Alex Shelley Says Time Splitters Would Have Made More WWE Appearances If Not For The Pandemic

Time Splitters would have appeared more in WWE according to Alex Shelley

The start of 2020 saw NXT pull a welcome surprise out of the bag, with Alex Shelley arriving on the black and gold brand to reform the Time Splitters with KUSHIDA for a quick run in the tag division.

The former IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Champions wrestled together just three times in a WWE ring, and during a virtual signing with Captain’s Corner, Shelley admits the two may have teamed together more in NXT if it weren’t for the COVID-19 pandemic:

“Oh, I love the Time Splitters,” said Shelley. “We started in 2012. So I left TNA in 2012, went to New Japan. I was under contract for three years and the first thing I did was start teaming with KUSHIDA and we had met him before because he trained in Canada at the same school we trained at. He was a few years after us so first time face-to-face meeting with 2008 and then he finished his excursion which a lot of the Japanese wrestlers do to gain some seasoning so he went back to Japan. When he got back, I remember watching some of his matches for a smaller company that TAJIRI owned and oh my God, he looked just like the Motor City Machine Guns. Just like us.

“If you mash both of us (Shelley & Chris Sabin) together, you got this and he wrestled the part too but he was always really, really good. So we became best friends, I was best man at his wedding. He was there for me for a lot of different parts of my life and stayed in touch and there was almost a point in 2019, ‘20, before the pandemic where if the pandemic hadn’t happened, you might’ve saw Time Splitters in WWE a lot more. But because that happened and things worked out the way they did, we got Time Splitters elsewhere, in GCW, some independents and IMPACT. Most importantly, we got Time Machine [Shelley, Sabin, & KUSHIDA] in IMPACT too which to me is like the most fun. That is my favourite thing to do. How lucky am I to have him and KUSHIDA and we all work together really, really, really well so those are really, really special matches for me. Not to discount anything here (IMPACT World Title) but at the same time, my art is with Time Machine in a lot of ways.”

Alex Shelley, Chris Sabin, and KUSHIDA are now all part of IMPACT Wrestling, with Shelley currently in the midst of his first reign as IMPACT World Champion.

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