WrestleMania 29 kicked off with a match that has been a long time coming. Randy Orton, Sheamus and Big Show took on Seth Rollins, Roman Reigns and Dean Ambrose, the trio known as The Shield.
And this was a good one.
The match began with The Shield’s power man, Roman Reigns, and The Great White, Sheamus. The opening match on the card immediately received a good response from the crowd and it grew even louder when Randy Orton tagged in.
And to be honest, Orton was not very well received.
As we all know, the New Jersey/New York crowd is very tough, yet I was a bit surprised at its early treatment of The Viper.
The action began to pick up as The Shield tagged in and out very quickly. Even though Dean Ambrose found himself on the wrong end of several huge chops from Big Show, the three NXT newcomers rebounded very quickly.
Using the numbers game to their advantage as always, The Shield worked together perhaps better than any fully established tag team I personally have seen in a very long time. The effort at making them look as good as possible is extremely evident as is the work they have put in to be as cohesive as they are.
The momentum shifted back and forth, with both teams vying for the upper hand. The team of Sheamus Big Show and Sheamus appeared to be working quite nicely together, as many doubted if the Giant would cooperate with his new allies.
But the pivotal moment came when Sheamus, who had been beaten down, was very close to tagging in Big Show, was instead tagged out by Orton.
Big Show was visibly unhappy by the move, as he seemed primed and ready to come in and clean house. As Randy took care of business in the ring, it seemed as though none of that would make any difference. He was on his way to getting the final pin.
At the last moment however, Reigns hit the spear on Orton and The Shield got the 1,2,3.
Your winners, The Shield.
To be honest, the ending does not surprise me. I predicted The Shield would come out victorious on this one. They have just had so much spotlight, so much momentum, that to envision them losing all of that now just made no sense.
But, it’s the ending that surprised me.
Again, the question as to whether Big Show could be trusted is one that was on everyone’s mind, the one that WWE kept pushing on fans. It seemed logical. How could Orton and Sheamus trust him, after the past wars they both had with him?
But Big Show was very close to getting the tag. His hand was mere inches from Sheamus, who was reaching for him. It’s Randy Orton who changed the game at the last minute, tagged himself in and left Big Show standing on the apron looking surprised, disappointed and disgusted.
So where do we go from here?
For me, I can imagine Randy making the point that he could not trust that Big Show could bring home the win. He could say that he was fully confident that he could get it done, that he felt as though Show would somehow drop the ball.
Yet here we are, with The Shield on top again and the WWE Superstars back to square one.
For Big Show, he now has every reason to point the finger in Randy’s direction. If only Randy had stayed out of it. If only he had just let Big Show go to work. Had Randy just set aside his own ego, then this match would have turned out a lot differently.
And to be honest, he has a very valid point.
The problems between Randy Orton and Big Show are really only just beginning and we will surely see them escalate in the coming weeks on TV. This will probably get a lot worse before it gets better for either man.
This match did what it was meant to do. It set the tone for the rest of the night. For me, this was a good opening in a rivalry involving a team in The Shield that is likely only getting started in WWE.