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[[caption-width-right:350:The Hounds of Justice[[note]]From left to right: Roman Reigns, Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins.[[/note]]]]

->''"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."''

'''SIERRA. HOTEL. INDIA. ECHO. LIMA. DELTA.''' '''''SHIELD'''''.

The Shield (nicknamed [[RedBaron The Hounds of Justice]]) is a professional wrestling stable in Wrestling/{{WWE}}, founded by Wrestling/DeanAmbrose, Wrestling/RomanReigns, and Wrestling/SethRollins. The black-clad group debuted in November 2012 at the Survivor Series pay-per-view during the Wrestling/CMPunk vs. Wrestling/JohnCena vs. {{Wrestling/Ryback}} Triple Threat match for the WWE Championship. The trio made an immediate impact as they attacked Ryback and put him through the announcer table, using their triple powerbomb maneuver to incapacitate him. After that, The Shield ran rampant in WWE, destroying anyone who got in their way. As part of their gimmick, their goal was "bringing justice" to WWE, even if it meant attacking fan-favorite wrestlers for no apparent reason.

By August 19, 2013 ''Raw'', they were clearly the hired goons of Wrestling/TheAuthority, the new group of Vince and Stephanie [=McMahon=], Triple H, Randy Orton, Kane, and Brad Maddox. The group began to distance itself from the Authority in 2014, ultimately pulling a [[HeelFaceTurn face turn]] and finally breaking away from the Authority the night after ''[[{{WrestleMania}} [=WrestleMania=] XXX]]''. As a result of said distancing, the Authority re-formed Wrestling/{{Evolution}} to deal with the Shield & the two factions feuded until the night after ''Payback'', when Rollins turned on Ambrose and Reigns. Reigns and Ambrose, whilst still remaining allies, went their separate ways the following week.

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. Each member would also eventually go on to win the WWE World Heavyweight Championship (by pinning one of the others, no less).

On the October 9, 2017 episode of ''Raw,'' the Shield finally officially reunited when Rollins and Ambrose joined Reigns again to destroy Wrestling/TheMiz, his Miztourage (Wrestling/CurtisAxel and Creator/BoDallas), Wrestling/BraunStrowman, [[Wrestling/ClaudioCastagnoli Cesaro]] and Wrestling/{{Sheamus}}.

Not to be confused with the [[Series/TheShield FX cop drama]], the Creator/MarvelComics [[ComicBook/{{SHIELD}} agency]] or the Franchise/ArchieComics [[CaptainPatriotic superhero]].

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* AlternateCompanyEquivalent:
** In aesthetic, tactics and roles, The Shield strongly resembled the Japanese stable Crazy MAX from [[Wrestling/DragonGate Toryumon Japan.]] They similarly wore black military outfits, came through the crowd, used tight teamwork which made them difficult to beat, had a characteristic aura of invincibility, and were also a TerribleTrio composed of a cocky leader figure (Cima/Rollins), an energetic psycho (Suwa/Ambrose) and a quiet brute (Don Fujii/Reigns).
** A heel faction containing some of the best workers in the company combining brutal tactics with complete unison between the members and a sense of righteous purpose which some fans actually agree with, subsequently becoming super popular in spite of their villainous status as a result. They eventually come to serve as the enforcers for somebody's power trip/conspiracy, only to eventually turn against said outfit and make their purpose true as a face faction. Moreover, this doesn't seem to have ever been the original plan. Now who are we talking about, the Shield or Wrestling/{{TNA}}'s Wrestling/{{Fortune}} stable?
* AnimalMotif: The Shield were frequently paralleled to a pack of wolves during their gang attacks, which eventually escalated to them being nicknamed the Hounds of Justice & referring to the WWE ring as their "yard" - understandably, they used this as part of their feud against Wrestling/TheUndertaker during his run in 2013. Their entrance video & merchandise, whilst still retaining the overall theme of a mercenary group, added similar elements - for example, the opening of their entrance video changed from spelling out "SHIELD" as the NATO Military Alphabet was spelt out in their theme song, to the glowing eyes of three rabid dogs.
* AntiHero: After they turned face, The Shield continued displaying similar tactics to the ones they used as heels, just against different targets.
* ArcWords: '''JUSTICE.'''
* ArchEnemy: The Shield made it a point to make a ''lot'' of enemies on the roster, but make no mistake, they did have their favorite targets and/or those that managed to get under their skin at times.
** Wrestling/TeamHellNo, culminating in Rollins and Reigns taking the WWE Tag Team Championship away from them. At the same time, Team Hell No along with Randy Orton were responsible for their first defeat in six-man tag matches.
** Wrestling/TheWyattFamily, probably their most prominent one. The Wyatt Family's interference in one of the Shield's six-man tag team matches caused a DQ loss for the team, locking them out of the 2014 Elimination Chamber. The Wyatts consistently got the best of them until [[ThirdTimesTheCharm their third match together]], and even after both trios broke up, Bray Wyatt still makes it a point to torment the Shield boys. The only one he hasn't gone after is Rollins, and that's most likely because Rollins was a heel and firmly under the protection of the Authority. After Rollins turned back to face and Bray was traded back to RAW, Rollins immediately became one of his next targets.
** Wrestling/{{Evolution}}. Hunter knew they were going to be a problem if left unchecked, especially after they defected from the Authority, and re-formed his old stable to deal with them. Unlike the above examples, the Shield did establish their superiority over Evolution, remaining undefeated in their two matches with them. However, Hunter was the one to ultimately ''break up'' the Shield, convincing Seth to turn his back on Dean and Roman.
* TheArtifact: Reigns still utilized the military attire and (remixed) theme song of The Shield, following the group's dissolution.
* BadassBeard: In their second run.
* BadassCreed: "Where honor no longer exists, we're going to step in. We're a shield from injustice... we are The Shield."
* BadassCrew: A trio of young wrestlers fresh off of NXT invade the WWE and win their first six PPV tag-team matches. All but one of those matches involve some combination of the following wrestlers: Ryback, John Cena, Daniel Bryan, Kane, Randy Orton, Sheamus, and The Big Show. Seven wrestlers with a combined 36 world championship reigns (WWE or World Heavyweight) amongst them at the time... and each combination of them lost to a team of rookies. Oh yeah, and they also hold clean victories in 6-Man Tag matches against Team Hell No and Wrestling/TheUndertaker, as well as Team Hell No and then-reigning WWE Champion Wrestling/JohnCena (who was pinned by Roman Reigns after a Spear). All of that is the very definition of badass.
* BalanceSpeedStrengthTrio: The Shield had this kind of formation, with Ambrose as the balance, Rollins as the speed and Reigns as the strength.
* BashBrothers: They even treat each other as brothers and refer to themselves as such.
