We track how The Shield became a force in the WWE
By Sam Pettit
Last Updated: 22/10/17 8:17am
At Survivor Series in November 2012, Ryback was mere moments from claiming the WWE Championship when he was attacked and Triple Powerbombed through a table. The Shield had announced their arrival in a big way.
Just two weeks ago, Roman Reigns, Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins reunited after a lengthy time apart, to reignite one of the most dominant factions in WWE history.
This weekend, they face The Miz, Sheamus & Cesaro, Braun Strowman and Kane at TLC, the event at which they made their in-ring debut five years ago.
Ahead of that showdown, we're taking a quick look at the big moments in The Shield's history:
TLC - December 16, 2012
Having run roughshod over much of the WWE locker-room since arriving at Survivor Series, The Shield made their in-ring debut on the main WWE roster at TLC, taking on Team Hell No and Ryback. Power-bombing Daniel Bryan through a table from the top rope, they notched their first victory.
Extreme Rules - May 19, 2013
Extreme Rules saw The Shield became the first faction to all hold WWE titles since Evolution in 2003. Ambrose defeated Kofi Kingston to win the United States Title, while Reigns and Rollins teamed up to take the Tag Team Titles from Team Hell No.
Raw - March 3, 2014
A week after losing to The Wyatt Family at Elimination Chamber, The Shield got a rematch on Raw. However, with Ambrose crawling to his corner to make a tag, Seth dropped from the apron and walked out of the match. There had been signs of fractures in The Shield's armour leading up to this point and Rollins claimed he couldn't continue being the glue holding them all together.
They would reconcile their differences on the next edition of Smackdown
Raw - March 17, 2014
The Shield had become a key part of The Authority, mainly serving as their enforcers. However, that all changed when they turned on Director of Operations Kane. A month later, they would also turn on COO Triple H.
Flanked by Batista and Randy Orton in the newly-reformed Evolution, Triple H responded by attacking The Shield. The teams would meet at Extreme Rules and Payback, with The Shield victorious on both occasions.
Raw - June 2, 2014
Twenty-four hours after their win at Payback, Rollins stunned the WWE Universe by turning his back on The Shield, attacking Ambrose and Reigns, and joining forces with Triple H and The Authority.
Payback - May 17, 2015
In a Fatal-4-Way match for the WWE Championship, Reigns, Rollins and Ambrose, now rivals, teamed up to Triple Powerbomb Randy Orton through a table. That reunion would last mere seconds, though.
Survivor Series - November 20, 2016
Again The Shield show flickers of their old selves. Despite being on separate sides, they teamed up in the tag-team match between Team Raw and Team Smackdown, delivering a Triple Powerbomb to Ambrose's unsuspecting Smackdown colleague AJ Styles.
Raw - July 10
No longer aligned with The Authority, Rollins rushed to the ring to save Ambrose from an attack by The Miz and The Miztourage. Ambrose was reluctant to immediately trust Rollins after their storied history, though.
Raw - October 3, 2017
The week prior, Reigns had suffered a beatdown at the hands of The Miz, Curtis Axel, Cesaro and Sheamus. Still reeling in the locker-room, he was joined by Rollins and Ambrose, who had now rekindled their alliance to win the WWE Raw Tag Team titles. No words were said as that edition of Raw went off the air, but rumours were quickly circulating that The Shield were back as one.
Then on October 3, Reigns confronted The Miz, revealing that The Shield had reunited and, flanked by Ambrose and Rollins, took apart The Miz, Curtis Axel, Cesaro and Sheamus, before attacking Braun Strowman later in the night to set up their tasty clash at TLC this weekend live on Sky Sports Box Office.
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