Patrick Kenneth Martin was born on May 23,1983 and is an American professional wrestler and physical therapy clinician, better known by the ring name, Alex Shelley, makes appearances with Impact Wrestling, where he is a former one-time X Division Champion and two-time World Tag Team Champion.
60 Facts About Alex Shelley
Alex Shelley first gained fame on the independent circuit, working for Ring of Honor, as well as in Japan, for Pro Wrestling Zero1-Max.
Alex Shelley has worked for New Japan Pro-Wrestling, where he is a former three-time IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Champion alongside Kushida and a current Strong Openweight Tag Team Champion alongside Chris Sabin, as the Motor City Machine Guns.
Alex Shelley then joined the Border City Wrestling's Can-Am Wrestling School, and began training under Joe E Legend and Scott D'Amore.
Alex Shelley worked in the IWA for six months before joining the Philadelphia-based Combat Zone Wrestling.
On June 12,2005, Alex Shelley made an appearance on the international version of WWE Heat, losing to Simon Dean after being hit with the Simonizer.
Alex Shelley's appearance was a tryout, but nothing came of it.
Alex Shelley appeared with ROH sporadically throughout the remainder of 2003 and early 2004, feuding with Jimmy Jacobs and Matt Stryker.
At Generation Next on May 22,2004, Alex Shelley formed a stable, "Generation Next", with Austin Aries, Jack Evans and Roderick Strong.
Generation Next, led by Alex Shelley, spent the entirety of the event attacking other wrestlers, claiming that they were "the best that Ring of Honor has to offer".
On July 17,2004, at Reborn: Completion, Alex Shelley lost to Doug Williams in the finals of a tournament for the vacant ROH Pure Championship.
Aries then announced he too was going after the title, with Alex Shelley telling him to "remember where your loyalties lie".
Alex Shelley feuded with Generation Next throughout early 2005, unsuccessfully challenging Aries for the ROH World Championship at Manhattan Mayhem on May 7.
Alex Shelley gave speculation in a backstage promo as to who his partner would be, saying it could be a new wrestler making their debut in Ring of Honor.
Alex Shelley later revealed that he did not bring someone in to ROH, but had joined "The Embassy", a heel stable controlled by Prince Nana.
At Hell Freezes Over on January 14,2006, Alex Shelley teamed up with Rave to defeat the duo of Claudio Castagnoli and Azrieal.
Alex Shelley returned to ROH along with Chris Sabin on March 30,2007, following the Briscoe Brothers winning the ROH World Tag Team Championship.
Alex Shelley returned to ROH on December 7,2014, at Final Battle 2014, where he and Kushida unsuccessfully challenged reDRagon for the ROH World Tag Team Championship.
Alex Shelley won the vacant Zero1-Max United States Openweight Championship on September 19,2005, in Tokyo, Japan, defeating Sonjay Dutt.
Alex Shelley was paired with Goldy Locks and dubbed "Baby Bear" Alex Shelley.
Alex Shelley requested his release from TNA late that year after booker Dusty Rhodes stopped utilizing him.
Alex Shelley signed a new contract with TNA in 2005 after Rhodes resigned as TNA booker, and returned on June 19,2005, at Slammiversary, losing to Shocker.
Alex Shelley went on to form a tag team with Michael Shane, with the duo losing to America's Most Wanted at No Surrender 2005 on July 17.
Alex Shelley entered the TNA 2005 Super X Cup Tournament, but lost to Samoa Joe in the semifinals on August 7.
Alex Shelley was doubled teamed by Team Canada for much of the match until Johnny Candido, the brother of Chris Candido, climbed onto the apron and accepted Shelley's tag.
However, Candido was pinned by Young shortly thereafter, with Alex Shelley being eliminated from the match as a result.
In early 2006, after both Aries and Strong were suspended by TNA, Alex Shelley was recruited by Jeff Jarrett to obtain candid video footage of Jackie Gayda for the purposes of blackmail.
Alex Shelley went on to create the fictional enterprise "Paparazzi Productions" and obtain footage of Sting, Christian Cage and their respective families for the purposes of intimidation.
On July 16,2006, Alex Shelley teamed with Nash to face Chris Sabin and Jay Lethal in a losing effort.
At Hard Justice, Alex Shelley replaced Nash in a match for the number one contendership of the X Division Championship.
Alex Shelley appeared in Kevin Nash's Open Invitational X Division Battle Royal at Bound for Glory on October 22,2006.