* BeatThemAtTheirOwnGame: Ironically, the teams that are most effective against The Shield are the ones who turn their tactics against them. Their first defeat as a team comes when the numbers game (their favorite tactic) is turned against them. The second defeat comes from the numbers game turning on them again, with one of their members being beaten down, and the distraction allowing for the pin on the partner. For added insult, the FinishingMove that scored the win was the Spear, the same move Reigns loves to ambush distracted people with.
* BigBrotherInstinct: Roman is the oldest and the physically strongest, and subsequently the most protective. He will ''not'' hesitate to attack anyone to protect Ambrose and Rollins. That being said, Ambrose and Rollins also have shades of this, which was shown during the Shield's second match with Evolution; at different points in the match, Ambrose and Rollins practically threw themselves at all three members of the opposing team just to protect the other two.
* BigDamnHeroes: At the April 7, 2014 post-[=WrestleMania=] episode of RAW, the Shield arrive to put the hurt on Wrestling/TripleH and the Authority, preventing Wrestling/DanielBryan from getting screwed out of the title again.
* BlatantLies: Their claims about standing for justice became sketchier and sketchier since their debut, were belied by an incident where it was revealed that they assaulted Brad Maddox (and generally did everything they did that benefited CM Punk) on Paul Heyman's orders, and finally became completely meaningless when they became Triple H's personal security and actively helped screw Daniel Bryan at every turn.
* BookEnds:
** Their debut, dissolution and subsequent reunion occurred at the same location: Indianapolis.
** Their inaugural championship wins came after defeating the other Shield Member: Rollins defeats Reigns, who defeats Ambrose, who defeats Rollins to complete the triangle.
** Their first match and reunion match involved facing Wrestling/{{Kane}} as an opponent at TLC.
* 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. When Bryan ''did'' retire, he arguably became the most popular face on the roster. Eventually, it reached a point where all three men were world champion within ''three minutes'' of each other. Reigns lost the title to Rollins (again), only for Ambrose to cash in and win the title off him, finally cementing the Shield's status as the most successful stable in recent WWE history since Evolution. For further aversion, Ambrose was even the first member of the Shield to become a Grand Slam Champion; conversely, Rollins will be the last member to achieve that, as Reigns would complete it a few months after Ambrose did.
* BullyingADragon:
** Decided it would be a great idea to target Wrestling/MarkHenry. He was ''not'' happy.
** They also decided to interrupt The Undertaker, of all people, at one point.
** When their crusade against CM Punk and Daniel Bryan was rudely interrupted by Wrestling/TheWyattFamily, none of the three Shield members showed the slightest hesitation to get up in the Wyatt's faces and challenge them. Keep in mind that the Wyatt Family is a creepy {{cult}} of backwoods hillbillies with an AxCrazy leader, and the mere sight of them is enough to give most badasses pause. Say what you will about them, but Rollins, Ambrose, and Reigns aren't afraid to stand up to anyone.
** Wrestling/TheMiz, his Miztourage, and the tag team of [[Wrestling/ClaudioCastagnoli Cesaro]] and Wrestling/{{Sheamus}} decide to basically team-up and pick on all three of them, attempting to get into their heads, and causing rumors about the Shield reforming. When Miz however decides to bring up said rumors, Roman Reigns is happy to correct him on one thing...
---> '''Roman Reigns:''' [[WhamLine Who said anything about rumors?]]\\
''[In quick succession, Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins join him]''
* CatchPhrase: "Believe in the Shield!"
%% * {{Cloudcuckoolander}}: '''Dean Ambrose.''' So, so much.
* CloudcuckoolandersMinder:
** Seth Rollins is generally the one to take this role, [[http://33.media.tumblr.com/7f97f99a66d5b54a2694bedf9d24483b/tumblr_n5hvr2kl4v1qh0kauo1_250.gif calming Dean down]] with hugs and caresses to his face and hair. As time went on, Ambrose began to act as this to Seth, as well.
** After Rollins' FaceHeelTurn, [[http://38.media.tumblr.com/f7591358a6dae008aa5c16cf466f6df5/tumblr_n6xuz1Y9091szvd2fo1_400.gif Reigns has acted as Ambrose's Minder]] whenever they worked together.
* CombatPragmatist: Applies to each members of the group.
** Roman Reigns played college and professional football, so he simply resorts to using a hard, fundamental form tackle as his finisher. It just happens to already be an established, devastating wrestling move known as the Spear.
** Seth Rollins' Curbstomp is arguably MORE effective than it is practical. It doesn't get much simpler or more painful than simply leaping and slamming your opponent's face into the mat with your boot.
** When a fight breaks out, Dean Ambrose pretty much turns into that guy playing a wrestling video game who only holds down the run button and does nothing but spam the attack and grapple buttons. A lot of times, Ambrose looks like he's not even doing a move-- he just jumps at anything that's moving and not on his side, then starts throwing punches.
* CompetitiveBalance: Ambrose, Rollins and Reigns each have different skills and weaknesses, listed elsewhere on this page.
* 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.
* CoolVersusAwesome:
** The Shield vs. TheWyattFamily. A team of mercenaries consisting of an unstoppable force, an unhinged maniac, and a strategically-minded acrobat competing against a charismatic cult leader and his two monsters? It's a big deal, to say the least.
** Their feud with Evolution, pitting three of the WWE's rising stars versus three of the [[Wrestling/TripleH most]] [[Wrestling/RandyOrton established]] [[Wrestling/{{Batista}} veterans]] in the industry.
** The Shield vs The New Day, culminating at Wrestling/SurvivorSeries 2017. Fans really enjoyed their interactions, and were chanting for both teams during the match.
* TheCorrupter:
** Depending on your point of view, they may have been this to Wrestling/{{Ryback}}, who turned heel after fighting and losing to them one time too many.
** Played straight with Daniel Bryan, who went off the deep end thanks to their [[BreakThemByTalking Breaking Speeches]], in addition to losing the tag titles.
*** However, on the June 14, 2013 episode of ''[=SmackDown=]'', Bryan made Rollins tap out to the No Lock, marking the first time the Shield has lost a six-man tag team match ever.
* CueTheFlyingPigs:
** Downplayed version. Anyone who had been a regular watcher of FCW were probably stunned to see Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins working together, considering their heated rivalry during the last year of the territory's existence, which had no less than five televised matches, including three successive iron man matches for the FCW 15 title, each longer than the last, the first two ending in a draw with no falls and the last ending in ''sudden death overtime'' (which Seth won), and the last being the FCW Heavyweight Title. One must imagine how rocky the early days of the stable's existence were, or how long Heyman's plan must have been in works, for Ambrose and Rollins to be on the same ''page'', let alone consider each other "brothers".
