The Shield completely fulfilled their much-anticipated potential Sunday night in the WWE's Tables, Ladders and Chairs extravaganza.
Rather than disappear from their role as the WWE's newest group of heels, The Shield legitimized themselves with a nearly flawless performance.
It wasn't just about Dean Ambrose, Roman Reigns or Seth Rollins. It was about how the three men worked as a cohesive unit, with each performer showing his own specific set of skills throughout the match.
That's what makes for exciting wrestling, and it's exactly what made the group's six-man tag-team match versus Team Hell No and Ryback the best match of the night. Kane, Daniel Bryan and Ryback did their job as well, but those guys were expected to pull their weight in this bout.
If The Shield had lost Sunday night, this match would have been pointless. The trio needed to win to solidify its role as the company's heels for the foreseeable future.
Because that happened, the storyline surrounding Ambrose, Reigns and Rollins could really go anywhere from this point forward. Having those options only makes this group more intriguing overall, especially because each wrestler can handle his own individual role.
Watching the group isolate Kane and Ryback at one point in the match and then powerbomb Ryback through the Spanish announcers' table might have been the moment of the night. Each guy took, at least, one bump, but they were still able to put the seemingly indestructible Ryback down with a purpose.
Reigns' powerbomb on Bryan wasn't too shabby either.
Doing that showed exactly what the WWE expects of these guys. They're supposed to squash people, and it had to happen on Sunday if it was going to go anywhere in the long run.
The Shield made great use of all possible options in Sunday night's TLC match while showing off their team chemistry and individual abilities. That's what it's all about if you want to climb the WWE's ladder.
Keep an eye on this group. After picking up a win in their first main event, don't expect their momentum to stop any time soon.