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The Shield is a World Wrestling Entertainment professional wrestling stable. The Shield originally consisted of Dean Ambrose, Roman Reigns, and Seth Rollins. The group debuted on November 18, 2012 at the Survivor Series pay-per-view, and later declared their intention to fight what they perceive as "injustice". The Shield is disbanded as of June 20, 2014.
Daniel Bryan vs. Seth Rollins – WWE App Vote Match (Raw; June 10, 2013)
WE SAID: Asked to vote for Daniel Bryan’s opponent on the WWE App, WWE fans paved the way for the first WWE meeting of Daniel Bryan and Seth Rollins. Thank God they did. While the two had faced off on several occasions in Ring of Honor, the settings of those matches could not compare to doing battle on global television. Not surprisingly, it was a spectacular match that demonstrated to the world that a younger and hungrier group of WWE Superstars were ready to take over WWE’s main events. In the closing moments of the outstanding athletic contest, Randy Orton thwarted the interference of Roman Reigns, allowing The Beard to catch his opponent with a small package for the win. — @JOEYSTYLES
BRYAN SAID: “Again, this is an aggregate pick. I picked this one because Seth Rollins is an interesting case for me. He was a fan of Ring of Honor when I was main-eventing Ring of Honor, so he would come to shows. And then he main-evented shows at Ring of Honor with me. And then here we are wrestling each other live on Raw. We went out there and had a great match. Our styles just meshed so well. Same thing with …”
Team Hell No & Ryback vs. The Shield — Tables, Ladders & Chairs Match (WWE TLC 2012)
WE SAID: At first glance, the Six-Man Tag Team Tables, Ladders & Chairs Match from WWE TLC 2012 appeared to be the night The Shield emerged as one of sports-entertainment’s most unstoppable factions — and it was. But take another look at the bout and you might notice a transformation that began on that evening. Up until that point in his WWE career, Daniel Bryan had been seen as a mix between a great in-ring technician and a lighthearted comedy act. It was TLC 2012 where he finally proved his tenacity. The brutality of the encounter would be a precursor to the year-and-a-half journey to the WWE World Heavyweight Championship that Bryan was about to embark upon. Whether he was shaking off a double superplex through a table or fighting back after getting his face crushed through a chair, one thing about Daniel Bryan became very clear on that night — he always got back up. — RYAN PAPPOLLA
BRYAN SAID: “I really liked the Tables, Ladders & Chairs Match from 2012. It was fun because it was The Shield’s first match and the tables, ladders, chairs and all that stuff added a certain element to it, an excitement, and people didn’t know what they were going to get out of The Shield. I think it set the precedent for what The Shield would go on to do from then, just having the best matches and stealing the show nearly every night.”
Team Hell No & The Undertaker vs. The Shield (Raw, April 22, 2013)
WE SAID: Behold, one and all, what may well go down as a once-in-a-lifetime event, never to be preceded or repeated again in this universe or any of the others that follow: Daniel Bryan, just weeks before reaching the peak of his powers and exploding out of the post-Team Hell No gate, uniting with not just his hug buddy Kane but his markedly-less affectionate brother, The Undertaker, against the most dominant faction there ever has been in WWE. There were masterful performances by all six Superstars, but it was Bryan who truly rose to the occasion. As a collective, The Shield were beyond reproach even then, Kane and Undertaker are and have been institutions for years, but Bryan was still a bit of a wildcard. Much of his top-tier success had been predicated on chicanery and showmanship, not the pure, in-ring talent that brought him to the dance in the first place. The question of whether Bryan could truly,trulyhang with the big boys was still up in the air. He answered it, resoundingly, in this match, a black-sheep Brother of Destruction if there ever was one. — ANTHONY BENIGNO
BRYAN SAID: “I loved teaming with Kane the whole time I was [in Team Hell No]. It was hard for me to pick only two matches with Kane. But the two I picked were both Six-Man Tags, and this one in particular was cool, because I had never gotten to share the ring with The Undertaker except for that one night. Doing it with Kane against The Shield was just a lot of fun.”
How glorious will it be when the planets align, Mercury falls into retrograde and Dean Ambrose, Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns finally step into the ring against each other?