** The re-formation of the Shield in 2017. While Reigns and Ambrose have never truly hated each other, and have always been allies, it's pretty awesomely surreal to see [[FanNickname Traitorface]] [[Wrestling/SethRollins himself]] go from the company's biggest heel all the way back to babyface tag-teaming with Ambrose. The roof practically blew off the building on the 10/2 episode of Raw as Reigns was joined by his Shield brothers in alliance against the Miztourage.
* ADayInTheLimelight:
** Roman Reigns had this in Survivor Series 2013, when he eliminated ''four'' of a five-man team. Seth Rollins also got one in the final Smackdown of 2013 where he managed to push [[TheHero John Cena]] to the limits in singles competition. He lost, sure, but it he definitely left an impression.
** Reigns got another one at the Royal Rumble 2014, where he made his Rumble debut in a big way, staying in for over 30 minutes and breaking Kane's 13 year record by throwing out 12 people.
** This has occurred for each of the members of The Shield, where each man was positioned as the group's figurehead for a time: Ambrose served as this sometime after the faction's debut (he was the first opponent Wrestling/TheUndertaker faced in singles competition on Smackdown since his part-timer status), Reigns got his from Survivor Series 2013 until the Wyatt feud, and Rollins had his following the group's HeelFaceTurn. Even then, there was still a strong emphasis on portraying the trio as equals.
* {{Determinator}}: All of them. It takes a ''lot'' to put the Shield down, and according to them, nothing short of a nuclear blast can ''keep'' them down.
* DisappointedInYou:
** Reigns could never find it in himself to truly hate Rollins after the betrayal. Regardless of everything that happened between them, Reigns still saw Rollins as his little brother, and while initially hesitant to accept his help, eventually did forgive him.
** This also applies to Ambrose and Rollins to a lesser extent. Unlike Reigns, Ambrose genuinely did hate Rollins -- but not as much as everyone believed, because that hate was born out of the love he once had for him. After getting his revenge, Ambrose's stance on Rollins softened, and when the latter started making genuine efforts to reconcile with him, couldn't find it in himself to completely turn him away.
* TheDreaded: During their initial run, the Shield was the most dominant force in the company. Hearing their music sent many a wrestler, all over the card, into OhCrap mode. Even after they broke up, the idea of the three ever reuniting is enough to terrify everyone except those who stand at the very top of the card -- the ''very'' top, seeing as all three in the interim had become main event caliber competitors and world champions. So Miz's sheer look of disbelief and fear in realizing that his decision to antagonize all three resulted in the Shield's reformation is ''very'' understandable.
* EarlyBirdCameo: Ambrose makes a quick cameo in Wrestling/CMPunk's DVD ''Best In The World'', backstage and talking with Punk. Rollins and Reigns (then called Leakee) appeared in a promo about Wrestling/JohnCena at Elimination Chamber 2012.
* 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.
--> '''Bray Wyatt:''' ''[during a standoff that occurred after the short brawl]'' We're the same! We have a common enemy! WE HAVE A COMMON ENEMY! ''[[OhCrap [points to CM Punk and Daniel Bryan, who are outside of the ring]]]''
** Subverted during the feud between The Shield and The Wyatts, as The Shield has been collateral damage to some of the Family's sporadic actions. For reasons they attacked the team of John Cena, Sheamus, and Daniel Bryan during a 6-man tag match with the Shield where all 3 winning members qualified for the Elimination Chamber WWE World Heavyweight Title match, giving the face team the DQ win and thus disqualifying The Shield from a chance at the title through no fault of The Shield. This pissed the group off to such an extent that they went directly against Wrestling/TripleH's orders to pick a fight with the Family.
* EvenEvilHasStandards:
** Dean Ambrose proved in the 2014 Royal Rumble that he's a heel amongst heels when he tried to get a cheap elimination on Reigns. His teammates were quick to call him out on it, and Reigns was quick to toss Ambrose (along with Rollins) out of the ring. This is despite the fact that the Royal Rumble is always played up as "Every man for himself," even amongst friends and/or stablemates.[[note]]This was more about him abandoning the gameplan of eliminating everyone else before they had it out between themselves.[[/note]]
** On a February 2014 episode of ''Monday Night Raw'', Roman Reigns defeated Mark Henry 100% cleanly in about 3 minutes flat. As Rollins congratulated Reigns after the match, Ambrose attacked a vulnerable Henry (signs point to Ambrose being jealous that, for all intents and purposes, Reigns is a better wrestler than he is). In response to Dean losing his cool (as if that doesn't happen often), Reigns and Rollins gave Ambrose a "What the hell, dude?" look from inside the ring.[[note]]Although a sharp-eared viewer may have noticed Reigns saying, in an amused tone that matched his smile, "That's weak"; so it was less a moral condemnation and more disappointment at Ambrose's posturing.[[/note]]
** On the March 17th, 2014 episode of RAW they were called in by Kane to attack Jerry Lawler under false pretenses that he was in cahoots with Daniel Bryan's [=YESMovement=] [[InsaneTrollLogic because it took place in Lawler's hometown]]. Coupled with the fact that Jerry had suffered a heart attack, as well as it was obvious to anyone that he was innocent, The Shield decided not to attack Lawler because it would not be in the name of JUSTICE.
* 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 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.
* ExactWords: Their first interview has Michael Cole asking them if they are working for CM Punk. Ambrose says no, they aren't, which is completely true: they're not working for Punk, they're working for Paul Heyman on Punk's behalf.
* {{Expy}}:
** The group's "holding a hand-cam on themselves at arm's length" promos are almost identical in appearance to scenes of The Joker taken from ''Film/TheDarkKnight''. Ironic, considering that Ambrose has been compared to Creator/HeathLedger's SelfDemonstratingArticle/TheJoker.
** The stable itself has drawn some very obvious comparisons to other stables, including:
*** Wrestling/TheNexus, who, coincidentally, also made their debut in a match involving Wrestling/JohnCena and Wrestling/CMPunk. That's only the tip of the iceberg. Both debuts involved Ryan Reeves in some way. As Skip Sheffield, he was one of the eight members of the Nexus involved in the attack on the WWE Raw set, while as Ryback, he was the main target of the Shield's first attack.) Even more ironic is the fact that both stables had a former [[Wrestling/RingOfHonor ROH]] [[http://www.wrestling-titles.com/us/roh/roh-h.html World Heavyweight Champion]] as a member. In the Nexus's case, Daniel Bryan (although he was gone in a week), while in the Shield's case, Seth Rollins, known in ROH as Tyler Black. All of this, of course, wasn't lost on Ambrose, who promptly rebuked those comparisons.
