In the wake of Seth Rollins betrayal it seems the two remaining members of The Shield went to ground for the remainder of the week, the WWE Universe seeing hide nor hair of them as they went to regroup and collect their thoughts. Well consider their thoughts collected. Ambrose and Reigns took RAW by throat this week and it’s unlikely they’ll let go any time soon.
As 3MB took to the ring Ambrose and Reigns saw their moment to strike. Obviously fueled by rage, kicking the holy hell out of someone is only going to help you feel better. They tear through all three members of 3MB in record time and then take control of the ring, Ambrose with a mic in his hand. After taking a few moments to try and compose himself, he finally unleashes a tirade of truly epic proportions.. enough to turn the rest of Rollins’ hair white, if you ask me. He says that The Shield was untouchable and would go down in history as one of the greatest groups in sports entertainment ever. They dominated, they beat everybody, including Evolution. But they weren’t healthy – they had a cancer inside of them little did they know. That cancers name? Seth Rollins.
He accuses Seth of being a sell out, a suck up and the kind of man that would stab his brother in the back. The history books are full of those. Then come the threats. I can’t say it any better than the man himself so here it is, in quotes: “When I get the opportunity to rearrange your face – which I will. Your nose isn’t going to be here anymore it’s gonna be over here, by your ear. I say ear because you’re only going to have one left. I’m going to rip your dirty, stinking hair out by the roots, I’m gonna stuff it in your mouth there’ll be plenty of room where your teeth used to be. Seth Rollins, my brother, you are scum. We are looking forward to what that scum has to say tonight. We want you to stand out here in this ring in front of the whole world and lie through your teeth. We want you stand in the middle of this ring in front of the whole world and we want them to hear Triple H’s words coming out of your mouth. We’re gonna listen to every word of it. And then we’re gonna beat the hell outta you.”
Well, if I was Seth Rollins I’d be booking the first flight out of town. Roman Reigns adds to the tirade, telling Seth theres 3 things you don’t do in life. You don’t tug on Supermans cape, you don’t piss in to the wind and you don’t stab your brothers in the back! But Rollins is just part of the problem. He’s going to take Randy Orton from the Face of the Company, to the Ass of the company. Then he’s coming for Triple H.. The King of Kings.. and they’re going to have their own Game of Thrones. Kudos for the reference, big man!
Later on in the night Seth Rollins is interviewed by Michael Cole and offers a flimsy explanation for his actions. He says he’s the mastermind, that without him Dean would be face down in a ditch within a week and Reigns wasn’t bright enough to pull this off. He says Ambrose and Reigns were never brothers, but business partners. Business partners he severed ties to. That all the times he said ‘Believe in the Shield’ what he meant was ‘Believe in Seth Rollins’. Ambrose and Reigns make good on their promise to listen and then attack, charging the ring only for the Wyatt Family to intervene. Ambrose and Reigns barely get their hands on Rollins before he tucks his tail between his legs and runs for the hills, leaving them to deal with The Wyatts. However its John Cena to the rescue and they clean the Wyatts out. Ambrose & Reigns finding their Tag Partner for the Main Event.
As it rolls around, Ambrose and Reigns are still on a tear and with John Cena backing them up, they battle to victory. Proving to the fans and The Authority alike, that The Shield is far from dead. Like Ambrose said back in FCW – I think you’re going to have to run them over with a car to get rid of them, Sunshine.
WWE.com are speculating over a possible replacement for Seth Rollins within The Shield, naming 6 WWE Superstars they think could fit the bill. Personally, we don’t think any replacement is necessary. Head on over to WWE.com to check out the candidates!
No one saw it coming — least of all Roman Reigns and Dean Ambrose — when Seth Rollins cracked a steel chair across the back of The Shield’s juggernaut on the June 9 edition of Raw. After witnessing one brother fall victim to a premeditated act of betrayal from another, The Lunatic Fringe soon suffered a similar fate as a succession of savage chair strikes from the flak-jacketed turncoat kept him grounded. The Hounds of Justice had been put down. Triple H’s “Plan B” had succeeded. The Architect of The Shield had become its arsonist.Since that night in Indianapolis — incidentally in the same building where the trio made their WWE debut — the WWE Universe has struggled to put the pieces together. As we wait for Ambrose and Reigns to make their next move in the wake of Rollins’ treason, we wonder: If The Shield were to replace Rollins with a new third member of the group, who should they choose? WWE.com’s editors picked six hypothetical Hounds of Justice that we’d like to see join the ranks of the black-clad rebels.
