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Chris Sabin
ChrisSabin
Sabin in February 2016
Birth name Joshua Harter
Born February 4 1982 (1982-02-04) (age 36)
Pinckney, Michigan, United States
Professional wrestling career
Ring name(s) Chris Sabin
Josh Green
Height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Weight 205 lb (93 kg)
Billed from Detroit, Michigan
Trained By Scott D'Amore[1]
Nate Mattson[1]
Bobo Brown[2]
Debut 2001

 Joshua "Josh" Harter[3] (born February 4, 1982)[1] better known by his ring name Chris Sabin, is an American professional wrestler. He is best known for his work in Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA) and currently works most notably for Ring of Honor (ROH).

After being trained by Scott D'Amore, Sabin debuted in 2000 for Border City Wrestling, and quickly began competing for numerous other independent promotions. In 2003, Sabin joined TNA, and quickly won the TNA X Division Championship, which he later unified with the WWA International Cruiserweight Championship. In 2004, he also wrestled for Ring of Honor. In 2005, Sabin wrestled in the UK at International Showdown for The Wrestling Channel's first-year anniversary at a sold out Coventry Skydome.[4] Throughout the next few years, Sabin competed mainly in TNA's X Division, until forming The Motor City Machine Guns with Alex Shelley in mid-2007.

Sabin has won 11 total championships while with TNA. He is a one-time TNA World Heavyweight Champion, a record eight-time X Division Champion, a one-time World Tag Team Champion with Alex Shelley, and (during a talent exchange with New Japan Pro Wrestling) a one-time IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Champion, also with Shelley. He has also won numerous titles on the independent circuit.

Professional wrestling careerEdit

Harter began training as a wrestler in Michigan at the NWA Great Lakes Pro Wrestling School. After the school began experiencing difficulties, he travelled to Windsor, Ontario and completed his training under Scott D'Amore and "Amazing" N8 Mattson at the Can-Am Wrestling School. He debuted in 2000 after four months training as "Chris Sabin", and began working for D'Amore's Border City Wrestling promotion and for independent promotions in Michigan.

Pro Wrestling Zero and New Japan (2006–2010, 2018–present)Edit

On August 25, 2006 at Korauken Hall's ZERO-1 MAX show, Sabin and Alex Shelley became ZERO-1 MAX International Lightweight Tag Team Champions, when they defeated former champions, Ikuto Hidaka and Minoru Fujita. They held the titles for nearly two years, before dropping them to Minoru Fujita, and his new tag team partner, Takuya Sugawara, on April 6, 2008.

On January 4, 2009, Sabin and Shelley defeated No Limit (Tetsuya Naito and Yujiro) at New Japan Pro Wrestling's Wrestle Kingdom III to win the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship.[5] After three successful title defenses, two of which took place in TNA,[6][7][8] Sabin and Shelley lost the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Titles to Apollo 55 (Prince Devitt and Ryusuke Taguchi) on July 5, 2009, at New Japan Pro Wrestling's Circuit 2009 New Japan Soul.[9] On November 8, 2010, New Japan Pro Wrestling announced that the Motor City Machine Guns would be returning to the promotion the following month, competing at events on December 11 and 12.[10] On December 11 the Motor City Machine Guns were defeated by No Limit in their New Japan return match.[11] The following day they defeated Apollo 55 in the fourth match between the two teams.[12]

On May 7, 2018 Sabin was announced to take part of the Best of the Super Juniors tournament. He finished the tournament with a record of three wins and four losses, failing to advance to the finals.