*** The Nexus splinter group, The Corre. Both stables focus(ed) on unity over solidarity, the whole being greater than the sum of the parts, and teamwork above all else. Although, they seem to be more of a foil, as they've lasted much longer and established a much greater presence than the Corre ever did due to no member being entirely hypocritical about these claims.
*** 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 each man arguably being a raw {{composite|Character}} of several predecessors, with Edge included in all three formulas.
*** See AlternateCompanyEquivalent above for both Craxy MAX and Fortune.
* FallacyOfDivision:
** Averted initially. The Shield is one of the best examples of a pro wrestling team's whole being greater than the sum of its parts. They've defeated two teams consisting of (1) Ryback, Kane, and Daniel Bryan, and (2) Randy Orton, Big Show, and Sheamus. However, when one of their members faces a main-eventer one-on-one, it tends not to be a competitive affair. JBL, on commentary, strongly supports the claim that no three superstars put together, no matter how good individually, can defeat The Shield if The Shield's opponents don't have experience teaming with one another. In short, each of the members individually is not main-event caliber. Together, as a unit, this no longer applied, and they ARE main-event caliber as a trio, with many in-universe even referring to them as possibly the greatest three-man tandem in the history of WWE.
** Played straight as time went on, with all three men becoming legitimate main eventers in their own right. This only made them even more dangerous during their second run, as when you combine three wrestlers on that level with the same amount of teamwork the Shield were famed for, you get the most dominant force in the WWE, with only Wrestling/BrockLesnar as even remotely comparable. The three of them together were able to easily take out Wrestling/BraunStrowman -- for comparison, it took the entire ''Wrestling/SmackDown'' five-man ''Survivor Series'' team to do the same at the titular PPV.
* FinishingMove: For the group, the Triple Powerbomb. Check out each members's trope pages for individual {{Finishing Move}}s.
* {{Foil}}:
** To Wrestling/TheNewDay, something that was highlighted at their match in ''Survivor Series''. Both are trios with heavy emphasis on camaraderie and brotherhood, but while the Shield are serious types that were hellbent on dominating WWE, either as a group or individually, the New Day are more-or-less [[LethalJokeCharacter lethal joke characters]] that happen to be extremely competent. The Shield wear darkly-colored SWAT gear as ring attire, the New Day revel in their campy and brightly-colored tights and shirts. The New Day's entrance has them entering from the stage and dissing their competition on their way down the ramp. The Shield enter silently from the stands and rarely horse around in the ring. The members of the Shield were rookies that banded together to make an impact for their debuts and used the popularity of their faction to springboard their singles careers. The New Day were originally three wrestlers drifting on the card that united together and became relevant again as one of the most popular acts in WWE. This even applies to the individual members, as seen in the actual match:
*** Wrestling/DeanAmbrose and Wrestling/KofiKingston, as the two most decorated members of their teams. Ambrose was the first member of the Shield to become a Triple Crown and Grand Slam Champion, while prior to the New Day, Kofi was one of the most decorated midcard competitors in the entire company. Literally the only title he had never won was a world title; conversely, Ambrose was the last member of the Shield to win a world title.
*** Wrestling/SethRollins and Wrestling/XavierWoods. Besides the intense love of video games, both are the respective "strategists" of their teams. Rollins is the one who makes up the plans that Ambrose and Reigns follow, and during their first run was the glue that held the team together. Xavier doesn't take part in the New Day's regular tag matches often, content to stay on the sidelines and provide support, and when the referee is distracted, helps the team cheat to win.
*** Wrestling/RomanReigns and Wrestling/BigELangston are the "muscle" of their respective groups. Reigns' spear is the most devastating singles FinishingMove in the Shield's arsenal (followed closely by Ambrose's Dirty Deeds), and his power is the backbone of the team's signature triple powerbomb. Big E's power provides a similar backbone for most of the New Day's tag team maneuvers, not just their FinishingMove, and he is widely regarded as the most effective member of the New Day as a singles competitor.
** To Wrestling/{{Evolution}}, as indicated under NotSoDifferent and NotSoSimilar below. By the time of their feud, both stables were comprised of members that had the potential to be single stars on their own. The difference is, Evolution's members had already fulfilled that potential -- the Shield were still technically rookies, who individually weren't quite on the level of their respective counterparts yet, but together trumped the full force of Evolution, who had a hard time co-existing as a unit because the sheer amount of bad history between them. To say nothing of the fact that the Shield maintained themselves as a stable of equals, while Evolution initially only existed to keep Hunter on top and help him escape Wrestling/ShawnMichaels' shadow, and then reunited because they wanted to get rid of Wrestling/TheShield. As far as individual members go:
*** Wrestling/DeanAmbrose and Wrestling/RandyOrton. Orton's ousting from Evolution was his StartOfDarkness, and it was only after he was driven to complete insanity five years later that he was finally able to get his revenge on Wrestling/TripleH for what happened, by wreaking havoc on his life and terrorizing his family. By contrast, Ambrose's snapping point was not being ousted from his stable, but rather a fellow member betraying him and Reigns -- Rollins. Unlike Orton, Ambrose's insanity and out-of-control behavior proved to be a detriment, and as time went on the stable's break up actually caused him to gradually develop into a more collected (if still certifiably insane) individual. Ambrose only achieved his goal to get revenge on Rollins by waiting for an opportune moment and allowing Rollins to dismiss and underestimate him.
*** Wrestling/SethRollins and Wrestling/TripleH. Rollins broke up the Shield in order to ally himself with Wrestling/TheAuthority for greater opportunities and perks. Hunter kept Evolution together just to have some people back his world title reign, only to kick out Orton when he beat Benoit and took the spotlight off him and then try to manipulate Batista into jumping to ''[=SmackDown!=]'' after the latter won the Royal Rumble and had the opportunity for Hunter's title (which Batista did, after it became clear that if he stayed in Evolution, Hunter would never let him out of ''his'' shadow). There's also their reactions to the destruction of their respective stables: Hunter felt bad about the broken friendships, but ultimately never regretted what he did. Rollins constantly lied about his relationships with Ambrose and Reigns, stating that he never considered them his "brothers", but there were many tells that he was lying to everyone, including himself. After Wrestling/TripleH betrayed ''him'', the illusion broke, and it became clear that even before then, deep down, he considered breaking up the Shield to be the biggest mistake of his life, one that he was so desperate to fix that he was willing to take a steel chair to the back if it meant one of his brothers forgave him.
*** Wrestling/RomanReigns and Wrestling/{{Batista}}. Batista betrayed the remaining members of Evolution once it became clear he'd never have the spotlight as long as he stayed with them. Reigns was forced to focus on singles career after Rollins betrayed him, and him and Ambrose still remained on good terms. Batista was also always an egotistical jerkass at his core, even as a face, and when he was denied the spotlight one too many times, snapped and allowed his true colors to be shown to the crowd. Reigns, despite the Shield's beginnings, was ultimately an honorable and genuinely good person from the beginning, and his descent into cocky, asshole-ish behavior was a result of the crowd's vitriol combined with being constantly screwed out of the world title.
