John Cena, Ryback and Sheamus Will Face the Shield at WWE Elimination Chamber

Donald WoodFeatured ColumnistFebruary 5, 2013

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Many fans were calling for the WWE to make an impact with the stable known as The Shield. By announcing that the trio would fight the three biggest faces at Elimination Chamber—Ryback, John Cena and Sheamus—the company is giving the young stars a chance to shine.

According to, the Elimination Chamber pay-per-view will be The Shield’s second chance to make an impact on the WWE Universe:

At Elimination Chamber, the brazen upstarts may get their own taste of justice, however, when they face the WWE super team of John Cena, Sheamus & Ryback.

One week after falling victim to The Shield’s numbers game, the Cenation leader recruited Sheamus and Ryback — other prominent Shield victims — and challenged the rebellious trio to a six-man tag just moments after the Feb. 4 edition of Raw went off the air.

Dean Ambrose, Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns are three of the brightest young stars on the roster, and as the WWE Universe continues on the road to WrestleMania 29, this trio has an opportunity to showcase just how great they really are.

Prepare to have your mind blown, WWE Universe.



What It Means

This match is the easiest way for the WWE creative team to get three of the company’s top good guys onto the Elimination Chamber card before WrestleMania without turning it into a long-term storyline.

There are many stars that want to beat up The Shield for their actions. So when Cena, Sheamus and Ryback walk away from this feud to concentrate on WrestleMania 29, there will be no questions asked.

As far as the match itself goes, the action we saw in the trio’s match at the TLC pay-per-view will be a good bar to set for this battle, but it will be interesting to see how well The Shield handles working with three of the least-technical brawlers in the company.


What’s Next?

It was just a few months ago that these talented young stars were sharpening their teeth in NXT and now they are on the fast track to becoming one of the most memorable heel stables in history.

The WWE has handled their continued interruptions and attacks perfectly, but the company must continue to make the trio look strong even in defeat.

If this is to remain a viable heel stable, they must hold the illusion of power.

The odds that The Shield walk out of the Elimination Chamber victorious are small—it’s hard enough beating one of these faces, let alone all three—but the rub they will receive from just being in this match will be huge.

If The Shield were to win, though, the WWE Universe would have three bona fide stars on its hands.


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