Friday, June 14, 2024
Joey Mercury

Joey Mercury

Fairfax, Virginia
Adam Birch
Height & Weight:
191 Ib

Titles Won:

  • WWE Tag Team Championship (3 times) – with Johnny Nitro
  • NWA World Tag Team Championship – with Christian York
  • OVW Southern Tag Team Championship – with Johnny Nitro
  • OVW Television Championship

Birch was trained by fellow wrestler Jimmy Cicero and made his wrestling debut in October 1996, using the name Joey Matthews as he wrestled in ECW Extreme Championship Wrestling. The following year, he began competing for Mid-Eastern Wrestling Federation (MEWF), where he began competing in tag team competition and captured the MEWF Tag Team Championship, alongside Christian York. Throughout the late-1990s, Birch competed in various independent promotions, where he and York continued to work as a team. It was also during that time that he won various championships in singles and tag team competition.

In 2004, Birch signed with WWE and was assigned to their developmental territory Ohio Valley Wrestling (OVW) in Louisville, Kentucky under the name Joey Mercury. While situated at OVW, he was placed in tag team competition, alongside Johnny Nitro, in which they won the OVW Southern Tag Team Championship on one occasion. It was also during this time that he and Nitro, alongside their manager Melina, were known as the stable MNM. The group were called up to the SmackDown! roster and on their debut in April 2005, Mercury and Nitro went on to win the WWE Tag Team Championship. After their third and final reign ended in May 2006, Nitro and Melina turned on Mercury, thus ending their faction. However, in November 2006, the team reunited for a brief period, before Mercury was let go from his contract in March 2007.

Following his stint with WWE, Birch continued his wrestling career, appearing at several independent promotions, including competing at Ring of Honor events. In March 2008, he returned to OVW, where he won the OVW Television Championship on one occasion. In October 2008, Birch announced his retirement from professional wrestling, following an injury, but later returned to wrestling in 2010, working for WWE as a producer and making a brief in-ring return as part of CM Punk’s Straight Edge Society. He returned to TV once again in 2014 alongside Jamie Noble, (known as J&J Security) as an on screen security guard for the WWE World Heavyweight Champion Seth Rollins as part of The Authority faction.

Notable Feuds

w/ Johnny Nitro vs. The Hardy Boyz

w/ Johnny Nitro vs. Paul London & Brian Kendrick

Other Notable Achievements

ATCW Tag Team Championship – with Christian York

AWC Light Heavyweight Championship

DCW Tag Team Championship – with Christian York

IPWA Light Heavyweight Championship (2 times)

MCW Cruiserweight Championship

MCW Heavyweight Championship

MCW Rage Television Championship

MCW Tag Team Championship (2 times) – with Christian York

Shane Shamrock Memorial Cup (2001)

Triple Crown Championship (Third)

MEWF Tag Team Championship – with Christian York

NWA Light Heavyweight Championship

NYWC Heavyweight Championship

OMEGA Light Heavyweight Championship (2 times)

3PW Heavyweight Championship

SCW Junior Heavyweight Championship (3 times)

SCW Tag Team Championship – with Christian York

VCW Tag Team Championship – with Christian York

VCW Tag Team Championship – with Christian York