* {{Forgiveness}}: The theme of the storyline that eventually led to their reunion and second run. It wasn't just Ambrose and Reigns learning to forgive Rollins -- it was also Rollins learning how to forgive himself.
** Rollins and Reigns eventually made up during the latter half of 2016, after circumstances made them FireForgedFriends while combating Wrestling/KevinOwens and Wrestling/ChrisJericho.
** Rollins and Ambrose, however, were a different story. Even after Rollins turned face, other than some brief, heat-of-the-moment team-ups, the two of them still had a lot of tension between them that came to a boil when they both ran afoul of Wrestling/TheMiz, his Miztourage, and Wrestling/{{Sheamus}} and Wrestling/{{Cesaro}}. Stuck in an unwilling EnemyMine situation, Rollins decided it was finally time to bridge the gap between them. As far as Ambrose was concerned, however, that bridge was burnt; even though it became increasingly obvious that he honestly wished it wasn't. Rollins spent ''weeks'' trying to earn back Ambrose's forgiveness, only to become increasingly frustrated over Ambrose's constant flip-flopping over it. When Ambrose was finally receptive to the idea, Rollins ''rejected him'', pissing off Ambrose again. The following week, it was finally clear that talking it out was no longer an option, and the two ended up brawling with each other in order to finally release all their frustrations. It was only after that was reconciliation in reach.
* FreudianTrio: Played with. Ambrose is the Id. [[AxCrazy Simply put, he's nuts.]] Rollins plays with the reasoned Superego role, but he's usually the one that breaks up conflicts between the volatile Ambrose and the much more reserved Roman Reigns.
* GenreSavvy:
** There are quite a few similarities between The Shield and [[Wrestling/TheNexus some]] [[Wrestling/NewWorldOrder other]] {{Power Stable}}s that have appeared on RAW over the years. Ambrose quickly goes out of his way to rebuff the comparisons.
---> '''Ambrose:''' We're not Wrestling/TheNexus. If you're lookin' for the [[Wrestling/NewWorldOrder nWo]], [[ProductPlacement go buy the DVD.]]
** Vickie Guerrero books them into another 11 on 3 match. What's the Shield to do? Instead of defiantly facing all eleven opponents, they seek out opponent after opponent and put them out of action (they Triple Powerbombed Jack Swagger, took out 3MB, took out Brad Maddox and threw Fandango through two tables), cutting the numbers down so it becomes a 5 on 3 match. Then they beat the hell out of the remaining five.
** On the May 19, 2014 Raw, Triple H proclaimed that no one other than "official personnel" were to be at ringside during a match between Seth Rollins and Batista. However, at the last minute, he appointed himself as the official guest ring announcer, and Randy Orton as the official guest timekeeper. Apparently prepared for this, The Shield were implied to have bullied Raw general manager Brad Maddox into making Reigns and Ambrose official guest ring announcers for the match (all that was said is that Maddox had something to do with the decision, and that he was "in the trainer's room" during the match).
* GuestStarPartyMember: Never had them in the first run, but due to Roman Reigns coming down with a bad case of meningitis and missing the TLC pay-per-view as well as most of the 2017 European tour, they've had a couple.
** TLC gave us ''[[Wrestling/KurtAngle Kurt freaking Angle]]'' as the third man. How successful was he, after being virtually retired from wrestling for around 4 years? The crowd chanted a loud "YOU STILL GOT IT".
** For the first leg of the European tour, Ambrose and Rollins called in "[[CallBack Plan B]]" - Wrestling/TripleH.
** The second leg of the tour didn't require a full-time third man, but when Rollins and Ambrose wanted to give one of Wrestling/TheNewDay a triple powerbomb, they decided on Wrestling/SamoaJoe.
* TheHeart:
** Seth Rollins acted as this at one point. When the relationship between Dean Ambrose and Roman Reigns became strained over the course of their late 2013 feud with their former unwitting client Wrestling/CMPunk, one could argue that he was the one keeping The Shield together. Eventually it reached a breaking point…for ''Seth'', causing him to RageQuit during a match against the Wyatt Family, which he amazingly used to bring the two ''back on the same page''.
** Ultimately deconstructed, as Rollins pointed out that one of the reasons he [[FaceHeelTurn turned on them]] was being tired of being the one that made them get along.
* HeelFaceTurn: This happened in early 2014 when they turned against Wrestling/{{The Authority}}.
* 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).
* HesBack: Years after their famous split, the Shield finally reunited on ''RAW'' on October 9, 2017.
* HeterosexualLifePartners: The rare three-way example, both onscreen and arguably in RealLife (Rollins admitted to having a picture of the Shield in his home, and it's a well-known fact that prior to the second brand extension, Reigns and Ambrose were traveling buddies).
* HonorBeforeReason:
** Everyone who's just stood there while The Shield enters. It takes them a good minute or so to get to the ring going through the crowd. No one thinks of grabbing a weapon, or, you know, RUNNING? They're not coming down the aisle, hit the locker room! Where all your damn friends are!
** Wrestling/{{Ryback}} defied this at one point, leaving the ring during The Shield's entrance, only to re-enter with a chair when they got there. Granted, he was also a heel and would eventually break in the chair on Cena's back, which would make this something of a double subversion.
** Averted by Wrestling/RandyOrton on the August 5, 2013 episode of Monday Night Raw. After the team of Orton, Daniel Bryan, and Wrestling/JohnCena defeated The Shield by disqualification, Orton struck with an RKO to Bryan first, and then Cena (each unprovoked). He procured his Money in the Bank briefcase, and a referee, from ringside, and appeared ready to cash in his contract on then-WWE Champion John Cena... until The Shield made their way back towards the ring. Orton, who was on the apron, decided that discretion is the better part of valor, and left Bryan and Cena to the Hounds (he retained his Money in the Bank contract since his cash-in match had not officially started).
** 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'': 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.
** Averted in their face incarnation, as they're every bit as pragmatic as before.
* InsaneTrollLogic:
** [[Wrestling/JohnBradshawLayfield JBL's]] explanations for the Shield's targets of "injustice," such as Wrestling/RandyOrton, tend to be rather skewed. For example, Orton was targeted for "destroying" Brad Maddox's hopes of a WWE contract, even though Maddox ''asked'' for the match and knew the level of opposition he'd face would be a crap-shoot at best.
