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WWN MERCURY RISING 2017 REPORT: THE FIRST WWN CHAMPION IS CROWNED, PROGRESS VERSUS EVOLVE SERIES, SHINE CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH, AND IS THERE A NEW SHERIFF IN EVOLVE?

By Richard Trionfo on 2017-04-01 23:06:00

Welcome to PWInsder.com’s coverage of Mercury Rising 2017 from the Orlando Live Event Center in Orlando, Florida as part of WWN’s More Than Mania.

Lenny Leonard is in the ring and he welcomes everyone to Mercury Rising.  He mentions that the Progress and Evolve titles will be defended on this show.  The main event will feature the crowning of a new WWN Champion.

One of the men in the match, Drew Galloway, makes his way to the ring.  Lenny decides to leave the ring before anything happens to him.  

He says he read a quote in the Rock's book.  To succeed all you need is all you have got. That is what he brought to Evolve.  He did not know what a Ricochet or a Timothy Thatcher was.  The company needed a face and that is what Drew Galloway was.  He woke up today with an epiphany.  Does Evolve want to save itself?  Drew says he needs to save WWN from itself.  He needs to become the champion.  Anyone else can win, but it will mean nothing.  He needs to win to take it to the next level.  Too many men have stabbed him in the back.  If anyone in that match tries to take the title, he will do to them what he will do to Matt Riddle.  He will break his f***ing neck.

Matt Riddle comes out and he takes Galloway down.  Riddle with punches and Drew goes to the floor.  Drew piledrives Riddle.  

The members of Catch Point come to the ring and Drew goes to the floor. 

Drew says he lives here and he does not care if you like him.  He has built multiple companies on his back.  Drew says he built this place.  

Drew tells Keith Lee that no one invited him.   Drew says this has nothing to do with him because he is the new guy.  Just because you have had a hell of a weekend, it does not mean that you interrupt Drew . . . 

Drew says he sees a future for Keith Lee in this company but he has to see it through his eyes.  Drew says Keith has to stand by his side.  Will you stand with him?

Drew holds his arms open and Keith gives him a thumb down.  Drew with a kick and he says something to Keith but Keith hits a pop up power bomb and a jackhammer.  Lee goes up top and hits a moonsault.

Officials come to check on Galloway after the assault by Lee.

Keith takes the mic and he says he will straighten things up so everyone can understand.  He says WWN is now his company.  He says the entire wrestling world belongs to the Limitless Keith Lee.  Now Evolve is his home.  So he had to dethrone the supposed king and claim this kingdom for his own.  Keith says that was sufficiently done.  Let him continue on his crusade of being limitless and you can all bask in his glory.  Send out the rest of these opponents.

Stokely Hathaway says Timothy Thatcher will not wrestle in the opening match.  Stokely says the Night of Appreciation for Thatcher has been cancelled.  He says he has negotiated a rematch for Timothy Thatcher for the Evolve Title.  Thatcher has been added to the main event.

Darby Allin comes to the ring and he says that he has not been cleared to wrestle but that won't stop him.  He says he is taking Timothy Thatcher's spot in the match.  Ethan Page and the Gatekeepers attack Allin.

Match Number One:  Four Way Freestyle:  Keith Lee versus Jason Kincaid versus Austin Theory versus Gatekeeper

The Gatekeeper takes care of Austin and sends him to the floor.  Austin Irish whips Gatekeeper into the guardrails.  Austin punches Lee but Lee pushes him away.  Austin with more punches as Kincaid watches from the turnbuckles.  Kincaid finally joins in and punches Austin but Lee with a back body drop to both men.  Austin sends Lee to the apron but Lee punches Austin and Lee with a splash.  Lee catches the Gatekeeper but he hits a rana.  Gatekeeper chops Lee and then he kicks Lee while Theory hits a super kick.  Both of them slam Lee.  Gatekeeper chops Austin and Irish whips him and follows with a splash.  

Theory with a bicycle kick.  Theory with a suicide dive onto Gatekeeper and then to Lee.  He hits another suicide dive onto Gatekeeper.  Lee catches Austin on another suicide dive attempt and he sends Austin into the ring post.  Gatekeeper with a Black Hole Slam for a near fall.  Lee with punches to Gatekeeper and then he misses a splash on Austin, but he does not miss a second time.  Lee chops Theory.  Lee misses a splash when Austin moves and Austin with a clothesline.  Austin goes for a rolling DDT but Lee blocks it and hits a choke slam. 

