TNA Wrestling is gearing up for what they hope will be a memorable year, despite the departure controversy surrounding Scott D’Amore. However, it appears that two top TNA stars have finished up with the company.

As previously reported, Alex Shelley and Chris Sabin’s contract will be expiring soon, as many believe it will end on April 20th. The duo are scheduled for an appearance for Smash Wrestling in London, Ontario, on April 21, coinciding with TNA’s post-Rebellion TV tapings.

PWInsider has reported that following tonight’s TNA taping in Philadelphia, the TNA roster gathered backstage to bid farewell to Alex Shelley and Chris Sabin of The Motor City Machine Guns. It was added that the atmosphere was quite emotional.

”The TNA roster held a sendoff backstage for Alex Shelley and Chris Sabin after tonight’s TNA Taping in Philadelphia. is told it was a pretty emotional scene.”


Tonight marked the duo’s last planned appearance for the promotion, as their contracts are set to expire at the end of the month. Their final TV appearance is scheduled to air in April, where they will challenge Eddie Edwards and Brian Myers for the TNA Tag Team Championship.

While some within TNA are framing this as the team being finished “for now,” the possibility of their return hinges on whether they sign with another promotion and/or their interest in working for TNA in the future.

Both Sabin and Shelley are highly respected in the wrestling community, with Shelley having worked in various promotions including NXT, NJPW, AEW, ROH, and MLW, while Sabin has made appearances in AEW, NJPW, ROH, and CMLL over the past 15 years. It remains to be seen what they will do next.

Where do you think The Motor City Machine Guns will go next? Share your thoughts in the comments section below!

Subhojeet Mukherjee

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