The Shield has done some impressive work since debuting with a fury at last year's Survivor Series, but it can’t be considered among the greatest three-man teams in wrestling history.
While announcing The Shield's matches, JBL has compared Dean Ambrose, Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns to teams like The Four Horsemen. It's too early to crown them when they have been around less than a year. Trios that have won several championships or changed the industry have to be ranked above them, at least for now.
Yes, The Shield has been a part of an impressive number of classic matches already, but let's wait to see what Reigns, Rollins and Ambrose do over the course of a career before we put them in the Hall of Fame.
The following are the three-man teams The Shield should aspire to match and surpass.
These are the best, most entertaining and influential trios from All Japan Pro Wrestling, Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre, World Class Championship Wrestling, TNA, WCW, WWE and more.
Some quality teams were excluded for not being a three-man team consistently enough. The Dudley Boyz sometimes added Spike Dudley to the mix, but not consistently enough to be considered here. The Von Erichs often fought as a threesome, but the legendary family was more than just Kevin, Kerry and Mike. Lance, Mike and patriarch Fritz Von Erich joined them in battle as well.
Should The Shield's momentum continue, we should see them make their way onto this list and gradually climb it.