Staying Alive

by MariShapiro   June 03, 2010 at 5:01PM  |  Views: 168

This week we catch up with the Motor City Machine Guns (Chris Sabin and Alex Shelley) and get their outlook on what is important to them in their lives and how to stay physically fit and in wrestling shape.

Chris Sabin

There are three things in my life that I have always, and will continue to always love - Pro Wrestling, Music, and Games.

Obviously, I love Pro Wrestling. I can't even remember the first time I watched, or that first specific moment that I was hooked. I have just always watched it for as far back as I remember and have always loved it. I grew up in the Hulk Hogan era, watching him dominate everyone and be the hero. As I got older, I became a huge Bret Hart fan, but along with that era in wrestling, came guys like Owen Hart and The 1-2-3 Kid, slightly smaller than the usual beefed up body builder type wrestlers that would do a lot more creative things inside the ring, they would high fly. This gave me hope for myself, as I never saw myself as one of the behemoths. As I entered my later teen years, I discovered Japanese Pro Wrestling on VHS. I ordered tapes and saw guys like Ohtani Shinjiro, Ultimo Dragon, Dean Malenko, Eddie Guerrero, and Jushin Thunder Liger. These were real cruiserweight wrestlers, and once WCW started the cruiserweight division in the USA, I knew I had a chance because finally smaller guys were being featured. I had a dream, and I went for it. I was searching on how to become a pro wrestler before I even graduated high school, and the rest is history.

Music is another love of mine. I got my first guitar when I was 13 years old for X-mas. The first song I learned how to play was "Come as you are" by Nirvana. I'm a big fan of guitar driven music, quite possibly because I understand how difficult it is to master the guitar. I have been playing on and off for 15 years and I am very far from it. Artists like Jimmy Page, Stevie Ray Vaughn, and Jimi Hendrix have always intrigued me because of their amazing guitar skills. Music has always had a positive connection with me. It's always enjoyable to have background music playing video games or chilling with your buds, or just laying around.