** The logic that The Shield itself runs on in general is pretty dubious at best. When they debuted and appeared to be hired stooges for Wrestling/CMPunk and Wrestling/PaulHeyman, their attacks on whoever Punk was feuding with at the time made sense. Since that connection was dropped and they've gone off on their own, what they consider "injustices" would seem to be what most reasonable viewers would call "people living their lives and going about their business."
* {{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.
* JitterCam: A couple of The Shield's promos have looked like something out of ''Film/TheBlairWitchProject''.
* 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.
** On the second-to-last part, they've been recently out-Juggernauted by Wrestling/TheWyattFamily on both PPV and RAW.
* JusticeWillPrevail: Their claim, even though they mostly ambush Faces and give them {{No Holds Barred Beatdown}}s for no apparent reason.
* KnightTemplar: Their crusade against injustice, which apparently means mostly going after fan favorite wrestlers, who clearly haven't committed any outright injustices. However, they have assaulted fellow heels at least three times-- dismantling 3MB on one occasion (saving Triple H, a babyface at the time, from a three-on-one against 3MB; in hindsight, this seems to be an oddly prophetic occurrence), giving Brad Maddox the beat-down of his life after [[DidYouJustFlipOffCthulhu he called The Shield out to the ring, with no backup of his own,]] and brawling with Wrestling/TheWyattFamily after the latter interrupted a tag match with Wrestling/CMPunk and Wrestling/DanielBryan.
* TheLeader:
** Towards the end of 2013, Ambrose veered into BadBoss territory. His ego (and the fact that he was the only championship-holder in the group) caused him to verbally demean (if only indirectly) Reigns and Rollins. His claims that he's the best of the three members of The Shield garnered [[MeaningfulLook looks of frustration]] from Reigns and Rollins, but the group remained a solid, cohesive unit.
*** The waters muddied even further going into 2014, where it seemed that Ambrose and Rollins defer to Reigns, if anything. At least on commentary, Reigns is pushed as the overall strongest member.
** Ultimately, the Shield could be said to be a team of leaders: all three are part Headstrong and Charismatic, with Ambrose also being part Mastermind and Reigns also part Levelheaded while Rollins possesses traits of all four leadership styles. To prove this point, all three members have stood in the center of their Fists of Excellence pose, and when it comes to non-to-semi-{{kayfabe}} interviews, each man frequently points to all three of them as being leaders, potential top guys, the best workers in the company, etc.
** Ever since Seth Rollins turned heel, he claimed that he was the leader and mastermind behind the Shield and that without him, they were nothing. He also claimed that he was the only one capable of making Dean and Roman get along and work together, [[JerkassHasAPoint which is a claim that could easily be argued]].
* 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).
* MilitaryAlphabet: Their entrance theme begins with radio chatter of [[DoItYourselfThemeTune them]] spelling out "Shield" in the NATO Military Alphabet.
* MotiveDecay:
** After they won their titles (Reigns/Rollins as Tag Team Champions, and Ambrose as United States Champion), they started preaching about "justice" less and less. After a year, they'd basically abandoned all pretense and simply just beat the crap out of whoever they didn't like.
** Subverted following their face turn, when they began taking Triple H and The Authority to the task for their flagrant abuses of power throughout the preceding year.
* NiceJobFixingItVillain:
** Thanks to The Shield attacking [[Wrestling/BryanDanielson Daniel Bryan]] and Wrestling/{{Kane}}, the two actually started to get along. In addition, Daniel Bryan [[TookALevelInBadass took a]] '''[[TookALevelInBadass massive level in badass]]''' - enough to get the attention of Wrestling/JohnCena, who named him number one contender for the WWE Championship... Bryan would then go on to '''defeat John Cena for the WWE Championship!'''
** In the 2014 Royal Rumble, all three members managed to get in the ring at the same time, with the assumed plan that they would save themselves for last, with no strong feelings against whomever won. And with the three of them together, that plan was practically guaranteed. Unfortunately, Ambrose is kind of a dick (and also mentally unstable), and he tried to eliminate Reigns far sooner. Not only did this screw the entire team out of winning (especially since Reigns eliminated the two other members in retaliation), it also easily planted the biggest seed of discord amongst the group. Dean Ambrose may very well have brought about the end of The Shield himself.
** For a while things were looking very much on their way there, what with the tension between Reigns and Ambrose boiling over with each passing week even during their budding war of CoolVersusAwesome with Wrestling/TheWyattFamily. But then [[TheHeart Seth Rollins]] became increasingly tired of pulling them together and walked out on them in the middle of the second of two six-man tags between the trios, forcing them to confront him so he could air his frustrations and physically get everything out of the three's system. The result: what didn't kill the Shield only made them stronger than ever…with their justice [[MookFaceTurn redirected towards those who tried to use them blatantly with no proper cause but for power]].
** Wrestling/TheMiz. Miz made it a point to antagonize all three former members of the stable ''at the same time'', and, proving himself as TooDumbToLive, pointedly dismissed the possibility of the Shield reuniting and calling all the rumors "hype". He conveniently forgot that a) Reigns and Ambrose remained on good terms long after the Shield's dissolution, b) Reigns and Rollins had made up thanks to Wrestling/ChrisJericho and Wrestling/KevinOwens the year prior, and c) Ambrose and Rollins, whose issues with each other were literally the biggest obstacle to a Shield reunion, had just made up, an event that was largely ''Miz's fault''. It seems it never once occurred to Miz that the reason the Shield hadn't reunited now that they were on the same page was because no one had given them a reason to -- until ''now'', that is.
* NoHoldsBarredBeatdown: This is pretty much their hat. Not only do they do it often, they're actually better at it than your average "Pack of wolves" heel group who just jumps unsuspecting wrestlers from behind and uses its numbers advantage to serve up the beatdown.
* NoSneakAttacks: Almost every time The Shield shows up to kick some ass, there's a clear warning of their arrival (see OhCrap below). This leads to the commentators pleading with the soon-to-be victims to ''just run'' (or at least grab a weapon-- see HonorBeforeReason above) when the music blasts trough the arena speakers.
* 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. But in the end...
* NotSoSimilar: The Shield isn't that similar to Evolution, because when it came down to it, they genuinely loved and cared for each other, and no matter how man times they end up fighting, they'll still support each other over everyone else in the end. Conversely, Evolution was born out of convenience -- Triple H needed muscle to back his title reign, and Orton and Batista needed tickets to the big time. When the latter two started infringing on his spotlight, he didn't hesitate to kick them both to the curb for it.
* OhCrap:
** You've just finished a match, your music is playing, you're feeling pretty good about yourself.....'''SIERRA. HOTEL. INDIA. ECHO. LIMA. DELTA. SHIELD.''' Cue three guys in combat vests handing you your ass.
