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  1. MotorCity
    Ever since Alex Shelley revealed himself to be the mysterious man under the red mask while standing across the ring from his stunned, longtime friend Chris Sabin a few months ago, the wrestling world has been asking questions.

    Why had Shelley been interfering in matches while keeping his identity concealed under a mask that had been associated with KRD (Knights of Rising Dawn), a group that consisted of Sabin and The Addiction?

    How did Sabin feel about the shocking return of his former tag team partner, whose actions had caused nothing but trouble for Sabin and The Addiction?

    Would Shelley and Sabin end up battling each other in the ring?

    There are still some unanswered questions, but we now know one thing for certain: Shelley and Sabin -- collectively known as The Motor City Machine Guns -- are back together.

    During the match between Shelley and The Addiction’s Christopher Daniels on the ROH 14th Anniversary pay-per-view last weekend, a previously conflicted Sabin was conflicted no longer.

    He neutralized an interfering Frankie Kazarian and then laid out Daniels, allowing Shelley to pick up the victory.

    After the match, Sabin pointed to his palm -- a gesture that is synonymous with the Motor City Machine Guns -- and he and Shelley broke the tension with an embrace.

    That reunion of Shelley and Sabin is bad news not only for The Addiction, but also every other tag team in ROH, including tag team champions War Machine.

    The Machine Guns have been one of the most exciting and accomplished tag teams of the past decade, winning championships both in the United States and Japan. They’ve beaten the likes of The Briscoes, The Young Bucks and The Dudleys and were named Tag Team of the Year byPro Wrestling Illustrated in 2010.

    The Detroit natives first joined forces 10 years ago in Japan’s Pro Wrestling Zero1-Max, where they captured the promotion’s International Lightweight Tag Team Championship and successfully defended it for more than a year and a half.

    Shelley and Sabin made their debut as a team in ROH in 2007 and appeared sporadically for the company over the next few years.

    They unsuccessfully challenged for the ROH World Tag Team Title twice, falling to The Briscoes in 2007, and losing by disqualification to The Kings of Wrestling (Chris Hero and Claudio Castagnoli) in 2010.

    In 2009, The Machine Guns defeated Tetsuya Naito and Yujiro to win the prestigious IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship at New Japan Pro Wrestling’s Wrestle Kingdom III in the Tokyo Dome.

    Shelley and Sabin amicably parted ways four years ago to pursue other goals.

    Shelley went to Japan and formed a tag team with Kushida known as The Time Splitters, who went on to win the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship twice.

    Sabin embarked on a singles career and won multiple titles before returning last year to ROH, where he, Daniels and Kazarian ultimately revealed themselves to be KRD, a group of masked wrestlers who had been wreaking havoc for months.

    When Shelley turned the tables on KRD and donned a mask himself, it put him and Sabin on opposite sides. Shelley, A.C.H. and Matt Sydal faced Sabin, Daniels and Kazarian at Final Battle in December, but Shelley and Sabin never touched.

    On multiple occasions recently, Daniels and Kazarian attacked Shelley while Sabin watched but refused to participate. Sabin’s inaction didn’t sit well with The Addiction.

    After the turn of events at the 14th Anniversary show, The Machine Guns and The Addiction are now on a collision course.

    It’s not just The Addiction who are in The Machine Guns’ crosshairs, however. Despite all of their success, The Machine Guns still have one major goal to shoot for: winning the world tag team title in ROH, where the best teams in the world compete.

    Shelley and Sabin can begin taking aim at that goal on March 12 in Philadelphia, where they are signed to compete as part of ROH’s Conquest Tour.

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