At Payback The Shield took down Evolution in a clean sweep and established themselves as the most dominant force in the WWE, perhaps the most dominant stable in the history of the company. Staking their collective claim on the future – who in their right minds would try to stop them? Over the past year and a half The Shield have torn through the roster on an unstoppable path, taking out legends, heroes and anybody else that stood in their way. It had become pretty obvious no outside force was ever going to break them. The only way The Shield would end would be a fracture on the inside. Oh dear.
At the start of RAW Evolution has a meeting in the ring and an infuriated Triple H demands another round against The Shield. He refuses to lose, he doesn’t lose, not ever. At this, Batista calls time. Telling him he’s sick of false promises and chasing around after The Shield. Batista quits! Evolution it seems, are done. Later on backstage Randy Orton is stopped by Renee Young and asked about the end of Evolution. He says it’s not over, he has a match later against Roman Reigns.
As the Main Event rolls around, the victorious Hounds of Justice come to the ring at Romans side, taking to the mics Ambrose jokingly asks the crowd how they look. They might be beat up and bruised but they’re unstoppable. When the napalm settled, they had once again done exactly what they’d said they’d do: Dominate. Rollins picks up and says The Shield adapted while Evolution perished. That the whole world had witnessed Evolutions implosion earlier in the night, that even though they were great, last night they were not ‘one’ like The Shield. In the end they were just three strangers who happened to be on the same side of the ring. Roman takes the mic and says that Evolution aren’t brothers, not like The Shield. The Shield are brothers. With that, he calls out Orton.
Answering the call, Randy Orton and Triple H come to the ring, Triple H with a sledgehammer over his shoulder. Rollins quickly goes to get chairs from ringside and gets back in the ring as Triple H addresses them. His message is simple: He doesn’t lose. Theres always a plan B.
With that, Seth Rollins strikes Roman Reigns with a steel chair. The chairshot heard around the world. A Stunned Ambrose stares at his friend and ‘brother’ and puts the pieces reluctantly together, surging forward to attack in true Ambrose style, but Rollins is armed and the chair gets put to further use. Rollins going on a relentless assault against his now former partners. Beating down Ambrose and Reigns until they’re motionless. He then strikes Ambrose with his Curb Stomp finisher on a chair, finally leaving the ring to join Evolution at their sides. Randy takes his turn, getting in the ring and battering Reigns with further shots. As the show closes out, Evolution and Rollins and stand over Ambrose and Reigns. Betrayed. Triple H simply mouths ‘I win’. The Shield are no more. But heres a question for you, Rollins: What man would willingly go from a Knight to a Pawn?
Congratulations to the boys on the biggest win of their careers so far. With Evolution well and truly put out to pasture it would seem The Shield are the new measuring stick in the WWE. I don’t think there’s very much left to prove, they now take their place as the standard.. and I’m guessing all will have to pass through them in the future. Heres the match review from WWE.com!
CHICAGO — Funny thing about the future — it has a way of becoming the past.
A decade ago, Triple H, Batista and Randy Orton — alongside Ric Flair — embodied the past, present and future of sports-entertainment all at once. They adopted the name Evolution for that very reason, which at the time was bad ass, but, in the wake of the events in Chicago, feels like a cosmic joke. At Payback, Evolution was the very thing that caught up with the collective of former World Champions, and it came in the form of three younger men in flak jackets and combat boots. In a No Holds Barred Elimination Match, The Shield beat the once unstoppable faction, sweeping their side completely in a lopsided three-to-zero victory that clearly illustrated which side adapted and which would perish.
Natural selection is never a pretty thing and that was certainly true here. When a match spills into the audience within the first minute of action, you know you’re in for a barnburner. And that’s what the rowdy Second City faithful got as WWE cameras struggled to keep up with three separate brawls in separate pockets of the arena — Reigns and Batista at the top of the entrance ramp, Ambrose and Orton at ringside and Rollins and Triple H slugging it out within an eyelash of fans. Eventually the six Superstars took a moment to breathe with each side manning their positions on opposite sides of the ring. There was a brief moment of strategic gamesmanship here — you could almost compare it to a chess game if chess was played by whipping the pieces at your opponent as hard you possibly can.
The advantage was The Shield’s at this point. Evolution may have been the better team to a man — more championships, more experience, more accomplishments — but The Shield was the better team, period. And the way they cut off Triple H in their respective corner and took turns teeing off on him (including Rollins busting out the late Eddie Guerrero’s Three Amigos triple suplex on him) highlighted that. But then the fight got ugly and Evolution showed what made them Evolution. Batista massacred Ambrose on the outside of the ring, pinballing him off the barricades with utter disdain. Somewhere in the Allstate Arena, Triple H knocked Rollins out cold with a piece of television equipment. With his partners both compromised, Reigns was left at the mercy of Evolution. Here was veteran wisdom on full display: they singled out The Shield’s strongest member, and then took him out with his own maneuver — a Triple Powerbomb through the Spanish announce table.
