The Shield is one of the greatest factions in WWE history.
WWE really got it right when they paired up former NXT Champion Seth Rollins, Roman Reigns, and Dean Ambrose and sent them off to the main roster to serve as the enforcers of former WWE Champion CM Punk. They made their debut at the Survivor Series pay-per-view (PPV) by interfering in the Triple Threat Match main event for the WWE Title, in which CM Punk defended his title against John Cena and Ryback. At one point all three men held a title as Reigns and Rollins reigned as WWE Tag Team Titles and Ambrose held the United States Championship.
After a few years The Shield had become fan favorites and toppled over Evolution in multiple Six Man Tag Team matches. On an episode of Monday Night RAW following a Shield victory over Evolution at the Payback pay-per-view (PPV), Rollins betrayed Reigns and Ambrose by hitting them in the back with a steel chair, thus ending The Shield's run.
Since then, all three men have reigned as WWE World Champions and have had their time in the spotlight of the main event scene. Currently, Rollins and Ambrose have since reconciled and settled their differences as they have teamed up to defeat Sheamus and Cesaro for the RAW Tag Team Championships.
Reigns is currently involved in a rivalry with John Cena that will seemingly decide who the real face of the WWE truly is. While a Shield reunion is expected to happen soon down the road, all three men seem to be comfortable with what they're doing on TV right now.
Seth Rollins was recently on the Sam Roberts' Wrestling podcast and talked about his days with the Shield. Rollins was asked about what he and his fellow Shield brethren thought once they heard they would be splitting up, and here's what he had to say (quotes via IWNerd):
“It was thrust upon us very quickly. I don’t know if that story [has] been told or not, but we were not prepared so well for the break up – ‘yeah, you’re going this way, you’re going this way, you’re going that way’ sort of thing.
"Well, no, [they did not want to break up] we weren’t ready for it. We thought we had a big babyface run in us, which is what we just started. We had two months with Evolution, having a couple of six-mans. We were like, ‘alright, let’s go!
"This is the idea we have to kind of push ourselves in that direction’ and they were like, ‘no! We need three single’s stars and we need them right now.’
“And I was like, ‘well, if it’s going to be anybody, [there is] no better time than when we were on top of the world, so it worked really well and I was hesitant at first because I didn’t really see it that way, myself as the bad guy of the group.
"But once it was kind of laid out and the ball started rolling in my head, I was like, ‘okay, this is definitely something I can slide into’ and it worked out quite well.”
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