In one of the biggest upsets in recent WWE history, The Shield—made up of Dean Ambrose, Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns—defeated John Cena, Ryback and Sheamus at the 2013 Elimination Chamber pay-per-view.
The six men were pitted against each other in a three-on-three tag match that saw an incredible amount of action, an abundance of in-ring excellence and a few memorable spots.
A victory for The Shield is huge for the momentum of the group, but that fact that the win came at the expense of the three biggest faces in the company proves the WWE management is all-in on this trio of fresh faces.
What It Means
The win on Sunday for The Shield in only the trio’s second televised match is the biggest of their careers and a sign of the big plans ahead for the group.
The trio didn’t just beat any three stars at Elimination Chamber; The Shield beat Cena, Ryback and Sheamus. It’s flat out amazing.
As much as a loss hurts the momentum of the three faces, Cena, Ryback and Sheamus will be fine moving into WrestleMania besides taking a defeat against The Shield. These three face stars look strong all the time, and letting another group look dominant for once isn’t a bad idea.
The Shield will be riding a huge amount of momentum after a victory of this magnitude, and where the WWE takes the trio next will be the most important step in the group’s evolution.
After facing the three biggest stars in the company, The Shield must find something meaningful to do in order to keep the WWE Universe entertained.
It will be hard to top winning against Cena, Ryback and Sheamus.
As for the superfaces, the three men will overcome this loss and go on to have huge matches at WrestleMania 29. With The Shield looking extremely strong and these three superstars not looking any worse for taking the loss, the WWE booked this perfectly.