Personal lifeEdit

Harter was inspired by Hulk Hogan and Bret Hart.[3] Harter used the money he earned from working at Subway to pay to attend a wrestling school, but also took classes at a community college.[3]

Harter plays bass in a band called The High Crusade, which also includes former TNA wrestlers Petey Williams and Alex Shelley, and their friends Adam Tatro and Chris Plumb.[13][14] The band released their debut album, It's Not What You Think, on September 7, 2010.[14]

In 2008, Sabin, along with Alex Shelley, appeared in an episode of MTV MADE, teaching a school boy the basics of professional wrestling.[15][16]

An avid gamer, Sabin's ring name is derived from the character Sabin Rene Figaro from the video game Final Fantasy VI (originally released in America as Final Fantasy III).[17]

Harter is a big fan of the band 311 and has used songs by the band as his entrance themes on numerous occasions. At Destination X 2007, held on March 11, a day known to the fans of the band as "311 Day", Harter referenced the occasion on his wrist band. He has also mentioned the band on TNA's web program TNA Today.

In wrestlingEdit

  • Finishing moves
  • Signature moves
    • Diving bulldog[23]
    • Diving crossbody[24][25]
    • Leap of Faith (Suicide dive)[2]
    • Multiple kick variations
      • Bicycle[24]
      • Drop,[24] sometimes while springboarding[23]
      • Enzuigiri[23][26]
      • Hesitation Dropkick (Running delayed low-angle drop to an opponent held in the tree of woe)[27][28]
      • Running big boot to a cornered opponent[29]
    • Multiple powerbomb variations
      • Crucifix,[26] sometimes into the turnbuckles[24]
      • Release[23]
      • Running sitout,[30] sometimes into the turnbuckles[31]
      • Spinning[27]
    • Multiple suplex variations
    • Sabilizer (Swinging side slam backbreaker)[2][22]
    • Somersault plancha[24]
    • Suicide dive[2]
    • Springboard tornado DDT[23][30][32]
    • Straight jacket[2]
    • Tilt-a-whirl headscissors takedown[2][30]
  • With Alex Shelley
    • Double team finishing moves
      • ASCS Rush[33] (Spinning sole kick (Sabin) followed by a superkick (Shelley) followed by a simultaneous enzuigiri (Sabin) / superkick (Shelley) combination)[34]
      • Made in Detroit (Sitout powerbomb (Sabin) / Sliced Bread #2 (Shelley) combination)[8][35]
      • Skull and Bones[36] (Falling neckbreaker (Sabin) / Diving crossbody (Shelley) combination)[37][38]
    • Double team signature moves
      • Aided dropkick[39]
      • Aided snap swinging neckbreaker[40]
      • Aided standing Sliced Bread #2[41]
      • Air Raid (Sabin holds an opponent in a fireman's carry while Shelley performs a diving double foot stomp onto the prone opponent followed by Sabin performing either a fireman's carry takeover onto Shelley's knees or the Cradle Shock)[42]
      • Backbreaker hold (Sabin) / Diving knee drop (Shelley) combination[43]
      • Bullet Point[44] (Baseball slide (Shelley) followed by a Hesitation Dropkick (Sabin) to on an opponent held in the tree of woe position)
      • Doomsday dropkick[45]
      • Double and stereo enzuigiris to one or two opponents respectively[46]
      • Double superkick to a seated or a kneeling opponent[47][48]
      • Inverted atomic drop by Shelley followed by a running dropkick to the knees by Sabin followed by an inverted STF by Shelley followed by a running dropkick to the face of the opponent by Sabin[49]
      • Irish whip by Sabin into a belly to belly suplex by Shelley, suplexing the opponent into his partner held in a tree of woe position[50]
      • Kneeling side slam by Sabin followed by a frog splash by Shelley[43]
      • Motor City Machine Guns Sandwich (Running arched big boot (Sabin) / Enzuigiri (Shelley) combination to a cornered opponent)[43][51]
      • Reverse STO (Shelley) / Jumping enzuigiri (Sabin) combination[43]
      • Simultaneous diving leg drop (Sabin) / diving splash (Shelley) combination[41]
      • Spinning legsweep (Sabin) / Spinning wheel kick (Shelley) combination[52]
      • Springboard dropkick by Sabin into a reverse STO by Shelley[48]
      • Standing inverted Indian deathlock surfboard by Shelley followed into a springboard diving leg drop to the back of an opponent's head by Sabin[53]
      • Thunder Express (Inverted sitout side powerslam (Shelley) / Running cutter (Sabin) combination)[54]
  • Managers
    • A. J. Pierzynski[2]
    • Traci[2]
    • Trinity[23]
    • Angel Williams
    • Velvet Sky
  • Nicknames
  • Entrance themes
    • "1967" by Dale Oliver
    • "Party with the Motor City" by Dale Oliver[56]
    • "Woodward " by The High Crusade
    • "All Ghosts To Medicine Counter Four" by Christian Fitness[57]

