Justice. That's what it's been all about since Seth Rollins, Roman Reigns and Dean Ambrose debuted six months ago at the 2012 Survivor Series. The trio, cohesively known as The Shield, would proceed to powerbomb Ryback through the announcer's table and run roughshod over WWE over the next few months, attacking everyone from Brodus Clay to The Rock.
At Tables, Ladders & Chairs, Team Hell No teamed up with Ryback in an attempt to take down the untamed trio, but came up short after Roman Reigns powerbombed Daniel Bryan off the second rope and through a table.
With a victory over the WWE Tag Team Champions and one of the main faces of WWE, The Shield immediately put themselves on the map as competitors with a huge win and proved that they were more than sneak attackers. Reigns, Ambrose and Rollins continued their reign of dominance, injuring key superstars like Randy Orton and Sin Cara on their path to restore justice inside Vince McMahon's organization.
Although The Shield faced two minor setbacks after it was revealed that they had been paid by Paul Heyman in order to help CM Punk retain the WWE Championship and they were forced to retreat due to an attack by Sheamus, John Cena and Ryback the following week, they were able to prevail yet again in their second pay-per-view match at Elimination Chamber.
On the Road to WrestleMania, The Shield was temporarily put on the back burner, mainly appearing on SmackDown and feuding against Randy Orton, Sheamus and later The Big Show.
Meanwhile, Team Hell No was riding high as WWE Tag Team Champions, having held the championships since Night of Champions 2012 and having little to no viable competition at all. In their WrestleMania debut, Reigns, Ambrose and Rollins, always a well-oiled machine, capitalized off Show, Sheamus and Orton's lack of chemistry and trust and extended their undefeated streak.
Even though Team Hell No and The Shield had not interacted since TLC, Daniel Bryan and Kane never forgot about their grudge against "The Hounds of Justice," coming to the rescue of Kane's brother The Undertaker on the Raw after WrestleMania once The Shield attempted to make history at the expense of "The Phenom."
Two weeks later, Kane, Bryan and The Undertaker teamed up to take on Dean Ambrose, Roman Reigns and Seth Rollins. After a large brawl emerged outside the ring involving Roman Reigns, Seth Rollins and The Brothers of Destruction, the unhinged Ambrose took advantage of a missed diving headbutt by Bryan and swiftly rolled the former World Heavyweight Champion up to lengthen his unit's undefeated streak.
Four days later on SmackDown, after a match with Dean Ambrose, The Undertaker was taken out by The Shield and triple powerbombed through a table by the three NXT alumni. This only served to incense Team Hell No even more as Kane continues to look for revenge against Ambrose, Rollins and Reigns and may get it in this tornado tag team match at Extreme Rules.
The added stipulation of this match being a tornado tag team match makes this bout interesting. The Shield is always better in a chaotic, frantic environment and I feel as if Seth Rollins and Daniel Bryan will really thrive on this environment. Kane and Roman Reigns will control the bulk of the match since Kane's storyline reason to hate The Shield right now is stronger than Bryan's.
The Shield has lost just a little bit of its mystique when it comes to matches lately, but they have all been good to great and never fail to impress. On Raw, Reigns, Ambrose and Reigns lost for the first time and Rollins lost to Kane by disqualification on WWE Main Event this past Wednesday.
Even though Team Hell No's reign as Tag Team Champions has surpassed the reigns of the New Age Outlaws and Edge and Christian, The Shield has never been pinned as a tag team. Along with that, Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns have never teamed up to my knowledge, making it that much harder for Daniel Bryan and Kane to prepare for two thirds of The Shield.
Before "The Hounds of Justice" lost to John Cena and Team Hell No on Raw, I had Reigns and Rollins penciled in to win this bout, but that loss changed things for me. Even though Team Hell No has had the advantage for the past two episodes of WWE television, not counting tonight's SmackDown, I feel as if the reverse momentum theory will not work here and Hell No will retain their Tag Team Championships.
Of course, a win would do nothing but wonders for the two young upstarts of The Shield, but they don't need it to keep their heat, or at least not now. They might win the titles at Payback or not win them in the next few pay-per-views at all, but it's only a matter of time until The Shield gets the bronze belts around their waists.
Prediction: Team Hell No wins