REAL NAME: Josh Harter
5' 10", 207 pounds
BORN:February 4, 1982
NICKNAMES: The Future
Chris Sabin is yet another in a long line of successful graduates from Scott D'Amore's Can-Am Wrestling school who has gone on to a successful career in pro wrestling. In the case of Detroit's Josh Harter, that career began in 2000 and has led him, wrestling as Chris Sabin, to great fame in TNA.
After becoming frustrated with the wrestling school he was attending, Nate Mattson (Amazing N8) helped guide Sabin to D'Amore's school and from there, Sabin began wrestling in Ontario and Michigan-based indies, including D'Amore's Border City Wrestling and Great Lakes Championship Wrestling.
Mattson would also be the opposition who Sabin defeated for his first title, the NWA Great Lakes Junior Heavyweight title, which Sabin claimed on June 2, 2001 in Hamburg, Michigan. He would later defeat Gutter to win the Great Lakes Heavyweight Crown.
Sabin would remain on the Michigan independent scene, teaming with Truth Martini to defeat JT Lightning and Frankie the Face on March 12, 2002 to win the XICW Tag Team titles. In time, however, he would branch out into an ever expanding range of territories, such as Maximum Pro Wrestling, New Era Pro Wrestling and Cleveland All Pro Wrestling, teaming with fellow future TNA stars such as Frankie Kazarian and Alex Shelley.
He would return to Border City Wrestling on March 6, 2003 to defeat Kazarian and Jerry Lynn to win the BCW Television Championship. Kazarian and Sabin would clash again on April 5th, as part of the first round of the 2003 Super Eight Tournament, hosted by ECWA, with Kazarian getting the victory.
Four days later, Sabin debuted in TNA, teaming with Johnny Storm in a four-way tag match won by the Amazing Red and Jerry Lynn. Although he would continue to work on the independent scene (especially in Michigan and Ontario), Sabin soon became a force in TNA's innovative X Division. On May 14th, Sabin defeated Red and Lynn to win the X Division Championship, a title he later unified with the WWA Cruiserweight Championship, when he defeated Lynn (WWA Cruiserweight Champ), Kazarian and Johnny Swinger in a fatal fourway match on World Wrestling All Star's pay-per-view on May 25, 2003.
Although Sabin wasn't able to claim the NWA Championship when he battled A.J. Styles at a Ring of Honor show on June 28th, he continued to retain the X Division title against Kazarian, Paul London. Sabin was unable to walk out of the first-ever Ultimate X match, as Michael Shane (now Matt Bentley) defeated Sabin and Kazarian to become champion on August 20, 2003.
Sabin didn't dwell on the defeat long, as he went through Lynn, Kazarian and Juventud Guerrera to win the Super X Cup, although Michael Shane would later claim the trophy with a victory over Sabin on October 8th. By this time, Sabin was splitting time between TNA and Ring of Honor, and was injured in one ROH match, against Matt Stryker on October 16th, when he needed 11 stitches.
Feuding with Michael Shane in TNA, Sabin battled Shane as well as Low Ki and Christopher Daniels in the Ultimate X-2 match on January 7, 2004 to regain the X Division title. While defending the newly won title, Sabin also took part in the X-Cup series as part of Team NWA/USA.
Sabin's reign as X Division Champion would come to an halt at the end of March when it was announced that he had suffered a possibly career-ending knee injury. However, Sabin would rebound from the injury and be back in action, and part in the World X Cup at the end of April, replacing Sonjay Dutt on Team USA. Sabin defeated Petey Williams (Team Canada) and Hector Garza (Team Mexico) in an Ultimate X Match to give Team USA the victory in the X Cup.
After the finale of the X Cup, Sabin remained active in the X Division, taking part in a lot of six-man and eight-man tag matches with various partners, as well as contending for the X Division championship itself. Meantime, he continued to work independent shows, including IWA Mid-South, 3PW and the International Wrestling Cartel (where, on June 5, 2004, he defeated C.M. Punk for the Super Indy Championship). Sabin also continued to work shows for Border City Wrestling where he finally lost the BCW Television Championship to Alex Shelley on September 9th and, on November 28th, he teamed with Gutter in an unsuccessful attempt to defeat Petey Williams and Bobby Roode for the BCW Tag Team titles.
Sabin's quest for TNA's X Division Championship had also hit some snags, as he lost to then-champion Williams at Turning Point, and came up short at Final Resolution in another Ultimate X match where A.J. Styles won the title from Williams.
On the independent scene, Sabin would regain the BCW TV title from Alex Shelley (with Mick Foley as the special referee) on January 21, 2005 and then, on March 12th, would make his debut for Pro Wrestling Guerrilla, defeating Ricky Reyes. In June, he travelled to NWA Florida and participated in the 2005 Jeff Peterson Memorial Cup. After getting by Delirious, Mikey Batts and Vordell Walker, Sabin defeated Sonjay Dutt in the finals to win the Cup.
Sabin participated in another tournament in August: TNA's Chris Candido Cup tournament, with Shocker as his partner. Although the team of Shocker/Sabin made it to the finals, Shocker turned on Sabin after the loss to Sean Waltman and Alex Shelley.
After a feud with the returning Matt Bentley (formerly Michael Shane) and runs at the X Division Championship, Sabin began teaming with Sonjay Dutt, even making a run at the NWA Tag Team titles, only to be defeated by America's Most Wanted at Against All Odds in February, 2006.
Title aspirations aside, the union of Sabin and Dutt remains intact, as the two men are aligned with Alex Shelley and Jay Lethal as part of Team USA for the upcoming World X Cup.
September 13, 2010: The High Crusade Q&A
September 7, 2010: Shelley, Sabin, Petey jam on debut CD
March 7, 2008: Machineguns motoring in TNA
November 2, 2007: Shelley & Sabin have Guns a-blazin' in TNA
March 4, 2007: Champ Sabin proving to be X-tra special
November 10, 2005: Sabin hails state of TNA
June 4, 2003: Future is now for Chris Sabin
--- compiled by John M. Milner
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