Monday, June 20, 2016

The night the Shield ruled WWE

Money in the Bank
Courtesy: WWE
By Kevin Hunsperger
@kevinhunsperger & @my123cents on Twitter
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It's safe to say there hasn't been a faction as powerful or impactful in recent history as the Shield. I would argue the first 18 months that Roman Reigns, Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose were as dominate as the early days of the nWo, Evolution and even the Four Horsemen. No, I'm not saying Roman Reigns is a better wrestler than Ric Flair.

The Shield in the early days
Courtesy: WWE
But the three newcomers took the wrestling world by storm, quickly grabbing the United States championship and the tag team titles. They beat everyone put in front of them including trios made up of Superstars like Kane, Undertaker, Randy Orton, Big Show, Sheamus, Triple H, Batista, Daniel Bryan, John Cena and Ryback. 

Two years ago when the trio split everyone wondered who would be the most successful member. Ambrose quickly became my personal favorite with his "lunatic fringe" attitude even though I hate the phrase lunatic fringe. All three men are solid performers. I like different things about each of them. But when Rollins snagged the WWE Heavyweight Champion first, I wasn't surprised.

He was a great champion and only lost it when he had to forfeit it due to an injury. WWE for whatever reason refused to listen to the fans and kept Reigns a good guy, despite the resentment from the crowd. I didn't hate him being champion, but he never seemed comfortable in the position. That's partly on him, but also on WWE for their lack of vision with his character.

Then on June 20, 2016 the unthinkable happened. All three members of the now-defunct Shield held the world title. Reigns dropped it to Rollins and about two minutes later Ambrose walked out with the gold. It's a great story and I can't wait to see the inevitable triple threat match between the three, hopefully at SummerSlam. It'll be one for the ages and hopefully creative won't jump the gun on the match.

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