** The Shield themselves had this reaction on the September 23, 2013 RAW, where Triple H put them in a match against Wrestling/KofiKingston, Wrestling/RobVanDam, Wrestling/TheUsos, Wrestling/PrimeTimePlayers, Wrestling/DolphZiggler, Wrestling/ZackRyder, [[Wrestling/RonKillings R-Truth]], Wrestling/JustinGabriel... [[LongList *gasp*]]... and Daniel Bryan... and then again when one of the Usos hit the [[Wrestling/JimmySnuka Superfly]] [[FinishingMove Splash]] on Reigns and pinned him for the very first time in WWE.
** Wrestling/TheMiz had this reaction on the Oct 9, 2017 episode of ''Raw'' when he realized that "the rumors [of a Shield reunion] were true," and that Reigns, Rollins, and Ambrose were all coming after ''him.''
* OnlyInItForTheMoney:
** They were hired by Wrestling/PaulHeyman to aid Punk, and when Punk's title reign was over, they pretty much went back to doing whatever they damn well pleased.
** 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, most likely to convince himself.
* PopularityPower: The Shield is one of the most popular factions in the history of the entire company. In present WWE proper, only Wrestling/TheNewDay can really compare. Even the widely hated Wrestling/RomanReigns shakes a lot of the fan's vitriol when the stable is together, to the point that a crowd even mostly cheered him when he defeated Wrestling/TheMiz to win the Intercontinental Championship and become the second member of the group to become a Grand Slam Champion.
* PseudoCrisis: Wrestling/{{Vince|McMahon}} and 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."
* ThePsychoRangers:
** Any group that goes against them turns into this. They portray their opponents as being potentially the three strongest guys they could find (three former multiple-time world champions in Wrestling/RandyOrton, Wrestling/{{Sheamus}}, and Wrestling/TheBigShow, for example), but they don't have the Shield's united front and usually fall due to their own infighting. Either that, or the fact that [[FallacyOfDivision The Shield is simply a better trio than any possible three-man combination in WWE, despite not being its three best wrestlers]]. It's an interesting example of the good guys being the Psycho Rangers instead of the bad guys.
*** This might explain why Wrestling/{{Christian}} and the Usos were able to defeat them in their first match with them; the Usos are twin brothers and Christian is one of the tag team greats, giving them the united front most of their opponents lack.
** This dynamic seemed to flip in their feud with TheWyattFamily. Rowan and Harper were fanatically devoted to Bray Wyatt, while Ambrose and Reigns of the Shield have been somewhat at each other's throats with Rollins trying his best to act as mediator.
** This trope was {{discussed|Trope}} in the buildup to their match with a [[PuttingTheBandBackTogether re-formed Evolution]]; The Shield noted that, the [[Wrestling/TripleH three]] [[Wrestling/RandyOrton remaining]] [[Wrestling/{{Batista}} members']] egos notwithstanding, their paths had completely separated since the days of their original formation. Trips had become more of a backstage presence and was just recently getting back into ring competition, Batista had dabbled in Hollywood a la early-career Wrestling/DwayneJohnson, and Randy had hit something of a rough patch as far as his record was concerned. Because of this, The Shield contended that Evolution couldn't beat them. They were right.
* PuttingTheBandBackTogether: The Shield reunited in October 2017 to beat down a group of opponents that none of them could handle individually.
* QuirkyMinibossSquad: The group was often accused of being this for Wrestling/CMPunk, thanks to their penchant of coming to his aid during title matches or lie detector tests. As it turned out, they sort of were... but without Punk's knowledge, as they had been hired by Wrestling/PaulHeyman, with Heyman being the one giving them orders. As of the Sept. 23, 2013 episode of Monday Night Raw, The Hounds serve as such for Wrestling/TripleH (and, by extension, Wrestling/RandyOrton) after Hunter and Randy [[FaceHeelTurn turned heel.]] The Shield themselves turned against Wrestling/TheAuthority after Wrestling/{{Kane}} tried to attack Rollins when they didn't do as he wanted.
* RageQuit:
** A team-wide version - if a member (or members) of the team is getting knocked around and looks to be losing the match, the others who aren't participating will often attack, resulting in a DQ win for the opponent, rather than letting their teammate(s) submit or get pinned clean. And then it's usually at that point that the NoHoldsBarredBeatdown starts.
** On the March 3, 2014 episode of Raw, Seth Rollins grew frustrated with Reigns and Ambrose's constant bickering and miscommunication, and walked out on them during a match with The Wyatt Family, leaving Reigns and Ambrose to get hammered. Perhaps surprisingly, this eventually made the group ''stronger.''
* RedBaron: Michael Cole has dubbed the group "The Hounds of Justice," which WWE later ran with in their merchandising. He's also dubbed Seth Rollins "The Architect," Roman Reigns "The Powerhouse," and Dean Ambrose "The Lunatic Fringe."
* TheRival:
** The fans [[CoolVersusAwesome got to enjoy]] a long feud between the Shield and Wrestling/TheWyattFamily, and even when the feud proper was over, this matchup was revisited ''several'' more times, usually with very entertaining results.
** Wrestling/TheNewDay were this during the build up to ''Wrestling/SurvivorSeries 2017''. Both teams were technically on the same side of the heel/face spectrum, just on different shows -- but that didn't stop the New Day from costing the Ambrose and Rollins the RAW Tag Titles. The following week, the Shield confronted then-GM Wrestling/KurtAngle and Wrestling/StephanieMcMahon and all but ''demanded'' a match with the New Day at the PPV.
* RoguesGallery:
** The "[[FanHater WWE Universe]]," as the Shield does not believe the decisions of the company should be made based on popularity contests; The Shield was formed to ensure the WWE Universe would not always get what it wanted.
** While they varied their targets during the first month or so of inception, they very obviously had a special dislike for Wrestling/{{Ryback}}, and screwed him out of WWE Title wins at least three times in as many months. Their [[GreenEyedMonster dislike]] of him essentially stemmed from him joining the main roster and being pushed to the top so quickly while they had been forced to keep toiling away in developmental. [[StrawmanHasAPoint (And, actually, a good part of the IWC sort of agrees.)]]
** They developed a huge rivalry with Wrestling/CodyRhodes and Wrestling/{{Goldust}} in late 2013, and the team of Rhodes and Goldust stand as one of only two units to defeat (any combination of) The Shield by pinfall more than once (the other being Wrestling/TheWyattFamily. To a lesser degree, they also built a rivalry with Wrestling/TeamHellNo.
** As of mid April 2014, Wrestling/TheAuthority, and the reformed Wrestling/{{Evolution}}.
** Wrestling/TheWyattFamily.
* SignatureMove:
** Collectively, their triple-assist powerbomb. And if there happens to be a table around, rest assured the victim's going straight through it.
