The Shield passed another huge test on Monday's WWE Raw, this time one that included defeating Undertaker's team.
Roman Reigns, Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose beat Undertaker, Kane and Daniel Bryan in front of an exuberant crowd in London. This win is their biggest yet. Not only was it against three former world champions, but it was also the latest in an exponentially impressive streak.
Winning on WWE Raw extends their unblemished run into uncharted territory.
Ryback, Goldberg, Tatanka and others have begun their careers on similar tears, but fans haven't seen a team run into the WWE jungle and pick off all its alpha males. This trio of jackals has not only been booked to win and win again, but have left a wake of masterworks behind them.
The Shield, like it has done several times since its debut at Survivor Series, delivered the highlight of the show on Monday.
Reigns, Rollins and Ambrose begun the night with the most talked about entrance of the episode, making their way into the O2 Arena by way of helicopter.
Renee Young noted the only thing the moment lacked.
A sneak attack on Kane and Daniel Bryan in mid-strategy session left the tag team champs lying unmoving on the floor. It appeared The Undertaker would be forced to fight The Shield alone.
Undertaker slugged his incoming attackers and fended them off momentarily. Just as he began to look overwhelmed, succumbing to the power of The Shield's number advantage, Kane and Bryan rushed in to help him.
Team Hell No and Undertaker worked as the more cohesive unit in the opening moments. Undertaker and Kane took turns clobbering Dean Ambrose, and Kane catapulted Bryan into Reigns.
Eventually, The Shield seized back control of the match.
Their usual swarming offense brought Kane to his knees, and the group then pounded on the big man.
Bryan later infused the match with frenetic energy. He soared between the ropes and then dived to the outside in a thrilling collision with Rollins. The London crowd began to chant: "This is awesome."
The Undertaker paced on the apron like a tiger.
Bryan tagged him in after taking some major punishment. Enraged, The Deadman charged around the ring and clocked every Shield member in punching range.
Both teams showed great chemistry. Both teams hit some of their best moves. The momentum shifted constantly.
It was a match that took the fans on a journey, one that exceeded Chris Jericho vs. Dolph Ziggler and all the other night's offerings.
It was fun. It was engrossing. It was yet another statement from The Shield that it not only belongs near the top of the WWE, but should stay there indefinitely.
Cageside Seats tweeted some succinct and spot-on thoughts about the match.
Cageside Seats @cagesideseats
Everything about that was phenomenal. Just stop watching now, because they won't top that. Undertaker was awesome. Shield deliver again.4/23/2013, 2:16:10 AM
Bryan went for his diving headbutt on Ambrose and missed. Ambrose hooked the leg and got the win.
The Shield, defiant and dominant, continued its run of delivering in the biggest of moments. It can take "knocking off a team with The Undertaker" off its checklist.
Championship gold and glory in surplus await them with little standing in their way.
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