These guys had their squabbles in The Shield, but have splintered off into different directions since the split, with Rollins siding with The Authority, Ambrose wreaking havoc, and Reigns becoming Superstar of the Year. Given that all three are shoe-ins for future WWE World Heavyweight Championship contention, it’s only a matter of time before their paths cross. The champion of the future may come down to a Triple Threat. Believe that. — ANTHONY BENIGNO
#7 Team Hell No & Ryback vs. The Shield – WWE TLC 2012
No one knew what to expect from The Shield at WWE TLC 2012. Dean Ambrose, Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns had never officially competed in a WWE ring before their Tables, Ladders and Chairs Match against Team Hell No & Ryback. However, in the first-ever Six Man Tag Team TLC Match, The Shield made it clear that they were not rookie pushovers. The Hounds of Justice showed their smarts, isolating Ryback and putting him through a table with their signature Triple Powerbomb.
The WWE Tag Team Champions and The Human Wrecking Ball put up a valiant effort in the brutal contest. Kane chokeslammed Ambrose through a steel chair, Ryback yanked Rollins off a ladder and sent him crashing through a stack of tables, while Daniel Bryan put up a heroic effort in fighting off Reigns and Ambrose. In the end, however, the unparalleled teamwork of The Shield prevailed. Reigns speared Kane through the guardrail at ringside, then powerbombed Bryan through a table to give The Hounds of Justice their first win in impressive fashion.
Sometimes, even the most dastardly Superstars see the errors of their ways and decide to fight for what’s good. But which moment where a bad guy went good was the best ever? Cast your vote in the first round of Bracketology, presented by Skylanders Trap Team! Click here or the picture above to vote!
#92 Team Hell No & Randy Orton vs. The Shield: SmackDown, June 14, 2013
The Shield debuted at Survivor Series 2012 and carved a path of destruction that appeared to have no end in sight. In this Friday night clash, however, the trio would finally be stopped. In the midst of complete disorder with bodies flying everywhere, Kane hurled Seth Rollins off the top rope and into the waiting RKO of The Viper. While the WWE Universe was still catching its breath, Daniel Bryan snapped in the “No!” Lock and made his black-clad adversary tap out. The victory put to rest the idea that Bryan was a “weak link” and proved The Shield could be beaten. — MITCH PASSERO
#46 Team Hell No & Ryback vs. The Shield – TLC Match: WWE TLC 2012
Has there ever been a better coming-out party in WWE history than that of The Shield? Not only did Dean Ambrose, Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns formally debut by going after the biggest, baddest dog in the yard (that’d be Ryback), but their first match was against that same guy,andthe most dominant Tag Team Champions since D-Generation X, in a Tables, Ladders and Chairs Match in WWE’s Brooklyn debut.
If you want glorious, Attitude-Era chaos in the PG Era, check out this match, which featured some inspired steel chair work and a wince-inducing tumble through three tables by Seth Rollins en route to a Shield victory from which The Hounds of Justice never looked back. — ANTHONY BENIGNO
#38 The Shield vs. The Wyatt Family: Elimination Chamber 2014
Believe in The Shield or follow the buzzards? That was the question on the minds of many in the WWE Universe throughout the winter of 2014. In the weeks leading up to the Elimination Chamber pay-per-view, The Wyatt Family cost the members of The Shield an opportunity to compete inside the sinister structure for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship. But as Bray emphatically told the Hounds of Justice, “I welcome this war!” The buzzards eliminated Dean Ambrose and put Seth Rollins through an announce table before Bray pinned Roman Reigns for the victory and solidified The Wyatts as a dark, commanding presence within WWE. — GREG ADKINS
The Shield vs. The Usos – WWE Tag Team Championship Match (Money in the Bank Kickoff 2013)
“One match that kind of goes under the radar a bit – and it is notable because I’ve seen it kind of talked about from time to time, commonly referred to as an underrated match – is our Kickoff match against The Usos in the [WWE] Tag Team Championship Match at Money in the Bank last year. It was me and Roman against The Usos and it was one of our first pay-per-views where we weren’t on the actual pay-per-view, and I know I took that very personally. As someone who fancies himself as a star and as a big name and always brings the heavy wood when it’s pay-per-view time, to be left off was really disappointing, so we all wanted to steal the show. We all wanted to make them take notice like, ‘Hey, you’re not leaving me off another show.’ Being on the Kickoff’s not a bad thing; you have a lot of time, you’re the first match, the first thing the crowd sees. We took advantage of that, and it was pretty awesome.” – SETH ROLLINS