Gatekeeper chops Lee and Lee with a punch.  They go back and forth with forearms.  They go back to chops and Gatekeeper with a forearm.  Lee with a power bomb and Jackhammer for the three count.

Winner:  Keith Lee

After the match, Keith takes the mic and he wants to reiterate and he says that WWN is a Limitless Company.  This is his kingdom and he wants to be the first to welcome Kyle O'Reilly.  He gives Kyle the opportunity to bask in his glory.

LuFisto talks about making a scene.  She has blood fall on her to make people notice her.  Now you don't show up.  You have decided to stay at home.  You are a disgrace as a professional wrestler.  LuFisto says this means she is the greatest Shine Champion of all time.  No one can beat her.  

Toni storm comes to the ring and she has to be held back.  

Toni with a suicide dive onto LuFisto.  Toni chops LuFisto but LuFisto fights back.

Match Number Two:  SHINE Championship Match:  LuFisto versus Toni Storm

They continue to battle on the floor but LuFisto Irish whips her into the ring post.  They return to the ring and LuFisto with a forearm.  LuFisto with chops.  Storm with a forearm and she pushes LuFisto away.  Storm chops LuFisto.  LuFisto with a slam.  Storm with a running hip strike in the corner.  LuFisto with a running knee to Storm in the corner for a near fall.  Storm with a  German suplex and a running boot for a near fall.  LuFisto with a Death Valley Driver for a near fall.

Storm goes up top and LuFisto wtih a forearm to the back followed by a Burning Hammer for the three count.

Winner:  LuFisto

Trevin Adams and Jim Smallman come to the ring.

Trevin says as they start the Progress versus Evolve series, they wanted to welcome Progress to the United States and to thank them for working with Evolve.  

Jim takes the mic and he thanks Trevin and WWN for giving them a second home.  He says they have been around five years and they had a crazy show yesterday.  

Seeing as they have wrestlers from Progress against Evolve, he wants everyone to know their one rule.  They want everyone to enjoy the show and if you want to be a Progress fan, Don't be a Dick.

Match Number Three:  EVOLVE vs. PROGRESS Match 1:  Ethan Page (with The Gatekeepers) versus Jimmy Havoc

Page and Havoc exchange words before doing anything.  Page misses a clothesline and The Gatekeeper grabs Jimmy's leg but Havoc avoids Page and they go to the floor.  Havoc with forearms to the back.  Havoc tries to throw Page into the crowd but Page reverses things.  Page punches Havoc and then he hits Havoc with a purse.  Havoc with a thumb to the eyes.  Havoc punches Page and then he sets for a chop and pokes Page in the eye.

They fight into the general admission area and Page sends Havoc onto one of the merchandise tables.  Page catapults Havoc into the bottom of the table.  Havoc sends Page into a table. Page throws Havoc onto a table by the entrance.  Havoc sends Page into the guardrail.  Havoc has a bicycle kick blocked and Page with a super kick.  Havoc kicks Page from the apron.  Havoc puts Page on the apron and he goes back into the ring.  Page with a slingshot cutter for a near fall.  Havoc kicks Page and goes to the turnbuckles but Page with a punch.  Havoc puts Page in the turnbuckles and hits a drop kick for a near fall.

Havoc with a running boot into the corner.  Havoc with a splash that misses.  Page with a thrust kick for a near fall.  Havoc with a forearm.  Page with a forearm and they go back and forth.  Havoc knocks the Gatekeeper off the apron and Page with a forearm.  Page with a round kick but Havoc with a Pele Kick.  Page goes for a uranage but Havoc with a victory roll for a near fall.  Havoc with a missile drop kick and he gets a near fall.  Havoc drops Page and The Gatekeeper tries to interfere.  Page with a uranage for the three count.

Winner:  Ethan Page

Page gets on the mic and he says if you have followed him this weekend, if you do not do what he wants, he will bring chaos to this company.  Since he is not in the WWN Title match, he will end the Progress and Evolve arrangement.  He says Evolve is his company.  Darby Allin comes out and attacks Page and The Gatekeeper.  Havoc with a short arm clothesline to Page.

Match Number Four:  PROGRESS vs. EVOLVE Match 2:  Travis Banks and TK Cooper (with Dahlia Black) versus Chris Dickinson and Jaka

Cooper and Jaka start things off and Jaka misses a kick.  Jaka with a waist lock but Cooper with a forearm.  Cooper lands on his feet on a belly-to-back attempt and then they avoid kicks.  Dickinson and Banks tag in.  They lock up and Banks with a single leg take down.  Banks with a side head lock and a cartwheel.  Banks trips Dickinson.  Banks with a rollup for a near fall.  Dickinson with a rollup for a near fall.  Cooper wants to get into the mat to face Dickinson and Cooper makes the tag.  Cooper pie faces Dickinson.  Dickinson with a forearm and clotheslines.  Dickinson kicks Cooper and chops him. 

