History Wrestling / TheShield

21st Jun '16 7:07:48 AM LocustPorridge
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At one point during the time the stable was active, each member held a WWE title: Ambrose was WWE United States Champion (and holds the record for longest reign of any United States champion since WWE acquired the title from WCW), and Reigns and Rollins were WWE Tag Team Champions together under the banner of the Shield. Rollins also held the NXT Championship early on in the Shield's run.

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At one point during the time the stable was active, each member held a WWE title: Ambrose was WWE United States Champion (and holds the record for longest reign of any United States champion since WWE acquired the title from WCW), and Reigns and Rollins were WWE Tag Team Champions together under the banner of the Shield. Rollins also held the NXT Championship early on in the Shield's run.
run. Each member would also eventually go on to win the WWE World Heavyweight Championship.
20th Jun '16 8:21:10 AM BlackYakuzu94
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* BreakupBreakout: Surprisingly averted. Near the end of their tenure, it was pretty clear that Reigns was chosen as WWE's next top babyface, and began giving him a bigger emphasis. However even after their dissolution and Reigns` thrust into the spotlight, Ambrose and Rollins have both had notable success. Rollins` betrayal of the team led to him becoming the top heel of the company for a while, and he even pinned Reigns to win his first WWE Championship. Ambrose is the "least" successful of the three, but he's ''the'' EnsembleDarkhorse and easily one of the company's most popular stars since Wrestling/DanielBryan and every match he participates in is always a fan favorite.
19th Jun '16 8:42:59 PM KantonKage
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* {{Irony}}: Each member beat another who lost to the other member in order to capture their first WWE World Heavyweight championship. Rollins defeat Reigns who later defeats Ambrose who defeats Rollins.
26th Feb '16 12:37:04 PM SomeoneElse17
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* MeaningfulName: The Shield name's inspiration, while obvious, becomes more significant when you remember both the FX show's Strike Team, which they more resemble as heels (taking bribes and protecting clients based on who pays the most), and the Marvel Comics agency, which they more resemble as faces (efficiently dispensing justice from the shadows).
17th Dec '15 6:22:31 AM JamesAustin
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** Wrestling/JohnCena once rallied the entire locker room to come out on the Shield to let them know they weren't going to let them continue to get away with their attacks. This probably would have spelled the end of the trio, if it weren't for the fact that they ''never did this again''.
*** FridgeBrilliance: Of course not. Not long after this event, the Shield were brought on as the muscle for Wrestling/TheAuthority, and Cena (probably the only person in the locker room that would have had the pull to try this again) went down with an injury. Perhaps the only other person who would have the clout to deal with them was CM Punk, and he was too obsessed with Paul Heyman at the time to deal with the Authority. Everyone was too scared of getting fired to mount up any resistance against them.

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** Wrestling/JohnCena once rallied the entire locker room to come out on the Shield to let them know they weren't going to let them continue to get away with their attacks. This probably would have spelled the end of the trio, if it weren't for the fact that they ''never did this again''.
*** FridgeBrilliance: Of course not.
again'': Not long after this event, the Shield were brought on as the muscle for Wrestling/TheAuthority, and Cena (probably the only person in the locker room that would have had the pull to try this again) went down with an injury. Perhaps the only other person who would have the clout to deal with them was CM Punk, and he was too obsessed with Paul Heyman at the time to deal with the Authority. Everyone was too scared of getting fired to mount up any resistance against them.
15th Dec '15 2:30:32 PM VenomLancerHae
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15th Dec '15 12:25:59 PM VenomLancerHae
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* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}: '''Dean Ambrose.''' So, so much.

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%% * {{Cloudcuckoolander}}: '''Dean Ambrose.''' So, so much.



* {{Combat Pragmatist}}s: Applies to each member of the group

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* {{Combat Pragmatist}}s: CombatPragmatist: Applies to each member members of the groupgroup.



* CoolMask[=/=]MalevolentMaskedMen: [[http://geekynikki.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/3Nfozp4.jpg Oh, yeah.]] They debuted these entrance-only masks at ''[=WrestleMania=] XXX'', but didn't wear them in every entrance from then on. They all stopped wearing them entirely when the group split.

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* CoolMask[=/=]MalevolentMaskedMen: CoolMask: [[http://geekynikki.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/3Nfozp4.jpg Oh, yeah.]] They debuted these entrance-only masks at ''[=WrestleMania=] XXX'', but didn't wear them in every entrance from then on. They all stopped wearing them entirely when the group split.



