Player Uno making his ring entrance in July 2013
|Birth name||Nicolas Dansereau|
July 20, 1987 |
Gatineau, Quebec, Canada
|Professional wrestling career|
|Ring name(s)||El Popo
Flip D. Berger
|Billed height||6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)|
|Billed weight||220 lb (100 kg)|
|Billed from||The Mushroom Kingdom|
|Trained by||Crusher Kline
|Debut||January 17, 2004|
Nicolas Dansereau (born July 20, 1987) is a Canadian professional wrestler, better known by his ring name Player Uno. He currently competes for various independent promotions across North America, including Alpha-1 Wrestling, Capital City Championship Combat (C*4), Inter Species Wrestling (ISW), and California-based Pro Wrestling Guerrilla (PWG). He regularly teams with Stupefied/Player Dos/Stu Grayson as the Super Smash Bros. Together they are former one-time Chikara Campeones de Parejas, one-time PWG World Tag Team Champions and winners of PWG's 2012 Dynamite Duumvirate Tag Team Title Tournament.
Player Uno became popular for basing his gimmick, moveset, and attire around video games, specifically games for the NES and SNES consoles. One of his former trademarks was his pants, which had an NES controller design on one side; if the "Pause" button was pressed, he would stop moving, and if his opponent hit him while he was "paused", Player Uno wouldn't react until getting "unpaused". He was also famous for wearing gear in the color schemes of characters such as Mario, Luigi, and Wario. In recent years, Player Uno has stopped using both distinctive traits. In 2015, Dansereau repackaged himself as Evil Uno.
Dansereau first began wrestling at the age of 14. At the time, he went under the name "El PoPo". On an episode of Colt Cabana's podcast, The Art of Wrestling, he explained that the decision to change his name came, when El Generico wanted to be called Player 1. Uno changed it around and picked the name Uno. He originally planned to learn Spanish after choosing the name.
International Wrestling Syndicate
Uno made his debut in the Canadian wrestling promotion International Wrestling Syndicate (IWS). Uno quickly found a tag team partner in Stupefied as the Super Smash Brothers. The team found success as they soon won the IWS Tag Team Championship. Uno also found success as a singles competitor as he also won the IWS Canadian Championship. He remained with the promotion until it folded on October 9, 2010.
In 2007 the team started competing in Chikara. Uno and Stupefied, now competing as Player Dos and naming their team the Super Smash Brothers, won the Chikara Campeonatos de Parejas from Incoherence (Delirious and Hallowicked) at Laying in the Gutters, Looking at the Stars on September 21, 2008. The team only held the titles for a month before losing it to The Osirian Portal, the team of Amasis and Ophidian, at Global Gauntlet: Night 2. In 2009 Uno went on a long losing streak, which included a loss against Player Dos for the Young Lions Cup, but the streak came to an end at the season finale, when he debuted his new finishing maneuver The Joystick and forced Tim Donst to tap out with it. On October 24, 2010 Uno wrestled to date his last Chikara match with Dos with Sara Del Rey and Daizee Haze, which Uno and Dos lost.
Ring of Honor
Uno, along with Player Dos, made his ROH debut on May 8, 2009 in Boston, MA, in a losing effort against Rhett Titus and Kenny King. On July 25 in Toronto, Ontario, at Death Before Dishonor VII Night 2 they scored an upset victory over former ROH World Tag Team Champions Kevin Steen and El Generico. On the November 9 episode of Ring of Honor Wrestling on HDNet, Uno and Dos debuted on the show in a return match, where they were defeated by Steen and Generico. Ever since the summer of 2010 Uno hasn't appeared in any Ring of Honor shows.
Pro Wrestling Guerrilla
On September 10, 2011, Uno debuted in Pro Wrestling Guerrilla (PWG) as a member of the Super Smash Bros. with Stupefied. In their debut match, they faced the RockNES Monsters (Johnny Goodtime and Johnny Yuma), a tag team with a similar video game-themed gimmick, in a losing effort. The Super Smash Bros. returned on December 10, 2011, this time losing a match against the American Wolves (Davey Richards and Eddie Edwards). The Super Smash Bros. picked up their first win in PWG on March 17, 2012, by defeating former two-time PWG World Tag Team Champions, The Young Bucks (Matt and Nick Jackson), and the RockNES Monsters in a three-way match. On April 21, the Super Smash Bros. defeated The Young Bucks in the opening round, Future Shock (Adam Cole and Kyle O'Reilly) in the semifinal, and 2 Husky Black Guys (El Generico and Willie Mack) in the final round to win the 2012 Dynamite Duumvirate Tag Team Title Tournament and become number one contenders to the PWG World Tag Team Championship.
