The Motor City Machine Guns have been teaming off and on for over a decade, but they're just now hitting their stride.
The long time duo recently spoke to Channel Guide Magazine. When asked about their longevity, both attributed it to working hard in the ring and doing things on their own terms:
CS: Probably a number of things, being very adaptable in the ring, working hard, enjoying what we do, and making an effort to stay healthy goes a long way as well.
AS: Honestly, I don’t think about it. My “career” in wrestling, as it were, is pretty different than most of my generational peers. This is neither here nor there, but I attribute that aspect of it to doing things on my own terms and pursuing outside the ring interests pretty heavily since approximately 2008. Let me put it this way: you won’t find too many wrestlers who spent as much time on their education WHILE wrestling as yours truly.
Although they've held the IWGP Jr. Tag Team titles and the TNA Tag Team titles, they were never able to win Ring of Honor's titles until Death Before Dishonor, where they defeated the Young Bucks. They were asked if they did anything after they won the titles, and what it meant to them:
AS: I slept. Honestly, sleep is time that’s never wasted. In terms of winning the ROH tag titles, to me, that’s pretty cool. I’ve never won a title in that company, and the Young Bucks are on top with or without titles. And really, Sabin and I had to work our asses off together the past year in terms of finding our groove as a team again and changing gears to keep up with what ROH presents, if I am being transparent. And really, truly, I love ROH and consider myself very lucky to be contracted there in the first place. To achieve a higher position? Just super blessed, really.
CS: It did mean a lot to me. There’s a history that goes back to 2007 between MCMG and ROH, so it’s been a 10-year journey that has paid off.
Shelly and Sabin are next set to team up with Jonathan Gresham and Jay White as they take on Bullet Club members Hangman Page, Cody and The Young Bucks at ROH Global Wars: Chicago on October 15.