Championships and accomplishmentsEdit

  • All American Wrestling
  • All Japan Pro Wrestling
  • Blue Water Championship Wrestling
    • BWCW Cruiserweight Championship (1 time)[59]
  • Border City Wrestling
    • BCW Can-Am Television Championship (2 times)[2]
    • Pro Wrestler of the Year (2007)
  • Discovery Wrestling
    • DW Y Division Championship (1 time)[60]
  • Great Lakes All-Pro Wrestling
    • GLAPW Junior Heavyweight Championship (1 time)[2]
  • International Wrestling Cartel
    • IWC Super Indy Championship (1 time)[2]
    • Super Indy Tournament (2004)[2]
  • Maryland Championship Wrestling
    • MCW Cruiserweight Championship (2 times)[2]
  • Maximum Pro Wrestling
    • MXPW Cruiserweight Championship (2 times)[2]
    • MXPW Television Championship (1 time)[2]
  • Michigan Marquee Wrestling Association
    • MMWA Marquee Heavyweight Championship (1 time)[2]
  • New Japan Pro Wrestling
  • NWA Florida
    • Jeff Peterson Memorial Cup (2005)[2]
  • NWA Great Lakes
    • NWA Great Lakes Heavyweight Championship (1 time)[2]
    • NWA Great Lakes Junior Heavyweight Championship (1 time)[2]
  • Pro Wrestling Illustrated
    • PWI Tag Team of the Year (2010) – with Alex Shelley[61]
    • PWI ranked him #28 of the top 500 singles wrestlers in the PWI 500 in 2007[62]
  • Pro Wrestling Zero1
  • Ring of Honor
    • ROH World Tag Team Championship (1 time) – with Alex Shelley
  • Total Nonstop Action Wrestling
    • TNA World Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
    • TNA X Division Championship (8 times)[2]
    • TNA World Tag Team Championship (1 time) – with Alex Shelley[63]
    • Super X Cup (2003)[2]
    • World X Cup (2004) – with Jerry Lynn, Elix Skipper, and Christopher Daniels[2]
    • World X Cup (2006) – with Jay Lethal, Alex Shelley, and Sonjay Dutt[2]
    • Gauntlet for the Gold (2008 – Tag Team) – with Alex Shelley[64]
    • Sixth TNA Triple Crown Champion
    • Match of the Year (2003) vs. Frankie Kazarian and Michael Shane, August 20, 2003[65]
    • Memorable Moment of the Year (2003) The first Ultimate X match[65]
    • Tag Team of the Year (2007) with Alex Shelley[66]
  • Twin City Wrestling
    • TCW Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
  • Ultimate Championship Wrestling
    • UCW Lightweight Championship (1 time)[67]
  • World Wrestling All-Stars
    • WWA International Cruiserweight Championship (1 time)[55]
  • Xtreme Intense Championship Wrestling
    • XICW Light Heavyweight Championship (1 time)[55]
    • XICW Tag Team Championship (1 time) – with Truth Martini[2]
  • Wrestling Observer Newsletter
    • Rookie of the Year (2003)
    • Worst Worked Match of the Year (2006) TNA Reverse Battle Royal on TNA Impact![68]

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