Jaka tags in and punches Cooper and follows with a snap mare and he gets a near fall.  Jaka with a front face lock and a double sledge to the back.  Jaka gets a near fall.  Dickinson tags in and he chops Cooper.  The referee keeps Banks from getting involved.  Dickinson with a Liontamer and he kicks Cooper in the head.  He turns it into a Boston Crab.  Cooper gets to the ropes.  Jaka tags back in.  Jaka is warned by the referee and he connects with forearms.  Jaka with a suplex and he gets a near fall.  Jaka goes after Banks on the apron.  Dickinson tags in and he chops Cooper and snap mares him.  Dickinson with a Lotus Lock.  Jaka tags in and hits a drop kick for a near fall.

Jaka chops Cooper and he Irish whips Cooper but Cooper with a boot and he goes to the turnbuckles and Jaka blocks him and gets a near fall.  Dickinson tags in and they Irish whip Cooper and Cooper side steps Jaka and he gives Dickinson an elbow.  Cooper with boots to Dickinson.  Banks tags in and he kicks Jaka and Dickinson.  Banks with a punch to Dickinson.  Banks with running elbows to both men and then he trips Jaka into Dickinson and he hits a running back senton.  Banks with a suplex to Dickinson for a near fall.  Banks goes to the apron and Dickinson kicks Banks to the floor.  Jaka with a suicide dive and Dickinson with a side slam onto the apron.

Banks with a suicide dive.  Cooper goes up top hits a moonsault onto everyone.  Banks gets back into the ring and he blocks a kick from Dickinson.  Cooper with an axe kick but Jaka with a kick to Cooper.  Banks with a flying kick to Jaka.  Jaka and Dikinson with German suplexes followed by clotheslines.  Banks chops Jaka and Dickinson.  Jaka with a drop kick and a super kick to Banks while Dickinson holds him and Dickinson with a German suplex for a near fall.  Dickinson with a power bomb and Jaka with a frog splash but Banks kicks out at two.

Dickinson gets Banks on his shoulders and Jaka with a double stomp to Banks.  Banks gets a near fall.  Dickinson sends Cooper into Banks.  Banks with a round kick to Dickinson.  Jaka misses a kick and Banks with a rollup and super kick.  Cooper with a super kick.  Cooper and Banks with a double super kick to Jaka.  Dickinson with a double belly-to-back suplex.  Banks with a Michinoku Driver.  Banks gets a one count.  Banks and Cooper with an assisted brainbuster for the three count.

Winners:  TK Cooper and Travis Banks

It is announced that Drew Galloway is no longer in the WWN Championship Match.

Match Number Five:  PROGRESS vs. EVOLVE Match 3 - PROGRESS World Title Match:  Pete Dunne versus ACH

ACH with a wrist lock. Dunne works on the leg but ACH with a drop toe hold.  ACH with a front face lock.  ACH with a front face lock.  Dunne does some digital manipulation and he gets a near fall.  Dunne with a wrist lock but ACH with a reversal.  Dunne with a monkey flip.  Dunne with a take down and ACH with a head scissors.  Dunne escapes.  ACH with a side head lock and Dunne with a head scissors.  ACH escapes.  Dunne with a forearm.  Dunne goes to the floor.  Dunne punches ACH from the apron but ACH drops Dunne on the top rope and hits a springboard drop kick.  ACH goes for the running kick and Dunne blocks it and sends ACH face first onto the apron.  ACH with a drop kick and a near fall.

ACH with a series of kicks and he gets a near fall.  ACH with a take down and a step over toe hold.  ACH with a chop.  Dunne with a Pedigree and ACH kicks out.  Dunne sets the arm on the mat and kicks the arm.  Dunne sets for a surfboard and pulls him back and then he works on the arm.  ACH goes to the floor and the referee counts.  ACH gets back into the ring.  Dunne kicks ACH and then he chokes and kicks ACH.

