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Wow. That's about the best word to describe the all-out brawl between the team of Ryback and Team Hell No and The Shield. Going into the night it was pretty obvious that it would be among the best matches on the card, but it blew me away and I have no problem calling it the top WWE match of 2012.
The men involved did everything they had to in order to make it a successful match and the result was perfect as The Shield won by powerbombing Daniel Bryan through a table and pinning him. The Shield needed the win more than the other side since they are still early in their development and they did it in impressive fashion.
There were constant awesome spots throughout the affair, but the best was definitely Kane's chokeslam on Dean Ambrose onto a chair. It folded the chair in half in the opposite direction and folded Ambrose in half as well. Also, The Shield executed a double superplex off the top rope with the aid of a table, which is a move you don't see every day.
Ryback was also handled very well throughout the contest. He dominated early, but The Shield hit him with their signature triple powerbomb through the announce table and took him out for a while. This gave The Shield an opportunity to flex their muscle and work over both members of Team Hell No for an extended period of time. This included Roman Reigns spearing Kane through the barricade and essentially eliminating him from the match.
Ryback eventually came to his senses and started to work over The Shield once again, but they brought him up the ramp and hit him with repeated chair shots. Seth Rollins attempted to dive onto Ryback through a table; however, Ryback recovered and put Rollins through some stacked tables. Ryback couldn't get back to the ring fast enough to save Bryan, though.
The Shield looked absolutely fantastic as all of them proved that they can work and they also showed their brutality. At the same time, Ryback didn't look weak because he didn't take the fall, he got plenty of offense in and it took three men to hold him at bay. The most obvious move was to have Bryan get pinned and that is precisely what happened.
This match was absolutely perfect from an in-ring and booking perspective and it is a match that fans will likely remember for a long time to come. Also, if Ambrose, Rollins and Reigns live up to their potential, fans will look back to this battle as the perfect first impression for The Shield.