Friday, June 16, 2023

Alex Shelley: A Look Back at an Archive Interview

In honor of Alex Shelley becoming the new Impact World Champion, I wanted to take a look back at an interview I did with him in 2004. At the time, Shelley was just starting to make a name for himself on the independent scene in promotions including ROH, CZW, and IWA MS, and also was wrestling for TNA (Impact Wrestling). Shelley was full of ambition and drive.

During the interview, Alex Shelley talked about his early career and his thoughts on the business. What stands out the most to me was when Shelley was asked what his long-term goal in the business was, Shelley's answered, "I want to become one of the best wrestlers in the world one day". Today, he now holds the Impact World Championship, a championship that says he indeed is what his goal was to be, one of the best wrestlers in the world.

I'm happy for Alex Shelley reaching his goal. Shelley was a TNA original who did not receive the attention that he earned in the early years of the company, a TNA X-Division Championship reign being his biggest accomplishment. Shelley, along with Chris Sabin, finally discovered a TNA niche for themselves in 2007, when they were united as The Motor City Machine Guns. Fans called them the best tag team in the industry and they eventually won the TNA World Tag Team Championship. Now, Alex Shelley has attained the biggest accomplishment of his career. It's an achievement that came after 21 years of dedication to his craft and hard work, which makes Shelley a role model for young wrestlers everywhere.

Thanks for reading! And I hope you enjoy the interview with Alex Shelley. In 2003, I began running my own website, World Wrestling Optimum, which consisted of news, articles, and interviews, including that one. My ebook, "Pro-Wrestling Interviews" contains interviews that I conducted for the website. You can check out my ebook on Amazon.

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