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* EnemyMine: Inverted, then played straight on the November 11, 2013 episode of Monday Night Raw. After interfering in the main event, [[{{Heel}} the Wyatt Family]] finds itself in the ring with the teams of [[{{Heel}} Dean Ambrose/Seth Rollins]] and [[{{Face}} CM Punk/Daniel Bryan.]] CM Punk shoves Rollins into [[Wrestling/BrodieLee Luke Harper]], who in turn pushes Rollins away, damn near out of the ring. Rollins takes exception, and boom. Two heel teams going at it, despite a common enemy... until they realize that they should go after Punk and Bryan instead of fighting one another.

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* EnemyMine: EnemyMine:
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Inverted, then played straight on the November 11, 2013 episode of Monday Night Raw. After interfering in the main event, [[{{Heel}} the Wyatt Family]] finds itself in the ring with the teams of [[{{Heel}} Dean Ambrose/Seth Rollins]] and [[{{Face}} CM Punk/Daniel Bryan.]] CM Punk shoves Rollins into [[Wrestling/BrodieLee Luke Harper]], who in turn pushes Rollins away, damn near out of the ring. Rollins takes exception, and boom. Two heel teams going at it, despite a common enemy... until they realize that they should go after Punk and Bryan instead of fighting one another.



* HeroKiller:
** See {{Badass}} above.
** The last we saw of The Undertaker in 2013, he was getting mauled by The Hounds of Justice, effectively killing him (or at least his screen time).
* HonorBeforeReason[=/=]IdiotBall:

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* HeroKiller:
** See {{Badass}} above.
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HeroKiller: The last we saw of The Undertaker in 2013, he was getting mauled by The Hounds of Justice, effectively killing him (or at least his screen time).
* HonorBeforeReason[=/=]IdiotBall:HonorBeforeReason:



* TheJuggernaut: They are this as a collective. They've been forced into retreat once or twice when the numbers were even, but they've never been laid out in the middle of a ring and they STILL (and this is going on six months now) haven't lost a match as a team on PPV, having taken on and defeated pretty much all of WWE's main event faces at some point or another during that time span.

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* TheJuggernaut: TheJuggernaut:
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They are this as a collective. They've been forced into retreat once or twice when the numbers were even, but they've never been laid out in the middle of a ring and they STILL (and this is going on six months now) haven't lost a match as a team on PPV, having taken on and defeated pretty much all of WWE's main event faces at some point or another during that time span.



* TeethClenchedTeamwork: Downplayed, but still very apparent. Whether or not you believe Seth Rollins is the only reason that the team hasn't imploded (due to Reigns' and Ambrose's constant bickering), when they need to send a message or actually get into physical confrontations (with rival wrestlers/stables), they work as a unit better than (arguably) any three-man team in WWE history. They pretty much pretend that nothing's wrong amongst the three of them, and you'd never know that's false if you only watched certain instances of The Shield's interaction with one another.\\
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Then, things went from "Downplayed" to "UpToEleven" in less than a week. Following Seth Rollins' RageQuit on the March 3, 2014 episode of Raw, Rollins called for a "Summit of The Shield" on [[Wrestling/WWESmackDown SmackDown]] four days later. After some angry verbal jousting between himself and Ambrose, [[AxCrazy Dean lost his cool]] ([[SarcasmMode shocker]]) and shoved Rollins... twice. Then Roman Reigns pushed Ambrose in response. Then Rollins slapped Ambrose. Then Ambrose slugged Rollins in the mouth. \\
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At this point, [[InspirationalMartyr Seth Rollins refused to retaliate and took one for the team]], before imploring Reigns and Ambrose to place their fists next to his in [[HandshakeSubstitute The Shield's established "Together we stand" pose.]] They both did.

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* TeethClenchedTeamwork: Downplayed, but still very apparent. Whether or not you believe Seth Rollins is the only reason that the team hasn't imploded (due to Reigns' and Ambrose's constant bickering), when they need to send a message or actually get into physical confrontations (with rival wrestlers/stables), they work as a unit better than (arguably) any three-man team in WWE history. They pretty much pretend that nothing's wrong amongst the three of them, and you'd never know that's false if you only watched certain instances of The Shield's interaction with one another.\\
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another.. Then, things went from "Downplayed" to "UpToEleven" in less than a week. Following Seth Rollins' RageQuit on the March 3, 2014 episode of Raw, Rollins called for a "Summit of The Shield" on [[Wrestling/WWESmackDown SmackDown]] four days later. After some angry verbal jousting between himself and Ambrose, [[AxCrazy Dean lost his cool]] ([[SarcasmMode shocker]]) and shoved Rollins... twice. Then Roman Reigns pushed Ambrose in response. Then Rollins slapped Ambrose. Then Ambrose slugged Rollins in the mouth. \\
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At this point, [[InspirationalMartyr Seth Rollins refused to retaliate and took one for the team]], before imploring Reigns and Ambrose to place their fists next to his in [[HandshakeSubstitute The Shield's established "Together we stand" pose.]] They both did.