When it seemed Ray had the upper hand Kevin Nash distracted him, allowing Alex Shelley to hit him with a low blow.
At Destination X 2007 Alex Shelley helped LAX win the match by hitting Brother Devon with a video camera and giving him a Frog Splash through a table.
Alex Shelley then fought for Team TNA in the World X Cup alongside Kaz, the team captain, his tag team partner Chris Sabin, and Curry Man.
Alex Shelley made it to the end of the match and finally pinned Masato Yoshino of Team Japan to win the match and give Team TNA the lead ahead of the final round of the tournament, an Ultimate X match contested between the team captains.
Rhino won the match, pinning Alex Shelley following a Gore forcing him to wear the suit.
Alex Shelley finally agreed to put on the suit after Mick Foley threatened to fire him if he did not.
Ironically, the same day Alex Shelley made his return, Sabin suffered a knee injury in his match with Anarquia.
At Destination X, Alex Shelley defeated Amazing Red, Robbie E and Shannon Moore in an Ultimate X match to become the number one contender to the TNA X Division Championship.
From late May to early June, Alex Shelley took part in the 2013 Best of the Super Juniors, where he managed to win five out of his eight matches with a win over Ricochet in the final round-robin match of the tournament on June 6, earning him a spot in the semifinals.
Alex Shelley later revealed that he had received a severe sciatica taking a sitout powerbomb from Taichi, which marked his fourth injury in the promotion since his September 2012 return.
Alex Shelley wrestled his return match on January 4,2014, at Wrestle Kingdom 8 in Tokyo Dome, where he and Kushida unsuccessfully challenged The Young Bucks for the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship in a four-way match, which included the Forever Hooligans and Suzuki-gun.
On May 30, Alex Shelley entered the 2014 Best of the Super Juniors tournament, where he won his block with a record of four wins and three losses, advancing to the semifinals.
On May 3 at Wrestling Dontaku 2015, Alex Shelley unsuccessfully challenged Kenny Omega for the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship.
Later that month, Alex Shelley suffered ligament damage and an avulsion fracture in his left foot, which forced him to pull out of the 2015 Best of the Super Juniors.
On November 20,2015, Alex Shelley returned to ROH, revealing himself as the mystery man who had been interfering in The Addiction's matches, wearing a mask associated with KRD, a stable made up of The Addiction and Alex Shelley's former tag team partner Chris Sabin.
Four days after, Alex Shelley announced his kayfabe retirement; in reality, Alex Shelley started his clinicals for physical therapy school and devoted his time to prepare for his post-in-ring career.
On June 30,2019, Alex Shelley returned to ROH and announced he wants a match with the winner of Manhattan Mayhem, hinting that he might come out of retirement.
On July 21,2019, Alex Shelley came out of retirement to team up with Jay Lethal and Jonathan Gresham to beat The Kingdom.
On December 13,2019, At Final Battle, Alex Shelley defeated Colt Cabana.
At the ROH Past vs Present event, Alex Shelley was set to reunite with his Generation Next stablemate Matt Sydal to face Villain Enterprises.
Alex Shelley's profile was then moved to the alumni section some time later.
On January 8, a surprise announcement was made that Alex Shelley was coming to WWE, as part of the NXT brand and would be Kushida's partner, reforming their Time Splitters tag team for the first time since their New Japan Pro Wrestling days in 2015; this is Alex Shelley's first time performing on WWE, after a one-off appearance on WWE Heat back in his early wrestling days in 2005.
At Slammiversary on July 18,2020, Alex Shelley made his return to TNA, now known as Impact Wrestling, alongside Chris Sabin as The Motor City Machine Guns defeating The Rascalz after answering their open challenge.
Alex Shelley would be taken out of action for a few months after Bound for Glory.
Alex Shelley was scheduled to team up with Sabin and Rich Swann to face Kenny Omega and The Good Brothers at Hard To Kill, but he legitimately had to back out due to "unavoidable circumstances", and was thus replaced in the match by Moose.
Alex Shelley later revealed that his career outside of wrestling required him to step away from wrestling for the time being until he is able to get the COVID-19 vaccine.
Later, in September 2021, Alex Shelley announced that he left Impact.
On October 2,2021, Alex Shelley made his MLW debut at Fightland where he lost to TJP in the Opera Cup quarter-finals.
At Sacrifice on March 5,2022, Alex Shelley returned to Impact Wrestling to face his student Jay White in a losing effort.