With The Shield victorious at Fastlane for the 'final time' together as it was branded, it was time for the trio to go their separate ways again.
Arguably the greatest WWE faction of the last ten years gave their farewell address to kick-start Monday Night Raw, in which Roman Reigns signalled his intentions to have a singles match on the red brand for the first time in five months.
Reigns also hinted that Dean Ambrose had some business to take care of, and then left Seth Rollins in the ring on his own as he prepared to address his WrestleMania opponent, the Universal Champion Brock Lesnar.
Before he could do that though, Lesnar's advocate Paul Heyman interrupted proceedings and waxed lyrical about his conqueror before getting in a war of words with Rollins.
Lesnar, as per usual, was not there to defend his honour, but Rollins was jumped from behind by none-other than Shelton Benjamin, who incidentally is a SmackDown superstar - seemingly the brand split means nothing to him.
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After Benjamin punished the Kingslayer with three Lesnar-esque german suplexes, Raw returned to television screens after an ad break to an already-started singles match between the former three-time Intercontinental Champion and Rollins.
Naturally Rollins picked up the victory in the end, but aside from a brief comment by Heyman whilst on commentary the fans at home didn't get a full explanation as to why Benjamin was doing Lesnar's dirty work.
The live crowd in Pittsburgh however were given closure by Heyman during the ad break as to what was occurring.
“Since you’d like to know Brock Lesnar, here’s someone who knows Brock Lesnar," Heyman told the crowd.
"Ladies and gentlemen, the assistant coach of Brock Lesnar, from the University of Minnesota - a far better University than Penn State, I might add - the training partner of Brock Lesnar when Brock Lesnar broke into WWE, the only man who was a steady tag team partner for Brock Lesnar anywhere on the face of the planet, I give to you the man that just handed Seth Rollins his own very tuchus, ladies and gentlemen, Shelton Benjamin.”
Whilst it will have been known to ardent wrestling fans that Benjamin and Lesnar were the 'Minnesota Stretching Crew' back in Ohio Valley Wrestling in the early 2000s, not everyone in the WWE Universe is privy to such information.
WWE have since released footage of Heyman's promo onto social media, and the whole segment worked for a number of reasons; it gave Rollins a win on the Road to WrestleMania, it gave an under-used talent like Benjamin some much-needed airtime and there was a legitimate back-story behind it, so props to the company for some good writing.News Now - Sport News