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The Motor City Machineguns
Tag Team
Members Alex Shelley[1]
Chris Sabin[1]
Name(s) Alex Shelley and Chris Sabin[1]
The Echo Boomers[2]
The Milennials[2]
Motor City Machine Guns[1]
Murder City Machine Guns[1]
Panic in Detroit[2]
Heights Sabin:
5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)[3]
5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)[4]
420 lb (190 kg)[3][4]
Hometown Detroit, Michigan, United States[1]
Debut 2006
Promotions AAW[1]

The Motor City Machineguns are a professional wrestling tag team consisting of Alex Shelley and Chris Sabin. The team currently works in the American company Total Nonstop Action Wrestling. The team name, which has been variably Motor and Murder City, is a play on the nickname of Detroit, the hometown of both Shelley and Sabin.





Shelley and Sabin first started teaming in Pro Wrestling ZERO1-MAX in 2006. On August 25 they took the ZERO-1 MAX International Lightweight Tag Team Championship from Minoru Fujita and Ikuto Hidaka, holding them for almost two years before dropping them back to Fujita and his new partner Takuya Sugawara.[6] After returning Stateside, the pair had short runs in the independent promotions Pro Wrestling Guerrilla and Ring of Honor under the names Motor City Machine Guns[7] and Murder City Machine Guns respectively until their main employer, Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA) requested their wrestlers stop taking bookings with certain independent companies.[8]

Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (2007-present)

Debut and feud with Team 3D (2007-2008)

It was not until April 2007 that the team debuted in TNA, where hence they had been singles X Division wrestlers. After showing brief teamwork while wrestling as opponents in an Xscape match at the annual Lockdown pay-per-view they became regulars in the tag team division, first using the Murder City name,[9] before it was changed to Motor City.[10] On an episode of TNA Today Shelley implied that this was against the teams wishes, saying that "Murder City" was the real name, and "Motor City" was the PG version.[11] After being together for a few weeks in TNA, Kevin Nash—who already had a history with both men—was brought in as a manager, ending his previous alliances with Jay Lethal and Sonjay Dutt in the process,[9] though his association with the group was short lived.

The team continued to work in independent promotions in parallel with their work in TNA, getting a run with the Illinois-based All American Wrestling's Tag Team Championship between September 2007 and January 2008.[12] In October 2007 at Bound for Glory the team interfered in a tables match between Team 3D (Brothers Ray and Devon) and The Steiner Brothers (Scott and Rick), trying to prevent Team 3D from cheating and effectively helping the Steiners win the match.[13] The following month at Genesis the Motor City Machineguns surprised Team 3D and defeated them in a tag team match.[14] Later in the event Ray and Devon, embarrassed by their loss, attacked the X Division Champion Jay Lethal and his number one contender Sonjay Dutt after their match and declared a war on the X Division as a whole,[14] demanding that the entire X Division and all the members therein be disbanded and removed from TNA. The entire feud focused mainly upon Team 3D (including a new member in Johnny Devine, who was dubbed "Brother Devine") against the Machineguns and Jay Lethal.[15][16]

During the feud, Team 3D awarded the stolen X Division Championship to Devine,[17] before Devine won the title outright.[18] The two teams faced off in an Ultimate X match for the title at TNA Final Resolution. Prior to the pay-per-view, it was claimed that Ray and Devon were too heavy to support themselves on the cables, so they "broke" Sabin and Shelley's fingers, making them unable to climb. Team 3D won this match by using a ladder to get Devon up to the title belt (which was against the match rules).[19] At Against All Odds, Sabin, Shelley, and Lethal won a Street Fight with the existence of the X Division as a whole (excluding Devine) on the line.[20] Sabin and Shelley were beaten off early in the match, essentially making it a handicap match of Team 3D against Lethal. As agreed in the pre-match stipulations, the win resulted in Lethal being given back the X Division title. And the members of Team 3D would not be allowed to compete in TNA as long as any member was a super heavyweight. Failure to meet the weight limit would result (as it frequently did) in one or more members of the team being disqualified. The stipulation also applied to Devine, although he did not have a televised match when it as in effect. [21]

They were members of Team TNA alongside Kaz and Curry Man in the 2008 edition of the TNA World X Cup, but lost to Team Mexico at Victory Road.[22] They then slipped into the role of tweeners, showing disrespect to Christian Cage, A.J. Styles, Consequences Creed, B.G. James and The Latin American Xchange however still being cheered heavily by the fans and showing respect for the fans.

