The Shield: WWE NXT Matches to Watch to Check out What They Have to Offer
To get on to the WWE roster, you have to be able to perform in the ring. Dean Ambrose, Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns can definitely hold their own in the squared circle.
Members of the WWE's newest supergroup, "The Shield," have taken the WWE Universe by storm with their brash, aggressive attitude as they leave a pile of WWE Superstars in their wake.
Because we've only seen them in a few WWE matches and just one pay-per-view match, here are a few matches to check out to get better acquainted with Ambrose, Rollins and Reigns.
Dean Ambrose seems to be the vocal leader of The Shield and was very active in FCW and WWE NXT. Photo Courtesy of WWE.com
So far, Dean Ambrose looks to be the leader, at least vocally, of the WWE's newest faction. Ambrose was busy in WWE developmental programs FCW and NXT, engaging in numerous solid matches, including encounters with WWE Champion CM Punk and WWE veteran William Regal.
Here's the CM Punk match. This match came about as Ambrose called out a visiting CM Punk during an FCW show. Ambrose kept talking, which eventually led to Punk trading his cargo shorts for ring gear and hopping into the FCW ring.
The Punk match shows off Ambrose's technical skills, along with his overall ability to hang in the ring with one of the WWE's top in-ring performers in CM Punk.
His matches with William Regal in FCW were also very telling of his skill set. In this match, Ambrose goes toe-to-toe with William Regal, one of the most talented in-ring WWE veterans.
This match shows a lot about Ambrose. One second, he's trading complicated technical maneuvers with Regal, and the next, he's throwing devastating elbows and forearms. Ambrose looks great as a technical Superstar, but can also pull off being a brawler.
I know what you're thinking. "But Daine, didn't Dean Ambrose have a 5-Star match?"
Yes reader, he did, and that match was with...
Seth Rollins had a few classic matches in FCW and NXT and was even the first ever WWE NXT Champion. Photo Courtesy of WWE.com
Rollins is a very talented professional wrestler who conquered independent organizations like Ring of Honor and Pro Wrestling Guerrilla.
While Rollins put on a number of impressive matches before he came to the WWE, he's had his fair share of awesome encounters since walking into the FCW arena.
The five-star match with Dean Ambrose is, for lack of a better term, awesome. The match, seen here, is a 30-minute Iron Man match, and it has everything. You get to see Ambrose as a brawler, a technician and overall weirdo with his in-ring antics, and you get to see Rollins as a risk-taking high flyer with ivy league-educated feet.
These two have put on a ton of classic matches, but the match listed above is their best work in WWE developmental. It's a microcosm of what both guys are about, and it really shows off what they bring to the WWE table.
Rollins even got a solid match out of Jinder Mahal as they fought for the first ever WWE NXT Championship.
Reigns, the strong, silent big man for The Shield, had a few great matches of his own in developmental. Photo Courtesy of WWE.com
Roman Reigns, so far, appears to be the muscle-bound enforcer of the group. He hasn't had many opportunities to show off his one-on-one in-ring skills yet, which may be by design.
Reigns is a great professional wrestler; he's just a little greener than Rollins and Ambrose. While Rollins and Ambrose were cutting their teeth in independent promotions, Reigns was playing college and professional football. Reigns went right to FCW, which eventually became NXT, and then the WWE.
All that said, he isn't bad in the ring. Reigns can go as well as the next NXT guy; he has put on quite a few watch-worthy matches in his time at FCW and NXT.
One of those matches was this one. Reigns (Leakee at the time) took on Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose in a triple threat match. While fans, at the time, didn't know that they would be seeing a lot more of this trio in the WWE, they did know that they were seeing a solid match.
In the match, Reigns shows off his athleticism, jumping over his opponents like he wasn't 6'3'' and 265 lbs. Reigns looks like a monster with his hard-hitting moves against two of the best young guys in the business.
One of Reigns' showdowns with Leo Kruger was another must-see for fans of The Shield's enforcer. In this match, Reigns shows his softer side, utilizing a few submission moves while keeping his athletic giant thing rolling.