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Will the Motor City Machine Guns thrive more in AEW or WWE? What's your take?

The Motor City Machine Guns (Alex Shelley and Chris Sabin) became free agents on April 1 after leaving TNA Wrestling. Immediately they were linked with a move to AEW. Reports suggested that they had likely closed a deal with All Elite Wrestling. But there have been no updates on them arriving in AEW. With WWE entering the picture, Alex Shelly’s update a few days ago is worth noticing.

PWN reported that Alex Shelley and Chris Sabin have engaged in talks with WWE over signing with them. Soon it emerged that WWE’s interest in them was concrete and after Tommaso Ciampa posted a photo of the tag team on his Instagram stories it fueled the rumors further.

But now Shelly, one half of the tag team has dropped a hint of what the future could hold for one of the best tag teams of the modern era. Taking to Instagram Shelly posted, “This past week, I celebrated the 4th of July by (maybe) having my final match at @beyondwrestling for awhile.” Well, what does it tell us?

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A talent who is signed to WWE won’t be able to compete on the independent circuit while Tony Khan’s promotion grants wrestlers permission to wrestle for AEW-approved independent events.

Shelly saying that he probably wrestled his final match for Beyond Wrestling for a while could indicate a move to the Stamford-based company is on the cards for him and his long-time in-ring partner Chris Sabin. This will be a departure from earlier reports following the end of their TNA stint, which suggested that the former three-time TNA/Impact Tag Team Champions would All-Elite.

In April, a report from PWI stated that many inside TNA believed that the decorated tag team was set for AEW. Further reports suggested that the duo were working on finalizing a deal that was delayed. Could it be that AEW hit a roadblock with MCMG and it allowed WWE to swoop in?

Apart from that, a number of reasons could have tipped the scales in WWE’s favor. TNA and WWE have established a working relationship for quite some time now. TNA Knockouts Champion  Jordynne Grace, Joe Hendry, and veteran Frankie Kazarian have all shown up on WWE NXT in the last few weeks. Thus a move to WWE would allow MCMG to compete with some familiar faces while they grow accustomed to their new company.

Another thing that could sway MCMG to WWE is the treatment many former TNA stars have received. Dispelling previous notions of being buried, stars like AJ Styles and LA Knight have received considerable spotlight in WWE. With Triple H in charge, it is likely that Shelly and Sabin would more than get their due while doing what they do best.

But what does signing the revered tag team duo mean for the Stamford-based promotion?

WWE has a bargain on their hands if they recruit The Motor City Machine Guns

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If the WWE has managed to sign the duo, then they truly have hit the jackpot. The Motor City Machine Guns are a very important part of TNA’s history and one of the most exciting tag teams in the world. Apart from being a possible solid addition to the division, they have shown the ability to shine as singles stars as well.

Both stars have held TNA’s X-Division titles and the world titles as well during their near two-decade association with the promotion, having signed with them back in 2007. As a tag team, critics and fans have loved them for their in-ring skill and chemistry. Over the years, the Motor City Machine Guns have earned a reputation as one of the most exciting and talented teams in professional wrestling.

The dynamic duo has passed the 40-year-old age barrier. However, they still have more than enough gas in the tank for a few more years. WWE can use the team to add more depth to their tag team divisions across RAW and SmackDown.

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With time winding down the clock on their wrestling careers, the revered tag team could sign off with a swansong with a fruitful spell in the Stamford-based promotion and probably create some big moments in their careers yet.

It remains to be seen where they end up. What do you make of Shelley’s post on Instagram alluding to a spell with WWE? Let us know in the comments section below.