For nearly three years, the world of WWE was dominated by a trio of young stars, fresh up from NXT. These men weren’t prepared to pay their dues, and wait for an opportunity to be handed to them. These men insisted on taking what they wanted, when they wanted, how they wanted. These men were The Shield. Consisting of Roman Reigns, Dean Ambrose, and Seth Rollins, The Shield are generally considered one of the greatest wrestling factions in recent memory, with all three members going on to be main event caliber talent.
Since The Shield’s breakup in 2014, Reigns, Ambrose, and Rollins have been mostly content to pursue their singles careers. That is until Ambrose and Rollins recently decided to make a go of it as a tag team, winning the Raw Tag Team Championships from Cesaro and Sheamus. While two thirds of the group had reunited, Reigns remained on the outside looking in, at least until The Miz decided to make it a point to both verbally antagonize and physically assault him.
With The Miztourage – and later Cesaro and Sheamus – serving as Miz’s backup, Reigns was beaten down and embarrassed on the last two editions of Raw. Miz began this week’s episode by gloating about his ability to repeatedly triumph over Reigns, only for the “Big Dog” to surprise the self-proclaimed A-lister with a full-on Shield reunion. The “Hounds of Justice” went on the hunt as if it were 2013 again, taking out Miz’s buddies, then cornering him in the ring. In classic Shield fashion, the trio then destroyed Miz with their trademark triple powerbomb.
The bad news for The Miz didn’t end with Raw’s opening segment though, as brand GM Kurt Angle subsequently booked a massive six-man-tag main event for the upcoming TLC pay-per-view. Miz, Cesaro and Sheamus will take on The Shield at the show, in a Tables, Ladders, and Chairs match. For reference, The Shield has an almost spotless track record in 6-man-tag matches, and actually made their pay-per-view debut in a TLC match. In other words, The Miz has reason to worry.
Not content to just brutalize The Miz and call it a night, The Shield would return later on to attack Braun Strowman. The “Monster Among Men” has been a thorn in the side of all three Shield members in the last few months, but together, Reigns, Ambrose, and Rollins were able to bring the menacing behemoth down to size. Strowman also felt The Shield’s triple powerbomb, this time through the announce table. Unfortunately, this deed wasn’t without consequences, as Braun was then added to Miz’s team at TLC. Still, even with Braun in the match, Miz is probably in for a long, painful night on October 22.
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