Ambrose and Rollins valiantly threw themselves back into the fight, but they would be neutralized again when Evolution unloaded on them with steel chairs at the top of the entrance ramp. A Pedigree from Triple H to Rollins on a chair on the concrete floor all but nullified The Architect. Back in the ring, Reigns found himself alone with Evolution once again — certainly no accident. At this point, Batista, Orton and Triple H made it clear that they weren’t just looking for victory — they were going to make a statement. Like three medieval sadists, they stripped Reigns off his flak jacket and shirt, laid him across the steel ring steps like a human sacrifice and took turns tearing up his back with kendo sticks. Reigns mustered a comeback by nailing Orton with a Superman Punch from the steps, but Evolution managed to put him down again. The numbers game — a term so often applied to The Shield — was continually used to describe Evolution in this bout.
When the fight made it to the top of the entrance ramp once again, Orton hit Ambrose with his draping DDT on the concrete floor. With that, all hope seemed to be lost for The Shield. And then Seth Rollins did it again. Materializing from out of thin air, The Mechanic flung himself from the top of the Payback entrance ramp set — in an act of mayhem reminiscent of his crowd dive at Extreme Rules — and took out all three members of Evolution at once.
Bang. That was the shot of adrenaline The Hounds of Justice needed.
From there, all six Superstars crawled — literally crawled — back to the ring where guys started dropping like teenagers in a “Friday the 13th” flick. Batista was the first to go after allowing Rollins to escape a Batista Bomb and getting speared into next week by Reigns. Rollins was almost next after an RKO from Orton, but Reigns once again saved his partner. The Viper went after that, taken out by Dirty Deeds from Ambrose onto a steel chair. Batista and Orton didn’t leave quietly, however. Orton slipped the sledgehammer to The Game, which Triple H used to turn out Ambrose’s lights. When he looked to do the same to Reigns, he turned his attention away from Rollins, who came off the top rope with a knee to The Game’s head. A second later, Reigns erupted out of the corner with another spear to pin Triple H and see The Shield score a clean sweep on Evolution.
And that was it. The takeaway? Experience can top a lot of things, but it can’t top hunger. And the growl of empty, insatiable bellies is what drove Rollins, Reigns and Ambrose to eat a buffet of former World Champions alive at Payback in Chicago. More than that? Be careful when choosing the name of your faction. It may come back to haunt you.
On the eve of Payback our resident writer Austin Skinner has some thoughts on The Shields battle with Evolution and where it goes from here. As always these are his opinions and not those of the site on the whole, but be sure to let us know what you think in comments or on Twitter/Facebook!
The Next Chapter for Dean Ambrose and the Shield By Austin Skinner
It is a very interesting time for Dean Ambrose and his brothers in arms that make up the rest of the Shield. Very recently, Dean Ambrose lost his United States Championship just shy of a year-long reign. But hold on, we’ll get there. Before I touch on how I think that’ll affect Ambrose specifically (as well as the Shield), I want to focus on what the Shield is actually up to right now.
To put it simply, the Shield has their hands quite full with Randy Orton, Triple H and Batista, collectively know as Evolution. Once the Shield made it clear that its own agenda wasn’t in favor of the Authority a few weeks back, the Evolution problem arose. In order to put down a very dangerous potential coo, Triple H reformed Evolution in an attempt to put down the rebellious trio. Several confrontations (both verbal and physical) occurred and finally a match was to be held. At WW Extreme Rules, the Shield would take on Evolution and it would be nothing short of chaos. Now, with the dust from Extreme Rules totally settled, the Shield has a solid victory over Evolution and a problem that is far from over. After a few singles matches between Shield and Evolution members on Raw, the conflict has only heated up and it is obvious that Evolution is far more geared up and ready this time around for their No Holds Barred Elimination tag team match at WWE Payback on Sunday, June first.