Frontline and heel turn (2008-2009)

On the October 30 edition of Impact!, The Machineguns along with A.J. Styles, Samoa Joe, Jay Lethal, Consequences Creed, Petey Williams, Eric Young and ODB formed a faction of younger wrestlers called The TNA Front Line to oppose The Main Event Mafia.[23]

At Turning Point, Shelley and Sabin received a shot at the TNA World Tag Team Championship, but were defeated by the champions Beer Money, Inc. (Robert Roode and James Storm), after their manager Jacqueline interfered in the match.[24] Earlier in the evening they disrespected Mick Foley as he was addressing the TNA originals backstage.[24] Despite this and other showings of disrespect, they remained fan favorites and a part of the team opposing the Main Event Mafia. However, they would turn villainous months later attacking Lethal Consequences (Jay Lethal and Consequences Creed) after losing a tag team match to them. As part of their gimmick they were now described as "TNA Frontline members in name only". At Final Resolution, the Guns were attacked by the debuting Suicide[25]

At Genesis, Shelley defeated Sabin in the finals of a tournament to become the new TNA X Division Champion.[26] At Destination X, Shelley lost his X Division title to Suicide in an Ultimate X match that also involved Consequences Creed, Jay Lethal and Chris Sabin.[27] The Guns and Lethal Consequences spent the next few months unsuccessfully trying to unmask Suicide, initially also claiming that he is Daniels.

Face turn (2009-present)

On the August 6 edition of Impact!, Shelley and Sabin both turned face once again aligning themselves with Daniels against World Elite when an all out brawl broke out in the Impact! Zone. In September Shelley and Sabin began appearing as occasional commentators alongside Mike Tenay and Taz on Impact! broadcasts.[28][29] At Bound for Glory the duo won the pre-show match against Lethal Consequences, and immediately afterwards competed in the Ultimate X match for the X Division Championship which was won by champion Amazing Red.[30] On the following edition of Impact!, they won a tag team Ultimate X match against Lethal Consequences when Sabin retrieved the X, to become #1 contenders for the TNA World Tag Team Championships and will now challenge the champions British Invasion (Doug Williams and Brutus Magnus) at Turning Point.[31] On the November 12 edition of Impact! Beer Money, Inc. defeated the British Invasion in a non-title match to join the Motor City Machineguns in the Tag Team Title match at Turning Point.[32] At the Pay-Per-View The British Invasion defeated Shelley and Sabin and Beer Money, Inc. in a three-way match to retain the TNA Tag Team Titles.[33] The following month at Final Resolution the British Invasion defeated Shelley and Sabin to once again retain their titles.[34]

Ring of Honor (2007-2008, 2010)

On March 30, 2007, in their hometown of Detroit, Shelley and Sabin made their ROH debut as a team under the name The Murder City Machine Guns by challenging and then attacking Jay Briscoe after he and his brother Mark, who had injured himself during the match, had won back the ROH World Tag Team Titles from Naruki Doi and Shingo.[35] On April 28 in Chicago, IL, at Good Times, Great Memories the Briscoe Brothers successfully defended their tag team titles against Shelley and Sabin.[36] After the event TNA pulled all of their wrestlers from any upcoming ROH shows.

In April 2008 Shelley and Sabin returned to Ring of Honor, losing to the Age of the Fall (Tyler Black and Jimmy Jacobs) and defeating the Briscoe Brothers on the 18th and 19th respectively.[37][38]

They returned to Ring of Honor in August 2008. On August 1 in Manassas, VA they fought Austin Aries and Bryan Danielson to a 20 minute time limit draw and then a 5 minute overtime draw.[39] The next day in New York City they were defeated by Kevin Steen and El Generico when Steen forced Sabin to submit to the Sharpshooter.[40] The team was scheduled to return to ROH on October 24 and 25, but were pulled from the events by TNA and replaced by the Latin American Xchange.[41]

On February 13, 2010, Ring of Honor announced at their 8th Anniversary Show that the Motor City Machineguns would return to the company on May 8 in New York City.[42]

New Japan Pro Wrestling (2009)

On January 4, 2009, Sabin and Shelley defeated No Limit (Tetsuya Naitō and Yujiro) at New Japan Pro Wrestling's Wrestle Kingdom III in Tokyo Dome to win the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship. They followed in the footsteps of American Dragon and Curry Man as the only other gaijin team to win those titles. On July 5, 2009, at New Japan Pro Wrestling's Circuit 2009 New Japan Soul Shelley and Sabin lost the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Titles to Apollo 55 (Prince Devitt and Ryusuke Taguchi).[1]

In wrestling

Shelley and Sabin in the ring with Daniels
Shelley and Sabin at a house show in 2008

Championships and accomplishments

  • All American Wrestling
    • AAW Tag Team Championship (1 time)[1][12]

Outside of wrestling

In 2008, the team appeared in an episode of the MTV series Made, teaching a school boy the basics of professional wrestling.[59]

Notes and references

  • ^ Motor City and Machine Guns have been variously written as one and two words
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