash Brothers
A bit on the short side, but another solid win by the SSB as they have built some serious momentum this weekend.
Chuck Taylor vs Brian Kendrick
Taylor and Kendrick have an extended feeling out process at the start, Taylor tries a back suplex but Kendrick rolls through and lays in a couple of chops and a Frankensteiner before getting Kendrick in a short armscissors. Taylor uses his long body to scoot over to the ropes, but Kendrick slaps the taste out of his mouth and knocks him on his butt. Taylor gets back to his feet and uses his height advantage to get a top wristlock, but Kendrick uses his agility to escape and baseball slides the Swamp Monster, but Orange Cassidy trips Kendrick from the floor and gives Taylor an opening to slip in and get a couple of bodyslams and a kneedrop for 2. He gets Kendrick in a headscissors, but Kendrick makes it to the ropes so Taylor takes him to the corner and unloads with a series of chops. Kendrick fires back a couple of shots and gets thumbed in the eye by Taylor, who then whips Kendrick to the ropes and drills him with a dropkick for 2. Taylor hits Sole Food, but instead of going for the cover he stops to mess with the crowd and gets backdropped out to the floor, then Kendrick takes Taylor and Cassidy out with a dive and puts the Swamp Monster on the homeless veteran guy's wheelchair and wheels them into Taylor. They go back inside and go up top, Kendrick blocks a superplex and hits a tornado DDT for 2, then plants Taylor with a Burning Hammer for 2. Taylor backdrops Kendrick to the apron, boots him in the chest and hits a neckbreaker over the middle rope for 2. Kendrick blocks the half crab, Taylor drills him with a kneelift and a Yakuza kick for 2, then gets Kendrick in the half crab. Kendrick's trapped in the middle of the ring, but reverses to a cradle for 2, he tries another cradle but Taylor counters back into the half crab. Kendrick drags himself to the corner and uses the ropes to climb back to his feet as Taylor makes the break, then he superkicks Taylor in the face and hits Sliced Bread #2. The homeless crippled veteran suddenly pops up on the apron and Kendrick superkicks him, allowing Taylor to come back in and roll Kendrick up for 2, then hit a uranage and a kick to the chest. Taylor goes for Sliced Bread #2, but Kendrick shoves him off, superkicks him, and hits Sliced Bread #2 again for the win.
Winner: Brian Kendrick
Another solid match, as Kendrick picks up another win over the Gentlemen's Club this weekend.
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