The Shield have been the most dominant force in wrestling since debuting in 2012, and their incredible roll continued at Extreme Rules as they vanquished Evolution in a six-man tag team match.
WrestleZone.com has the result, and the WWE Twitter feed snapped a picture of the action:
Superman Punch to Batista. Reigns hits the spear, and The Shield pick up the victory. #Wrestlezone— WrestleZone.com (@WRESTLEZONEcom) May 5, 2014
Multiple WWE stars took to Twitter to express their excitement for the match:
This is unreal. This is EXTREME!!!!! #ExtremeRules— Justin Roberts (@JustinRoberts) May 5, 2014
Man, what can you say about that one? Great match, tremendous action. #ExtremeRules— Sami Zayn (@iLikeSamiZayn) May 5, 2014
The WWE account recorded a Vine of The Shield's entrance:
Roman Reigns, Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins have run roughshod over WWE for nearly a year-and-a-half, but their focus has changed in recent months. Rather than targeting faces, The Shield have gone after heels, which led to a conflict with Triple H, Batista and Randy Orton.
The Shield interrupted their attack of WWE World Heavyweight champion Daniel Bryan on the post-WrestleMania edition of Raw, and the two super-factions have been at war ever since.
Batista and Orton were initially reluctant to rejoin forces with Triple H due to the fact that they intended to chase the world title, but they were eventually convinced after getting jumped by The Shield.
What ensued was a setup that forced The Shield to take on 11 Superstars at the same time on Raw. That softened The Shield up enough for Evolution to pick the bones.
After that act of unity, it became clear that Evolution was officially together again, as seen in this photo courtesy of WWE's Instagram account:
Despite Evolution's reformation, The Shield were undeterred. According to The Shield's official Twitter account, Ambrose and his teammates were more motivated than ever to wreak havoc after Evolution's actions:
What resulted was the decimation of several Superstars on SmackDown before The Shield ultimately reigned supreme in a five-on-three handicap match.
Following that impressive win, The Shield felt as though they were ready to teach Evolution a lesson at Extreme Rules:
There was some thought that Evolution might strike the first blow in this feud by winning at Extreme Rules in order to keep the angle hot moving forward, but the decision was made for The Shield to go over their veteran counterparts.
Triple H, Batista and Orton are three of the most decorated champions in WWE history, and scoring a win over them is obviously huge for The Shield. Reigns, Ambrose and Rollins have steamrolled elite competition in the past, but this win may rate higher than all of them.
Although a portion of the fanbase may have complained had Evolution won this match, it can be argued that an Evolution victory might have been a better route to take due to the fact that it would have presented The Shield with some adversity for once.
Was giving The Shield the win over Evolution the right move?
Had Evolution won, that would have almost certainly signaled the continuation of the feud as well because The Shield would have been given an opportunity to strike back. That may still be the case even with The Shield winning, but perhaps it would have been more interesting to follow The Shield attempting to avenge a loss leading up to Payback.
Even in a losing effort, though, Evolution still comes away from Extreme Rules looking good. They were equal to The Shield and came close to scoring the victory on several occasions. There have been few true threats to The Shield thus far, but Evolution is a trio that can believably beat The Shield moving forward.
The ultimate goal is for The Shield to go over and come out of this feud looking strong, and they are already well on their way after picking up a huge victory. That is especially true because The Shield and Evolution meshed well in the ring and put on a fantastic match overall.
The Shield looked equal to Evolution Sunday night and didn't seem out of place at all. That is a huge compliment to Reigns, Ambrose and Rollins, and it goes to show that there is greatness in their future.
This match was a rousing success in that all six men performed well and the groundwork is set for the feud to continue and thrive moving forward.
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