5 Things You Might Not Know About The Shield

The Shield was arguably the greatest faction during WWE’s Reality Era. The Hounds of Justice mowed through opponents in their bid to cement their hold on the main roster. Seth Rollins, Dean Ambrose and Roman Reigns had unbelievable chemistry with each and used it to become the highlight of WWE for years to come. That being said, here are five things you might not know about The Shield.

WWE Commentators Were Told To Excessively Hype Their Debut

The Shield made their main roster debut at the Survivor Series pay-per-view event in 2012. They interfered during the show’s main event, hitting their signature powerbomb on Ryback and allowing CM Punk to pin John Cena and retain the WWE Championship in the process.

WWE Commentators Were Told To Excessively Hype Their Debut

If you may recall, each member of the group was mentioned by name as soon as they appeared on screen. This is because WWE announcers were told to excessively hype the trio’s debut and they did a great job verbally selling their offense.

They Continued To Perform On NXT Even After Their Main Roster Debut

Rollins, Ambrose and Reigns continued to perform on NXT after making their main roster debut at Survivor Series. For those not in the know, Rollins was still the NXT Champion the time the trio debuted but the fact wasn’t mentioned on WWE TV.

They Continued To Perform On NXT Even After Their Main Roster Debut

The Shield pulled off double duty for some time before leaving the black and gold brand altogether for the main roster. On NXT, the group feuded with the likes of Corey Graves and Adrian Neville, whom you might know as PAC.

The First Shield Triple Threat Match Took Place In FCW

All three members of The Shield worked in FCW before it got rebranded as NXT. This is where they had one of the two triple threat matches of their WWE career. Roman Reigns won the match after pinning Dean Ambrose.

The First Shield Triple Threat Match Took Place In FCW

The FCW match in question took place in 2012. Four years later, the trio fought amongst themselves for Ambrose’s WWE Championship at the Battleground premium live event. This time, it was Ambrose who pinned Reigns for the win.

They Were Originally Supposed To Carry Shields To The Ring

Back when The Shield debuted, the plan was for them to carry shields to the ring. You know the ones cops carry to squash riots. Yes, you read that right. Dean Ambrose talked about the earlier plans for the group during his podcast interview with “Stone Cold” Steve Austin.

They Were Originally Supposed To Carry Shields To The Ring

However, Vince McMahon took a look at the trio backstage with the props and questioned whether they really needed the shields. As a result, the idea was nixed. Imagine The Shield entering from the crowd holding prop shields.

Big E Almost Joined The Shield

It’s hard to imagine The New Day without Big E. Back in 2012, WWE pitched for Big E to join the ultra-destructive group. That didn’t happen and Big E ended up joining Kofi Kingston and Xavier Woods in the New Day.

Big E Almost Joined The Shield

Big E was regarded for the role of team powerhouse before the Big Dog joined the group as its enforcer. Both groups would go on to receive tremendous success on WWE TV and that’s what matters at the end of the day.

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