History Wrestling / TheShield

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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Commenting out Zero Context Examples; one trope per bullet; examples must stand alone; Five Bad Band is only to be used for teams of 5 people;
* {{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: ** 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. ** 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: ** 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.\\ \\ 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. \\ \\ 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.\\ \\ 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. \\ \\ 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).\\ \\ 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: UnstoppableRage ** 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).\\ \\ 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).\\ \\ 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.\\ \\ 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).\\ \\ 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.\\ \\ 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."''''' "''

* 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."
2nd Dec '15 8:39:23 AM SomeoneElse17
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* VillainousFriendship: Type I. Even given the fact that Ambrose is liable to fly off the handle at any moment (even towards his own teammates), the three of them clearly had each others' backs and even went on off-camera field trips to the zoo.
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* VillainousFriendship: Type I. Even given the fact that Ambrose is was liable to fly off the handle at any moment (even towards his own teammates), the three of them clearly had each others' backs and even went on off-camera field trips to the zoo.zoo. This continued when they turned face and then, in Dean and Roman's case, after Seth betrayed them and they decided to individualize. And despite Seth's initial claims of merely terminating a business deal, he's given tells that deep down somewhere he does miss the brotherhood.
26th Nov '15 5:37:33 PM SomeoneElse17
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*** There's also [[Wrestling/{{Edge}} the]] [[Wrestling/{{Christian}} original]] [[Wrestling/DavidHeath Brood]]. Three men, including two former heated rivals, come together and form a TerribleTrio whose unconventional tactics combine unity with brutality and leave foes strewn about in their wake. They are absorbed into an evil conspiracy/power trip which they eventually [[ConspiracyRedemption rebel from]] [[MistreatmentInducedBetrayal in response to being manipulated or abused]], resulting in a HeelFaceTurn and a feud against loyal agents of the ever-nefarious PowerStable. Months later, the man regarded as TheChessmaster and TheHeart of the team betrays them out of nowhere, the previous heated rivalry resumes twofold, and the two remaining members remain friends in the aftermath. And that's before getting into Roman Reigns being an unpolished CompositeCharacter of Edge and [[Wrestling/DwayneJohnson the Rock]].
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*** There's also [[Wrestling/{{Edge}} the]] [[Wrestling/{{Christian}} original]] [[Wrestling/DavidHeath Brood]]. Three men, including two former heated rivals, come together and form a TerribleTrio whose unconventional tactics combine unity with brutality and leave foes strewn about in their wake. They are absorbed into an evil conspiracy/power trip which they eventually [[ConspiracyRedemption rebel from]] [[MistreatmentInducedBetrayal in response to being manipulated or abused]], resulting in a HeelFaceTurn and a feud against loyal agents of the ever-nefarious PowerStable. Months later, the man regarded as TheChessmaster and TheHeart of the team betrays them out of nowhere, the previous heated rivalry resumes twofold, and the two remaining members remain friends in the aftermath. And that's before getting into Roman Reigns each man arguably being an unpolished CompositeCharacter a raw {{composite|Character}} of several predecessors, with Edge and [[Wrestling/DwayneJohnson the Rock]].included in all three formulas.
30th Oct '15 6:25:47 PM nombretomado
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* EvilVersusEvil: Teased at one point with an in-ring confrontation with Wrestling/TheWyattFamily that stopped before it went anywhere. Now out in full force as the Family's decision to target JohnCena had the side effect of screwing the Shield out of a championship opportunity, resulting in the Shield challenging the Family to a match set to happen at the ''Elimination Chamber'' pay-per-view.
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* EvilVersusEvil: Teased at one point with an in-ring confrontation with Wrestling/TheWyattFamily that stopped before it went anywhere. Now out in full force as the Family's decision to target JohnCena Wrestling/JohnCena had the side effect of screwing the Shield out of a championship opportunity, resulting in the Shield challenging the Family to a match set to happen at the ''Elimination Chamber'' pay-per-view.

** 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''.
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** JohnCena 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''.
29th Oct '15 5:45:45 PM Nyame
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* NotSoDifferent: In hindsight, to Evolution, something that became even more glaringly obvious after they broke up. Seth has Wrestling/TripleH's ruthlessness, propensity for scheming, and gigantic ego. Dean's as insane as Randy (possibly even more so), and was only driven even more insane by Seth's betrayal, his hatred consuming him to the point of obsession -- much like how Randy started hearing voices because he was ousted from Evolution thanks to Hunter's jealousy. Roman, despite the WWE's ''desperate'' attempts to make him the next Wrestling/JohnCena, shares similarities with Batista, being the power of the group who didn't talk often but nonetheless had a massive presence. Looking back at it now, Hunter must have realized he was looking at a younger Evolution in many ways, which is why he was able to get into Seth's head and manipulate their break up.
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