March 26, 2007
Mercury released by WWE
By JON WALDMAN -- SLAM! Wrestling
Just days before WrestleMania, WWE has made a roster cut, as Joey Mercury was released.
Though terms of Mercury's departure were not released, WWE stated on its website that, "WWE.com has learned that today in Chicago, WWE officials have agreed on the immediate release of Joey Mercury."
Mercury had been on the main WWE roster for the better part of three years, debuting in April 2005 on Smackdown alongside Johnny Nitro and Melina Perez as MNM. The trio became an immediate force in the tag team ranks, winning the World Tag Team Titles in their first match against Rey Mysterio and the late Eddie Guerrero.
Championship gold would soon become a fixture around the waists of MNM on two other occasions. The crew's reign, however, was short-lived as Nitro and Melina jumped to Raw following a Tag Team Championship defeat to Brian Kendrick and Paul London at Judgment Day 2006. Mercury dissappeared from WWE TV after that match.
Prior to December to Dismember, Mercury returned and reunited with Melina and Nitro, taking on The Hardy Boyz at the ECW pay-per-view. He would wrestle on and off with Nitro for weeks after, including the now famous Fatal Four-way Ladder match at Armageddon, where Mercury incurred severe injuries to his face. He would later return wearing a protective mask and had most recently been across WWE TV with his partner, Nitro.
Mercury first burst onto the national wrestling scene in ECW. Then known as Joey Matthews, he teamed with Christian York. Though the young team did not attain any titles in their run, they were rising stars in the company when it folded.
Mercury then floated around the indies, making occasional appearances on WWE TV shows such as Velocity. He would eventually be hired on and was sent to Ohio Valley Wrestling, where MNM was born.
Jon Waldman has been with SLAM! Wrestling since 2000.