Dunne with punches.  ACH with chops.  ACH with chops and Dunne with chops. ACH with a rana and he goes to the apron and hits the running kick on the apron.  ACH leaps over Dunne and he hits a swinging neck breaker.  ACH with punches as Dunne lets him do it.  Dunne with a running boot to ACH.  ACH with an ushigoroshi for a near fall.  ACH goes up top and Dunne stops him with a kick.  Dunne sets for a Pepsi Plunge.  ACH blocks it and goes for a sunset flip power bomb but Dunne lands on his feet.  Dunne with a head butt.  ACH with a kick.  Dunne with a clothesline.  Dunne gets a near fall.  Dunne returns to the fingers.  ACH bites the finger but Dunne with a strike.  ACH with a slingshot cutter followed by an Air Raid Crash. 

Dunne with a forearm as ACH comes off the turnbuckles.  Dunne with a pump handle flatline for a near fall.  ACH gets a near fall.  Dunne with a snap German suplex but ACH pops up.  Dunne hits behind the referee and he kicks Dunne low but ACH with a brainbuster for a near fall.  ACH goes up top  but misses the 450 splash.  Dunne with the Regal Stretch and ACH taps out.

Winner:  Pete Dunne

Match Number Six:  EVOLVE vs. PROGRESS Match 4 - EVOLVE Title Match:  Zack Sabre Jr. versus Mark Haskins

Haskins with a wrist lock but Sabre backs Haskins into the corner and he breaks clean.  Sabre with a front face lock.  Sabre works on the wrist and Haskins takes Sabre down with a wrist lock.  Sabre with a head scissors.  Haskins gets a near fall.  Haskins with a head lock.  Sabre with a wrist lock.  Sabre with a head scissors but Haskins escapes and applies a head lock.  Sabre goes for a sunset flip but Haskins kicks him.  Haskins with an arm bar.  They go for a Greco Roman Knuckle Lock.  Haskins with a chin lock.  Sabre with a rollup.  Sabre with a rollup and bridge for a near fall. Haskins kicks Sabre.

Sabre with a hammer lock.  Haskins kicks Sabre in the leg and then he drops a knee on the leg.  Haskins works on the leg.  Haskins with a Dragon Screw Leg whip.  Sabre with a rollup for a near fall.  Haskins with an atomic drop to the leg and Sabre with a round kick.  Haskins with a kick and a Fujiwara arm bar.  Haskins with a cross arm breaker.  Sabre with a full nelson.  Sabre with punches but Haskins with a short arm clothesline.

Haskins with a forearm and Sabre with a European uppercut.  Sabre with a European uppercut.  Haskins and Sabre with forearms and Haskins with a kick to change things up.  Haskins with a power slam for a near fall.  Haskins with a kick.  Haskins with a Death Valley Driver for a near fall.  Haskins with a La Mistica and a Fujiwara arm bar.  Sabre with an octopus.  Sabre with a rollup for a near fall.  Haskins with a pump handle slam for a near fall.  

Sabre with a running back elbow.  Sabre with a clothesline.  Sabre misses a running kick and Haskins floats over and he goes for the Sharpshooter.  Sabre with a sleeper into a cross arm breaker.  Sabre sets for the arm bar submission.  Sabre forces Haskins to tap.

Winner:  Zack Sabre Junior

After the match, Zack says this is his last match over the weekend.  He says he has been able to do a lot in his career.  He says that Mark is a good friend of his.  Zack says he is proud to be able to defend the Evolve title against a friend.  He says the world is in a mess at the moment but the pro wrestling world is at the best it has been.  He says we are at a time when Progress and Evolve can work together.

The WWN Championship Belt is brought to the ring.

Match Number Seven:   WWN Championship Match:  Battle Of Champions Elimination Match: Timothy Thatcher (with Stokely Hathaway) versus Fred Yehi versus Jon Davis versus Matt Riddle versus Parrow (with Drennan) versus Tracy Williams

They pair off to start the match.  Riddle and Parrow.  Davis and Yehi pair off.  Thatcher and Williams exchange punches.  Riddle with strikes to Parrow.  Parrow goes to the floor.  Thatcher with European uppercuts to Williams.  Everyone goes to the floor to brawl.  Yehi and Williams and Riddle go into the ring for a Catch Point meeting.  Thatcher, Davis, and Parrow stand together on the floor.  

We have a standoff but Thatcher stays on the floor to watch.  Davis with a forearm to Riddle while Parrow hits a Samoan drop on Yehi and Williams.  Parrow with a piledriver on Riddle.  Parrow clotheslines Davis.  Thatcher with a sleeper.  Yehi with a drop kick that backs them into the corner.  Everyone goes after Parrow while Thatcher has him in the sleeper.  Parrow goes down to the mat.  Parrow tries to get back to his feet and he does but the referee feels that he cannot continue.

