Motor City Machine Gun Alex Shelley Announces Departure From Wrestling

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Over the weekend during Ring of Honor‘s TV tapings at Center Stage in Atlanta, Georgia, Alex Shelley – one half of the Motor City Machine Guns tag team – announced he was leaving the wrestling business following his partner Chris Sabin‘s singles match against Scorpio Sky. Wrestling Observer’s Dave Meltzer had noted recently that Shelley’s ROH contract had recently expired, although he hasn’t appeared since the early June TV tapings, when he was partnered with Jonathan Gresham and Leon St. Giovanni in a #1 Contendership gauntlet for the ROH 6-Man Tag Team Championship. The last Motor City Machine Guns match was at this year’s ROH/NJPW War of the Worlds in Shelley’s home state of Michigan on May 12, where they faced The Young Bucks (Matt & Nick Jackson) and Roppongi 3K (SHO & YO) in a tag team triple threat. Shelley would take to Twitter to say his thanks.

Detroit native Alex Shelley made his pro wrestling debut in the Michigan independents in 2002, before meeting Scott D’Amore in Windsor and working with Border City Wrestling (BCW), where he had a three year run and became the BCW Can-Am Television Champion. He would also help training at D’Amore’s Can-Am Wrestling School in subsequent years. Although he’d partnered with Chris Sabin on the indies a few times prior, Shelley’s thanks to Ikuto Hidaka on Twitter (as seen above) is due to the creation of the duos most famous mark on wrestling, Motor City Machine Guns, while wrestling in Japan with Pro Wrestling ZERO1.

Photo: Impact Wrestling

The Motor City Machine Guns became one of the mid-2000s most energizing tag team combinations, with hot runs in both Impact Wrestling and Ring of Honor, as well as stints in NJPW, capturing tag team gold in all three. After MCMG briefly split up, he would form another legendary tag team in The Time Splitters with KUSHIDA (another student of D’Amore), capturing the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team titles on two separate occasions.

Photo: NJPW

Despite being remembered as a tag team specialist, Alex Shelley also did well as a singles competitor. Early in his career, he traveled to Germany to work for Westside Xtreme Wrestling (wXw), winning the wXw World Heavyweight Championship twice, as well as winning the Combat Zone Wrestling (CZW) Junior Heavyweight title in 2005, Maryland Championship Wrestling (MCW) Cruiserweight title in 2006, the Impact X-Division Championship in 2009 and the Smash Wrestling Championship in Toronto in 2014.

According to reports, Shelley is returning to school and is stepping away to focus on his education.

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