With all that said, where do I think the Shield will end up at Payback? I believe Evolution will have the day. How will it happen? Your guess is as good as mine, but my wrestling-savvy brain tells me that revenge for Evolution would be the most likely outcome for Payback. Will it be a cut-and-dry victory, I highly doubt it. The Shield has major momentum right now and a clear victory in favor of Evolution would affect it (not to say that it would set them back too much though, as it is Evolution we’re talking about here). As far as the feud between Evolution and the Shield is concerned, something makes me also doubt that Payback will be the final showdown between these two factions. It is a hot angle for the company right now and by a turn of events concerning Daniel Bryan, odds are, it will be the main event of the evening. Rumor is that Batista is supposedly taking some time off after Payback. Perhaps this fact will help shape the angle moving forward? Will he suffer an ‘injury’ at the hands of the Shield at Payback? Again, your guess is as good as mine. Only time will tell which team really is the most dominant entity in the WWE. After all, the WWE isn’t big enough for the two of them!
On the May fifth edition of Monday Night Raw, Dean Ambrose was dethroned as United States Champion after being thrown over the top rope by Sheamus during a battle royal for said championship. Every champion loses his title at some time or another, but in this specific case, I’m not sure I agreed with the decision for two simple reasons. Firstly, and the more nitpicky issue I had with the decision to take the belt from Ambrose, was to have him lose the belt almost a little over a week shy of his one year mark. Why keep it on him for this long only to have him drop the belt right before the one-year mark? This was kind of a lame decision in my opinion. At least let him claim a year-long reign to make it note-worthy before changing champions. Secondly, why Sheamus? In any event, Sheamus has already been established as a possible main event guy in the past years, why return him to the mid-card scene? There are plenty of guys currently in the mid-card scene that could have used the winning of the United States Championship as a launching pad to the next level (which many so desperately need). Why not try to legitimize a different underused or new mid-card guy by beating a long reigning champion and making a name for themselves that they could work with for a while? Why does the belt go to Sheamus instead? I can only hope that the decision was made so that the program Sheamus is working with Cesaro for the title now eventually has Cesaro win it to further establish his place in the WWE.
On the other hand, perhaps it was the right time for Dean to drop the belt. He and the Shield are working a major program with Evolution right now and the title would have only gotten lost in the shuffle. It has become somewhat of a showpiece for Ambrose to carry around and perhaps it was time to shed the baggage. After all, no member of the Shield needs a championship, as they are all established and fighting for a greater cause. It was an unexpected turn for WWE to take so soon but, hopefully, they did so for all the right reasons. I’d like to believe that to be the case.
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Noted Ring Names: Dean Ambrose, Jon Moxley From: Cincinnati, Ohio Date of Birth: December 7, 1985 Working For: WWE Debut: Survivor Series 2012 WWE Titles Held: United States Championship Mini Biography: Dean Ambrose started his career back in 2004 under the name of Jon Moxley. Earning high praise from independent companies around the world, he became a household name for the hardcore, holding championship gold in companies such as Combat Zone Wrestling. With his name capturing the attention of wrestling fans across the globe, Jon soon earned a developmental contract with the WWE. He then took on the name of Dean Ambrose and began the process of cementing his name in stone. Feuding with William Regal and Seth Rollins most notably on NXT, Ambrose went on to make his much anticipated main roster debut at Survivor Series 2012, coming in alongside Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns to make a massive impact in the main event, aiding CM Punk in retaining his WWE Championship. The Shield have torn an unstoppable path through the WWE and at Extreme Rules 2013, Dean laid claim to his first taste of WWE gold, capturing the United States Championship. Described by WWE as "Fearless, wild and always unpredictable" as well as a "world class competitor and infamous troublemaker" - Dean Ambrose is the rising star to watch! Full Biography:Click Here! Full Statistics:Click Here!
Show: RAW August 18th, 2014 Match: Dean Ambrose Vs Seth Rollins (No Contest) Summary: The WWE Universe did, indeed, decide Dean Ambrose’s fate. Even though their selection of a Falls Count Anywhere Match firmly put Seth Rollins in the unstable one’s home turf, the anything-goes atmosphere ultimately allowed The Authority to make their biggest play yet in removing Ambrose from Rollins’ path. The decisive maneuver came after a lengthy street-style brawl between the two former Shield members wherein Ambrose bounced Rollins off the stage and The Aerialist chopped away at Ambrose with a Kendo stick before powerbombing him onto a pile of chairs. Ambrose answered with a superplex through a table. Kane, who had been observing at ringside, came in to aid Rollins when things got the most dire, and channeled his inner demon for the occasion. Not only did he help Rollins Curb Stomp Ambrose atop the announce table, he also removed the timekeeper’s desk to expose a hidden pile of cinder blocks through which Rollins drove Ambrose’s skull with a second Curb Stomp that caused the ref to stop the match. Advantage: Authority. Full Review: Click Here! Digitals:Click Here! Screencaptures:Click Here!
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