Parrow Eliminated

Williams and Thatcher with forearms.  Davis with a pounce to Williams and he goes to the floor.  Thatcher works over Yehi but Riddle with a waist loc.  Thatcher with a German suplex.  Davis chops Williams on the floor but he misses and hits the post.  Yehi stomps on Thatcher's hand while Williams sends Davis into the ring post.  Yehi with forearms to Thatcher in the corner.  Yehi with a jaw breaker to Thatcher and he gets a near fall.  Yehi with an elbow and chops to Davis.  Williams punches Davis as Yehi continues with more chops.  Davis chops Williams.  Yehi tries to stomp on Davis' foot but he avoids it.  Yehi with a back fist but Davis sends Yehi into the air and to the mat.  Davis with a spinebuster for a near fall.  Thatcher with a sleeper to Williams and then he does it to Yehi.  Riddle does not feel left out and he gets a sleeper.  Riddle with a jumping tombstone followed by a brainbuster from Williams and a cross face.  Thatcher taps out.

Timothy Thatcher eliminated

Catch Point waits for Jon Davis to get back into the ring.  Davis fights off Riddle and Williams.  Yehi gets on Davis' back and Davis catches Williams but Riddle pulls them off and he kicks Davis in the chest.  Davis with an Irish whip to Riddle.  Davis gets Yehi on his shoulders and then he gets Riddle on.  Williams gets them off the shoulders.  Davis power bombs Yehi onto Williams' back.  Davis gets a near fall on Williams.  Davis blocks Bro To Sleep and he hits Three Seconds Around the World but can only get a near fall.  

Davis chops Williams.  Williams with a clothesline to Davis and Yehi and Williams send Davis to Riddle for Bro To Sleep.  Yehi with a German suplex and Williams with a running forearm for a near fall.  Williams with a Crossface while Riddle works on the legs and Yehi goes for the Koji Clutch to finish off Davis.

Jon Davis Eliminated

We are down to the three members of Catch Point.  Riddle with chops and kicks.  Yehi stomps on the foot and Williams with a kick.  Williams kicks Riddle and Yehi stomps on the feet.  Yehi gets a naer fall on Riddle.  Yehi and Williams with chops.  Riddle with a kick to Williams but Yehi with a German suplex and Riddle lands on his feet.  Williams wtih a bicycle kick to stop Bro To Sleep.  Williams with an Olympic Slam to Riddle and Yehi with a German Suplex.  Williams with another Olympic Slam.  Williams talks to Yehi about finishing off Riddle but Williams screws over his partner and rolls up Yehi.

Fred Yehi Eliminated

Williams with a hesitation drop kick to Riddle in the corner.  Williams tries to pick up Riddle but Riddle with punches.  Williams with a snap mare and punches followed by a knee drop for a near fall.  Williams with a forearm and Riddle fires back.  Riddle with punches and a round kick.  Williams with a punch and a round kick.  Williams staggers to the corner.  Riddle misses a Stinger Splash.  Riddle goes for the Pele Kick but misses.  Riddle with Bro to Sleep followed by a German suplex for a near fall.  Riddle with a round kick.  Riddle puts Williams on the turnbuckles and he chops him.

Williams drops Riddle on the turnbuckles.  Riddle with a brainbuster for a near fall.  Riddle misses a springbaord round kick.  Williams with a DDT for a near fall.  Williams with a cross face but Riddle tries to get to the ropes and Williams rolls into the ring.  Williams with a pile driver.  Riddle kicks out at two.  Riddle blocks another piledriver attempt.  Williams with a forearm to the back.  Riddle gets Williams up but Williams gets back to the mat and applies the crossface.  Williams with boots to the head.  Williams with a forearm and chops.  Riddle with a chop and Williams with a back fist.  Riddle with a cross arm breaker in the ropes.  

Riddle goes up top and Williams stops him.  Williams sets for a superplex and he hits it.  Williams gets a near fall.  Riddle with forearms to Williams' chest and he applies a rear naked choke.  Williams taps out.

Winner:  Matt Riddle

Matt starts off his victory speech with a BRO.  He says if you told him a year ago that he would be crowned the WWN champion, he wouldn't have believed you.  He thanks everyone for the opportunity.  He says he will take this title and defend it all around the world.  He will make this a legitimate World Title.  He will defend it in every WWN company.  He will defend it against Timothy Thatcher, Catch Point, and even Kyle O'Reilly.

 

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