** As all three members gradually developed into main event-level singles competitors, they all developed their own individual signature moves. This came into play during their second run in 2017, which arguably made them even ''more'' dangerous, as now any one of them can end a match at a moment's notice.
*** Roman Reigns: The Superman Punch and his FinishingMove, a spear.
*** Dean Ambrose: Rebound Lariat, with his FinishingMove being a snap double underhook DDT called Dirty Deeds.
*** Seth Rollins: Turnbuckle Powerbomb. Seth changed finishing moves several times due to circumstances largely out of his control, but as of late 2017 has transitioned into using a short-arm high knee called the King's Landing.
* SoreLoser:
** Many times, if a loss was imminent for any member(s), or immediately following a loss, the entire group would attack the (would-be) winner together. See also RageQuit above.
** Played with at times, as the same thing happens when one of the group wins.
* 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.
* ThirdTimesTheCharm: The only time the Shield ever beat the Wyatt Family was the third match between the two stables. They ''probably'' would've won the fourth one, had it not been for Evolution distracting them.
* TrueCompanions:
** Played ''wonderfully'' straight throughout the end of 2013 and into 2014. There was so much tension between Ambrose and Reigns that just about any other team/stable in WWE history would have long since imploded on itself-- [[SubvertedTrope it seemed painfully obvious]] that WWE's creative team was setting up a team-wide split (possibly to turn Roman Reigns face and give him a push). However, thanks to the fact that Seth Rollins is apparently the [[TheChessmaster chessmaster]] of the group (see BatmanGambit above), they actually became ''stronger.'' Also see TeethClenchedTeamwork above.
** Since Rollins' betrayal he's claimed that while Reigns and Ambrose looked at The Shield as a brotherhood and he himself played to that image, the truth is he considered them nothing more than business partners. Oddly enough, Seth Rollins may have just started setting himself up as the new Ultimate Opportunist by deconstructing this very trope.
** Played straight between Reigns and Ambrose since the separation. Most notably, at Payback 2015 during the Fatal 4 Way involving all three Shield boys and Randy Orton, the three Triple Powerbombed Orton, then Ambrose and Reigns beat down Rollins. Left to each other, Reigns noted "Not much else to do!", prompting a "'fraid not" from Ambrose. Reigns responded "Loser buys the beers!" before the two got back into the ring with the intent of fighting honorably.
** The biggest obstacle to the Shield's reunion in 2017 was the broken trust between Ambrose and Rollins. Reigns forgave Rollins during the latter half of 2016, after the two became FireForgedFriends again while acting cohesively against Wrestling/ChrisJericho and Wrestling/KevinOwens. Ambrose and Rollins, however, still had a ton of tension between them even after Rollins turned face. Part of this is because, during the initial run, the two of them were closest pair of the the trio; more than one person has remarked that the two of them acted more like a tag team than Rollins and Reigns did, and that pair became the WWE Tag Team Champions at one point. Dean took Seth's betrayal far, far worse than Roman did, and the resulting blood feud lasted over two years. And yet, despite all that, despite ''everything'' that happened between them ever since the Shield broke up, when Seth offered his back to Dean, willingly allow himself to be hit with a steel chair like he had done to his brothers all those years ago...Dean ultimately couldn't go through with it. It took weeks of arguing and brawling to get there, but the two finally reunited as a team and forgave each other, and after that the reformation of the Shield became inevitable.
* TheUnfettered: Subverted. Ever since their alliance with Wrestling/TripleH, this has been toned down for the stable (not to say that they follow his orders without question). And Ambrose, while plenty crazy, seems to try to keep some semblance of focus for the sake of the team. [[AxCrazy (Operative word being "try.")]] There's no telling how far off the deep end Ambrose would go without Seth Rollins to pull him back occasionally. This was actually lampshaded by Rollins after he turned on them.
* 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!
** At the 2014 Elimination Chamber in a six-man tag match, the Wyatts actually turned the numbers game on The Shield by managing to take on and take out the members individually, Bray Wyatt brawling off with Ambrose to parts unknown (he wasn't seen again) while Luke Harper and Erick Rowan double-powerbombed Seth Rollins through the commentators' table... cue Roman Reigns fighting off the Wyatt Family single-handedly up until he tried to Spear Bray Wyatt, upon which Harper dove in the way and took the Spear, allowing Wyatt to make a comeback and finish Reigns off too.
* UrExample: Of the effectiveness of the Wrestling/{{WWENXT}} developmental system. Individually or together, there is no question that the Shield are by far the most successful wrestlers of their generation in WWE. Within four years of their WWE careers, together all three have won multiple world titles, main evented numerous [=PPVs=], and more-or-less carried the company on their backs. Two of them have already become Grand Slam Champions, with the third only needing one more title to join them. When people look back at WWE history decades from now, they will see the Shield as the ones that defined this era, and the ultimate success story of Wrestling/{{WWENXT}}.
* VillainousFriendship: Type I. Even given the fact that Ambrose 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. 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.
* 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, and by the time of the Shield's second run, the tension had become a distant memory and the two became bonafide HeterosexualLifePartners.
** During the Shield's second run, Ambrose and Rollins are the VitriolicBestBuds (despite being Tag Team Champions together), as Ambrose never wastes a chance to remind Rollins of the betrayal, albeit with none of the heat that used to color it when they were enemies. Despite that, the two still fight together like a well-oiled machine, and close affection between them has returned in spades.
* WhamLine: Wrestling/TripleH: "There's always a Plan B." Cue Rollins beating the hell out of Reigns and Ambrose.
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse:
** During the course of the Shield vs. Wrestling/TheWyattFamily, Bray Wyatt and Dean Ambrose got into a brawl that spilled over into the crowd. While Rollins' fate was obvious after Rowan and Harper [[ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill appeared to double Spinebuster him through a table]] Ambrose was never seen again, leaving people (his fellow Shield members included) to ask this question.
* WorthyOpponent: Three candidates.
** The night after defeating Evolution at Extreme Rules, the Shield issued a challenge for a rematch just to prove the first victory wasn't a fluke.
** Wrestling/TheWyattFamily also has a case. Their match against one another at Elimination Chamber 2014 is considered one of the best for both stables, and The Shield is a meager 1-3 against The Wyatts, with the Wyatts winning by pinfall ''all three times'' (they're the only team to defeat any combination of The Shield by pinfall more than three times, and one of only two teams to do so twice, the other being...)
** Cody Rhodes and Goldust. They dethroned Roman Reigns and Seth Rollins as tag team champions, and The Shield (in the form of Reigns and Rollins) is 1-2 against Rhodes and Goldust.
* YourTerroristsAreOurFreedomFighters: They always have a reason to explain how whatever they did was justified if pressed, even if it comes to acting as the mercenaries they say they are not or screwing someone out of envy.
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