By Andy Steven | January 11, 2009
Chris Sabin vs. Alex Shelley
Tournament Final To Crown A New X Division Champion
Alex Shelley is first out for the X Division Championship Tournament finals. This match is for all the marbles as Chris Sabin comes out to an identical music and entrance video. Ring announcer Dave Penzer let it be known that each is representing the Motor City Machineguns. The bell rings and were underway. They lockup wearing identical ring gear. Slow chain wrestling to start things out with each altering control of the match.
Shelley works on the leg of Chris Sabin, Sabin counters out but Shelley applies body scissors on the mat. Side headlock from Sabin on Shelley in a counter as both are back to a vertical base. Shelley takes Sabin down, it's back and forth as can be. The crowd seems to appreciate the hard work. They lock hands and both go for control. They exchange kicks to their legs. Sabin kicks Shelley in the top of the head with a dropkick, sending him to the mat. Arm submission from Sabin on Shelley.
Referee Andrew Thomas checks for submission. Both get back to a vertical base and exchange more offense. Shelley ends up knocking Sabin to the outside, Sabin counters, sends Shelley to the outside and connects on a suicide dive to the outside. TNA chants from the crowd as Sabin rolls Shelley back into the ring. Sabin works on Shelley on the apron. Shelley goes to the top rope with Sabin on the apron, Shelley connects on a high-risk spot onto his partner.
We are shown a replay of Shelley's somersault onto Sabin from the top rope. Sabin lands a backhand chop on Alex Shelley, Shelley counters with chops of his own. Shelley takes Sabin down and connects on a Lion Sault off the ropes. Two count from Shelley onto his partner. Shelley locks Sabin in a modified abdominal stretch with both at a vertical base. Sabin counters with elbows. Sabin goes for the Sliced Bread but can't get it. Shelley counters with a suplex on Sabin. Sabin counters with a kick to the face of Shelley. Both men are down. Double count out ends when both men get up. Stiff backhand chops are exchanged in the middle of the ring. Inverted atomic drop on Shelley as they both counter. Sabin gains control and goes off the top into a DDT on Shelley. Two count off a great spot.
Sabin is on the apron, he springboards off the top into an arm bar from Shelley. Shelley applies the crossface but no submission. They work together at a vertical base once again. Shelley sends Sabin's face into the turnbuckle with a sudden stop. Sabin hits a great suplex on Shelley to nearly get the three count for the victory.
Shelley connects on another suplex and gets a long two count. Shelley looks frustrated. Shelley goes to the top rope but Sabin meets him with right hands. Sabin goes for a hurricanrana on Shelley off the top but he doesn't get it. Shelley counters and goes for the Frog Splash off the top, Sabin gets his knees up to block.
Sabin goes off the top but Shelley's already on his feet. Shelley goes back to the top and hits a Frog Splash. Shelley goes to the other side and hits the Frog Splash again. Two count for Shelley on his partner. This is awesome chant from the crowd as the work continues in the ring. Big clothesline from Sabin onto Shelley. Sabin hits the Cradle Shock but Shelley kicks out at two. Sabin goes for Cradle Shock off the middle rope but Shelley fights out. Shelley hits Sliced Bread and gets a two count. Chop from Shelley as he walks into a boot from Chris Sabin. Shelley goes for Sliced Bread as Shelley is favoring his ankle, trying to pull his shoe off. The referee checks on Shelley as Sabin turns his back and Shelley gets the roll up for the win.
Winner & new X Division Champion - Alex Shelley
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