10 Dream Matches for The Shield

The Doctor Chris Mueller@@BR_DoctorFeatured ColumnistApril 19, 2013

10 Dream Matches for The Shield

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    WWE.com recently posted a list of 7 Dream Teams to Face The Shield. While the list included some heavy hitters, it certainly missed out on some great names from wrestling history.

    Throughout the decades, many teams have come and gone in wrestling, but some stand out above the rest. Some of this list will be made up of established teams who worked together and some of the list will be teams who are simply ""Dream Teams."

    This slideshow will look at 10 trios from wrestling history who could have been great "Dream Match" opponents for The Shield.

The Fabulous Freebirds

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    The Fabulous Freebirds were three men who helped make tag team wrestling popular in World Class Championship Wrestling in the '80s.

    Michael Hayes, Terry Gordy and Buddy Roberts were three men who knew how to be bad guys, and they did it better than anyone else.

    Their legendary matches with The Von Erich family are well-documented, and often overshadowed the World title feuds going on.

    They also had some notable matches with The Road Warriors in AWA, and even had a brief run in the then-WWF.

    If 3MB are a rock band, then The Fabulous Freebirds were Rock Gods.

Sting and The Road Warriors

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    Hawk and Animal were primarily a duo, but every once in awhile, they would add a third man for a match.

    Sting had a gimmick that meshed well with Hawk and Animal, which made it seem logical whenever they teamed up, but they had more matches as opponents over the years than they ever had as partners.

    All three men were powerhouses in the ring, but they also had great wrestling ability. If there was ever anyone who could have been a great third member of The Road Warriors, it would have been Sting.

    Had The Shield existed 15 years ago, then these three men would have made ideal opponents.

The Original NWO Three

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    The Shield have been very successful during their time in WWE, beating anyone who has tried to stop them, but there is a trio who was even more dominant in their time.

    Kevin Nash and Scott Hall made history with Hulk Hogan as the original New World Order. Over the couple years the NWO existed, we saw dozens of Superstars come and go and a handful of off-shoots pop up and fade away, but the original three are the reason the angle worked.

    Hulk Hogan was the biggest thing in wrestling at the time, and a heel turn for him back then was as unexpected as a heel turn would be for John Cena today.

    The Shield might be good, but nobody was better than Hogan, Hall and Nash when it came to generating heel heat and getting the job done.

Degeneration X

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    WARNING: The video included is an uncensored version of a famous promo DX delivered. The are some NSFW words. Play at your own risk.

    Degeneration X is one of the most well-known groups in WWE history. Who else would be better opponents for The Shield than a group who did their own thing just like The Shield are doing now?

    Which three members of DX would face them? The answer is simple.

    Triple H, Shawn Michaels and Chyna. That's right, I said Chyna. Remember, this is a dream match, so I am talking about DX circa 1997.

    Chyna was someone who could challenge any man in the ring at that time, and she made history by becoming the first woman to ever win the Intercontinental title.

    DX was a major reason we had the Attitude Era, and the original three hoodlums were what really sold the angle. Everything that came after was just an added bonus.

    Triple H, Michaels and Chyna would have made an entertaining trio to take on The Shield.

Big Bossman, The Mountie and Sgt. Slaughter

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    This might seem like an odd trio at first glance, but hear me out. All three of these men had something in common: The Law.

    Jacques Rougeau was a heel throughout his entire run as The Mountie, while Slaughter and Bossman had successful runs as both heels and babyfaces.

    The Shield say they represent justice. Well, who better represents justice than a Canadian Mountie, a Police Officer and an Army Commander?

    Big Bossman even wore the same tactical attire The Shield wear for a few years.

    This would be three of the most memorable gimmicks from the '80s and '90s taking on the hottest group of today. What's not to love?

The Undertaker, Kane and Mankind

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    The Undertaker and Kane are set to team with Daniel Bryan on Raw to take on The Shield, but if this were 10 years ago, Mick Foley would have been the third man in this team.

    Mankind, Undertaker and Kane represent the three most sadistic characters in WWE history, and each of the has a long history with the other two men.

    Every combination of the three had epic feuds both as partners and opponents, which is part of what would make them such a formidable team for The Shield.

    This match is one of the few on the list that would actually still be possible today, but it is unlikely.

William Regal, Finlay and Dave Taylor

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    This would be a match that both fans of European wrestlers as well as anyone who is a fan of great technical wrestling would enjoy.

    Finlay, Dave Taylor and William Regal represent all the hard workers who were never brought into the main event on a full-time basis, but could out-wrestle anyone in any ring.

    These three men all have history together in WCW, WWE and in Europe, and teaming up together to take on a team the likes of The Shield would be a wrestling purist's dream match.

    This is not going to appeal to the seven-year-olds out there. This match is going to appeal to fans of great wrestling.

Kurt Angle, Brock Lesnar and Dolph Ziggler

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    Kurt Angle is a two-time NCAA champion, Olympic Gold Medalist and winner of countless titles in WWE and TNA.

    Brock Lesnar is an NCAA champion, former UFC Heavyweight Champion and a three-time WWE champion.

    Dolph Ziggler is a three-time All-Mid-American Conference champion from Kent State, set the record for most career wins in Kent State history and is a two-time World champion.

    These three men represent three of the most successful collegiate wrestlers to ever step foot in a WWE ring, and teaming together to take on The Shield would be the ultimate dream team.

    Brock is the power, Angle is the technician and Ziggler is the show off. What is there not to like about this team?

Jerry Lynn, RVD and Sabu

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    The first ECW trio on the list is made up of three men who personified what the "Extreme" stood for in Extreme Championship Wrestling.

    Their risk-taking styles helped make ECW one of the most talked-about promotions without a national audience.

    It is sometimes shocking that all three of these men are not confined to wheelchairs, or worse, when you go back and look at some of the hell they put each other through.

    Before WWE had the TLC match, RVD, Sabu and Jerry Lynn were using all these weapons, and dozens of others, to bust each other open and give the fans a great show.

    The Shield would be hard-pressed to find a team of wrestlers more dangerous than these three men.

Raven, Tommy Dreamer and Shane Douglas

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    The second ECW trio on the list features three men who made up the heart and soul of ECW.

    Without Tommy Dreamer, Raven or Shane Douglas there never would have been an ECW the way we know it.

    Shane Douglas was the one who turned Eastern Championship Wrestling into Extreme Championship Wrestling during a now-legendary promo, but it was the feud between Raven and Tommy Dreamer that kept the company going through the tough times.

    If The Shield ever wanted to find a trio of men who were willing to do more for the entertainment of the fans than anyone else, then they would have found it in these men.

    Thanks for reading and feel free to share your dream teams to face The Shield.


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