The Undertaker Is the Last Big Test for The Shield

Travis Taylor@@WriterTaylorFeatured ColumnistApril 22, 2013

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The last big test for The Shield and their reign of dominance will come at the hands of The Undertaker. If the trio from NXT can beat the Deadman, they can prove they are among the best the WWE has to offer.

Since their debut at Survivor Series 2012, no single superstar or combination of superstars has survived their wrath.

Undertaker is a huge institution in the WWE. Since his debut in 1990 at Survivor Series, he has been a dominant force inside the squared circle. Not only is he a master of mind games, but he has also collected titles along the way. Among his accomplishments, seven WWE and World titles, six WWF tag team titles and one WCW tag team title.

His 21-0 record at WrestleMania, and his nearly two-year undefeated streak in the '90s, has made him the man to beat. If Dean Ambrose, Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns can take down Undertaker, it will make their careers.

There's a reason man after man has sought to defeat Undertaker. It's because there is a prestige that comes from beating the Phenom, the man who is the last remaining wrestler on the active roster who also appeared on the very first Raw. Undertaker has done everything in the WWE.

On the April 15 edition of Raw, CM Punk summed it up best when he said that beating Undertaker, and thus the streak, was bigger than the WWE championship.

He's right. Very few men can claim pinfall victories over the Deadman. Among those are Hulk Hogan, Mankind, Bret Hart, Shawn Michaels, Steve Austin, The Rock and Triple H. The one constant among these men? They were all world champions at one point or another in their careers.

It's doubtful any of the three men from NXT will score a pinfall on Undertaker. It's a big enough deal that he's appearing on Raw. Having him lose in such a way in a rare appearance just isn’t going to happen.

Either the match breaks down and is declared a no-contest, or a member of Team Hell No gets pinned. The latter scenario is most likely. It saves the Deadman a true defeat and sets up The Shield for a title match at Extreme Rules.

But titles aside, The Shield must pass the hurdle that is Undertaker. Like Undertaker, they too debuted at Survivor Series and since then have barreled through every single wrestler who has stepped in their path. Ryback, Randy Orton, John Cena, Kane, Daniel Bryan, Rock and even The Big Show didn’t stop them.

Right now, Ambrose, Rollins and Reigns are nothing more than thugs. They run in, beat up people and run away. But when they wrestle, the trio from NXT shows they are capable of so much more.

If The Shield can defeat Undertaker, they can prove they are among the upper echelon of WWE wrestlers, worthy of more than just hit-and-runs.

Undertaker is their last big test. Beat the Deadman and the WWE Universe will have no choice but to believe in The Shield.