For one team, victory meant that all three members earned a spot in the Elimination Chamber match for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship.
Seth Rollins tried to cool a hot-headed Dean Ambrose before tangling with John Cena. Rollins squeezed his foe in a headlock before Cena powered out and knocked him on his back with a punch.
Roman Reigns received a loud chant when he entered. The powerhouse banged heads with Cena for a moment before Sheamus took his turn at bat.
"The Celtic Warrior" had his brief dominance ended with a shot to the knee from Rollins.
Daniel Bryan stepped between the ropes and quickly wowed the crowd with a hurricanrana and a surfboard submission hold. He and the fan favorites made Rollins their punching bag for several moments.
Reigns then had Cena hurting after a front dropkick and a Superman punch. The big man hurt his knee when he tumbled outside, but still had control over Cena. Rollins and Ambrose took turns clobbering the Cenation leader.
With Cena groggy, barely able to stand, Ambrose hit a DDT that only earned a two-count. Cena managed to tag Bryan, who went on a rampage. Bryan kicked Reigns, Rollins and Ambrose off their feet with the crowd roaring their support.
A slew of finishers had Sheamus, Cena and Reigns momentarily out of the action. That left Rollins and Bryan to battle it out. Their excellent chemistry was on display once again.
Once those men were too drained to lift themselves, Cena clamped the STF on Reigns.
The Wyatt Family ambushed the babyfaces, causing a disqualification.
Once The Shield realized that The Wyatt Family had robbed them of an opportunity, all three members lost it, tearing apart the announce table and screaming with their veins bulging.
Cena, Sheamus and Bryan win by disqualification.
Memorable Moments and Quotes
Reigns hits a front dropkick to Cena's head.
"Eccentric is just a nice way to say that this guy is nuts"—John "Bradshaw" Layfield on Ambrose.
"You know when you watch a Shield match, about 80 percent of that match is going to take place in their corner"—Jerry Lawler.
Bryan throws Rollins across the ring with a belly-to-back release suplex.
An electric energy, high stakes and a collection of stars powered the clear match of the night. It was not as fast-paced or exciting as The Shield's best work, but the great climax made up for a sluggish middle.
Beyond that, though, it looks as if fans are getting what they want. For one, Bryan is entering the Chamber match and has a shot at the WWE title. The surprising second development is that The Shield don't appear to be breaking up at all.
They are instead headed for a collision with The Wyatt Family. Simply put, that is what is best for business.