* [[FiveBadBand Three-Bad Band]]: They tend to serve the {{Big Bad}}s and [[TheDragon Dragons]], with no telling who serves those roles within the Shield itself, but each member otherwise fits neatly into a particular role:
** TheBrute: Roman Reigns. He is by far the largest and most muscular. He also talks the least (but when he does, it's usually REALLY LOUD), and he does the most heavy lifting on the trio.
** TheDarkChick: Dean Ambrose, the {{Cloudcuckoolander}} AxCrazy WildCard. Whereas Reigns and Rollins are often collected, Ambrose seems to be perpetually on the verge of snapping and acts erratic and just flat-out strange. He's by far the most, ah, "colorful" member of the group.
** TheEvilGenius: Seth Rollins. The Architect, he claims credit for knowing how to control Ambrose and Reigns and harness their abilities.
* [[FiveManBand Three-Man Band]]: What The Shield shifts into following its HeelFaceTurn. They seemed to be operating more independently, so there isn't an outside party to fill in as TheLeader or TheLancer, but which member is which depends on your view of them and which point in time you're talking about, as it's very flexible and they often swap the roles. However, they again fit into the leftover roles pretty well:
** TheBigGuy: [[Wrestling/RomanReigns Who do you think, wise guy?]]
** TheChick: Rollins, due to being TheHeart and most [[OnlySaneMan sensible]] of the team as well as getting assigned the traditionally Chick role as the weak member targeted by evil-doers looking to make a statement against The Shield.
** TheSmartGuy: Rollins, natch. Ambrose comes closest to fitting these tropes out of the three, if you read him as a [[DeadpanSnarker wise-cracking]] {{trickster}} type of character.
* [[FiveTokenBand Three-Token Band]]: Armenian Seth Rollins, Samoan Roman Reigns, and Caucasian Dean Ambrose.



* UnstoppableRage[=/=]VillainousValour:
** In a traditional five-on-five Survivor Series tag-team elimination match, Reigns and Rollins found themselves at a five-on-two disadvantage (much different than what The Hounds are used to) towards the end of the bout. Two Spears from Roman Reigns take out Jimmy Uso and Cody Rhodes. Rollins' curb stomp ("The Blackout") then eliminates Jey Uso. After Rey Mysterio pins Rollins, Reigns is alone against Rey and Goldust. Two Spears later, Roman Reigns has pinned both men, giving him four of the five eliminations for his team (tying a record for Survivor Series 5-on-5 matches).\\
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There was very minimal cheating[[note]]and none from Reigns-- Rollins attacked Mysterio after being eliminated[[/note]], no fluke pins in their favor, and no ref bumps: just two teammates who, together, combined to be [[FallacyOfDivision greater than the sum of their talents.]] Their teamwork and level of skill was so good that their cohesion as a group negated the fact that they were outnumbered '''five to two''' ''and'' that they were heels!

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* UnstoppableRage[=/=]VillainousValour:
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** In a traditional five-on-five Survivor Series tag-team elimination match, Reigns and Rollins found themselves at a five-on-two disadvantage (much different than what The Hounds are used to) towards the end of the bout. Two Spears from Roman Reigns take out Jimmy Uso and Cody Rhodes. Rollins' curb stomp ("The Blackout") then eliminates Jey Uso. After Rey Mysterio pins Rollins, Reigns is alone against Rey and Goldust. Two Spears later, Roman Reigns has pinned both men, giving him four of the five eliminations for his team (tying a record for Survivor Series 5-on-5 matches).\\
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There was very minimal cheating[[note]]and none from Reigns-- Rollins attacked Mysterio after being eliminated[[/note]], no fluke pins in their favor, and no ref bumps: just two teammates who, together, combined to be [[FallacyOfDivision greater than the sum of their talents.]] Their teamwork and level of skill was so good that their cohesion as a group negated the fact that they were outnumbered '''five to two''' ''and'' that they were heels!



* VitriolicBestBuds: Downplayed between Reigns and Ambrose, since the tension was glaringly obvious. Calling the two "best buds" would probably be a lie (at least before Rollins' [[FaceHeelTurn heel turn]]). At some point, Ambrose's admittedly impressive (if not just long) reign as United States Champion massively inflated his ego, to the point that he declared himself the best individual wrestler in The Shield. This is despite the fact that Roman Reigns damn near squashed Wrestling/MarkHenry on the February 17, 2014 edition of Raw, when Ambrose got dominated by the World's Strongest Man the week before. Reigns, at the time, also had a (tied) Survivor-Series record, and a standalone Royal-Rumble record, to his name (see UnstoppableRage[=/=]VillainousValour above).\\
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The only thing Ambrose really had going for him was his status as United States Champion-- a title he defended a grand total of 16 times in 351 days before losing it on the May 5, 2014 episode of Monday Night Raw. That's an average of about once every 22 days; most champions are expected to defend their titles every other week at the very least... plus the fact that 9 of those 16 matches ended in DQ or count-out.\\
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After the team nearly experienced a meltdown in late 2013/early 2014, Ambrose's ego seems to have cooled down significantly, however, as has the tension within The Shield. Even through Rollins' betrayal, or perhaps because of it, Dean and Roman don't seem to be missing a beat.

