In the opening contest of WWE presents Wrestlemania 29, The Shield took down Randy Orton, Sheamus and Big Show in a six-man tag team match. The ending transpired when Roman Reigns speared Orton and Dean Ambrose covered him for the pin, with Big Show watching on effortlessly.
As controversial as the ending may have been, it was the right move.
The Shield entered this match as an undefeated trio that had run rampant throughout the WWE. With wins over powerhouse wrestlers and genuine stars, Ambrose, Reigns and Seth Rollins had become one of the most powerful trios in recent memory.
With that being said, they had nothing which compares to a Wrestlemania win.
Tonight, they proved their legitimacy.
The Shield come to the WWE at a time in which the likes of The Nexus have created an expectation for gang mentality warfare. The difference is, the Shield has managed to come to the grandest stage of them all and entered the ranks of legends.
Quite frankly, that was the only rational decision.
Orton, Sheamus and Big Show are established stars and former world champions. By winning a six-man tag team match at Wrestlemania and becoming the trio known for taking down The Shield, there would be no benefit to their respective careers.
Fortunately, it was the young guns who clinched this win and created the potential for an even greater future.
Rollins, a former Ring of Honor champion and two-time ROH World Tag Team champion, has future WWE champion written all over him. Not only is he agile in the ring, but his mic skills have improved since teaming up with Ambrose.
The potential for a feud with the likes of ROH alum CM Punk has brilliance written all over it.
Ambrose, meanwhile, rose to fame on the independent ranks by way of his elite work on the mic. From his chilling promos in rundown locations to his uncanny ability to berate an opponent in the ring, Ambrose has all of the tools to be a super heel.
With or without The Shield, Ambrose could be one of the most marketable names in the company.
As for Reigns, he comes at the perfect time for the WWE. Although limited in height, Reigns is a strong-arm wrestler who enters the company at a time in which their most powerful wrestlers are rapidly aging.
With this win, each of these wrestlers could reach their limitless potential—a process that would have stunted had they lost.