On May 25, the Super Smash Bros. defeated The Young Bucks in a No Disqualification match to win the vacant PWG World Tag Team Championship. The Super Smash Bros. made their first successful title defense on July 21 at Threemendous III, PWG's nine-year anniversary event, where they defeated Future Shock and The Young Bucks in a three-way ladder match. On December 1 at Mystery Vortex, the Super Smash Bros. made their second successful World Tag Team Championship defense against the RockNES Monsters. Later that same event, they were defeated by the Dojo Bros (Eddie Edwards and Roderick Strong) in a non-title match. On January 12, 2013, the Super Smash Bros. lost the World Tag Team Championship to the Unbreakable F'n Machines (Brian Cage and Michael Elgin) in the opening round of the 2013 Dynamite Duumvirate Tag Team Title Tournament. During the match, Uno suffered a dislocated shoulder after performing a suicide dive to the outside of the ring.
Dragon Gate USA
On January 28, 2012, the Super Smash Bros. made their debut for Dragon Gate USA, defeating The Scene (Caleb Konley and Scott Reed) in a tag team match. The following day, they picked up another win over the D.U.F. (Arik Cannon and Pinkie Sanchez), after which Uno asked for a shot at the Open the United Gate Championship. The Super Smash Bros.' win streak ended on November 2, when they were defeated by Genki Horiguchi and Ryo Saito in an Open the United Gate Championship number one contenders' match.
In other media
On December 24, 2012, Uno appeared on a new YouTube channel called, TheNerdSlam. He, along with a group of friends, created the channel, which consists of two different webshows. One called 4-Play where Uno plays various video games with friends. The other is a food show called Stu's Kitchen, hosted by Stupefied.
Uno is heavily involved in the charity "Fighting Back", which was set up in memory of professional wrestler Phrank Morin to raise money for the Canadian Cancer Society. Uno and his partner Player Dos have been part of multiple wrestling events for the charity since its creation in 2011. On August 14, 2015, during a 24-hour gaming stream for the charity, Uno and Dos were given the nicknames "The Big Dog" and "The Wildcat" respectively by the video game streaming group, newLEGACYinc, who were running the Fighting Back stream that year. Uno and Dos debuted their new nicknames at the 2015 Fighting Back: Wrestling with Cancer event the next day, while teaming with Último Dragón in a Trios match against Pinkie Sanchez and EYFBO.
- Finishing moves
- Signature moves
- Blanka Roll (Cannonball senton)
- Excitebike (Inverted overdrive)
- Falcon Punch (Straight right hand)
- Fat Boy Senton (Senton)
- Frogger Splash (Frog splash)
- Game Genie (Electric chair flipped forward into a single knee backbreaker)
- Goomba Stomp / M. Bison Stomp (Diving double foot stomp to a kneeling opponent's head)
- Hadouken (Double palm strike to the opponent's chest)
- Kano Cannonball (Suicide senton)
- Level 17 Wizard (Charging knee lift to a cornered opponent)
- Mario Party (German suplex followed into a dragon suplex / Tiger suplex combination)
- Punch-Out!! (Punching combination followed by an uppercut)
- River City Ransom (Arm trap stunner)
- Shoryuken (Jumping spinning uppercut)
- Sonic Boom (Double cross chop)
- With Player Dos/Stupefied
- Finishing moves
- Signature moves
- Double enzuigiri
- Double leg slam (Uno) / double knee backbreaker (Dos/Stupefied) combination
- Fist drop (Uno) / standing moonsault (Dos/Stupefied) combination
- Indiana Jones and the Gold Stunner (Elevated jawbreaker)
- Inverted sitout side powerslam by Uno into a running cutter by Dos/Stupefied
- Jumping neckbreaker by Dos/Stupedied onto Uno's knee
- Level 20 Wizard (Simultaneous charging knee lift (Uno) / Tiger feint kick (Dos/Stupefied) combination to a cornered opponent)
- Mighty Morphin' Powerbomb (Powerbomb (Uno) / neckbreaker (Dos/Stupefied) combination)
- Shining Mage (Shining wizard (Uno) / enzuigiri (Dos/Stupefied) combination)
- "The 8-Bit Luchador"
- "The Big Dog"
- Entrance themes
Championships and accomplishments
- Alpha-1 Wrestling
- Capital City Championship Combat
- C4 Underground Championship (1 time)
- Combat Revolution Wrestling
- CRW Interim Tag Team Championship (1 time) – with Stupefied
- International Wrestling Syndicate
- Inter Species Wrestling
- Inter Species Championship (1 time)
- Lucha Toronto
- Royal Canadian Tag Team Championship (1 time, current) - with Stupefied
- Pro Wrestling Guerrilla
- Pro Wrestling Illustrated
- SoCal Uncensored
- Squared Circle Wrestling
- 2CW Tag Team Championship (1 time) – with Stupefied
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