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* VitriolicBestBuds: Downplayed between Reigns and Ambrose, since the tension was glaringly obvious. Calling the two "best buds" would probably be a lie (at least before Rollins' [[FaceHeelTurn heel turn]]). At some point, Ambrose's admittedly impressive (if not just long) reign as United States Champion massively inflated his ego, to the point that he declared himself the best individual wrestler in The Shield. This is despite the fact that Roman Reigns damn near squashed Wrestling/MarkHenry on the February 17, 2014 edition of Raw, when Ambrose got dominated by the World's Strongest Man the week before. Reigns, at the time, also had a (tied) Survivor-Series record, and a standalone Royal-Rumble record, to his name (see UnstoppableRage[=/=]VillainousValour above).\\
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The only thing Ambrose really had going for him was his status as United States Champion-- a title he defended a grand total of 16 times in 351 days before losing it on the May 5, 2014 episode of Monday Night Raw. That's an average of about once every 22 days; most champions are expected to defend their titles every other week at the very least... plus the fact that 9 of those 16 matches ended in DQ or count-out.\\
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After the team nearly experienced a meltdown in late 2013/early 2014, Ambrose's ego seems to have cooled down significantly, however, as has the tension within The Shield. Even through Rollins' betrayal, or perhaps because of it, Dean and Roman don't seem to be missing a beat.



* [[WhatHappenedToTheMouse What Happened to the Fringe?]]:

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15th Dec '15 11:47:04 AM JamesAustin
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->'''''"We're not renegades. We're not mercenaries. We're not Wrestling/TheNexus. If you're lookin' for the [[Wrestling/NewWorldOrder nWo]], go buy the DVD. We're about principles. We're about honor. Where honor no longer exists, we're going to step in. We're a shield from injustice... we are The Shield."'''''

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->'''''"We're ->''"We're not renegades. We're not mercenaries. We're not Wrestling/TheNexus. If you're lookin' for the [[Wrestling/NewWorldOrder nWo]], go buy the DVD. We're about principles. We're about honor. Where honor no longer exists, we're going to step in. We're a shield from injustice... we are The Shield."'''''
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* AntiHero: Similar tactics, different targets.

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* AntiHero: Similar tactics, After they turned face, The Shield continued displaying similar tactics to the ones they used as heels, just against different targets.
3rd Dec '15 8:11:07 AM SomeoneElse17
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** After the group broke up, Rollins said that he had never considered Reigns and Ambrose "brothers". He said they were "business partners" and that they'd taken him as far as they could, so when Wrestling/TripleH made him an offer, he made a business decision and took it. There have been hints that he was lying about the "we were never brothers" part, though.

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** After the group broke up, Rollins said that he had never considered Reigns and Ambrose "brothers". He said they were "business partners" and that they'd taken him as far as they could, so when Wrestling/TripleH made him an offer, he made a business decision and took it. There have been hints that he was lying about the "we were never brothers" part, though.though, most likely to convince himself.
3rd Dec '15 8:10:54 AM SomeoneElse17
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** After the group broke up, Rollins said that he had never considered Reigns and Ambrose "brothers." He said they were "business partners" and that they'd taken him as far as they could, so when TripleH made him an offer, he made a business decision and took it.
* PseudoCrisis: [[Wrestling/VinceMcMahon Vince]] and [[Wrestling/StephanieMcMahon Stephanie]] are in the ring and the Shield interrupts them as the show goes to commercial! What will The Shield do to the [=McMahons=]? What awesome storyline will start? And... nothing happens. The [=McMahons=] "leave the ring without incident."

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** After the group broke up, Rollins said that he had never considered Reigns and Ambrose "brothers." "brothers". He said they were "business partners" and that they'd taken him as far as they could, so when TripleH Wrestling/TripleH made him an offer, he made a business decision and took it.
it. There have been hints that he was lying about the "we were never brothers" part, though.
* PseudoCrisis: [[Wrestling/VinceMcMahon Vince]] Wrestling/{{Vince|McMahon}} and [[Wrestling/StephanieMcMahon Stephanie]] Wrestling/{{Stephanie|McMahon}} are in the ring and the Shield interrupts them as the show goes to commercial! What will The Shield do to the [=McMahons=]? What awesome storyline will start? And... nothing happens. The [=McMahons=] "leave the ring without incident."
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