Sierra – Hotel – India – Echo – Lima – Delta

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We’re not renegades, we’re not mercenaries. We’re not The Nexus, if you’re lookin’ for the NWO, go buy the DVD. We’re about principles. We’re about honor. Where honor no longer exists, we’re going to step in. We’re a shield from injustice… we’re a shield from injustice. We are The Shield.

From their shock début at Survivor Series to their victory at Elimination Chamber over the mega-team of Ryback, John Cena and Sheamus, the Shield have been an ever present danger to the more heroic wrestlers in WWE. Fighting against what they perceive as injustice The Shield (often to the benefit of one CM Punk) can appear from the crowd at any time, ready to pick apart even the most determined opponent.

The Shield’s greatest strength lies in their teamwork. In the nearly 20 years I’ve been watching professional wrestling I can’t think of a stable that has worked so flawlessly as a unit. There is no infighting or one-upmanship. To borrow a phrase from the Wrestling God, they work in perfect synergy, they play the numbers game even when they are facing an equal number of opponents. They are unrelenting, focussing on their opponent until he cannot fight back. Even their finishing manoeuvre highlights their teamwork, as Rollins and Ambrose hoist their victim up for Reigns to deliver a devastating powerbomb.

Roman Reigns is a brick wall. The power house of the three. Yet he is no mere dumb muscle like Skip Sheffield, Luke Gallows or Batista. He is the Shield’s most powerful individual and he is the one who has done the most damage, with the triple powerbomb and his own Spear.

Seth Rollins is slimy, arrogant and deadly. You get the sense that out of the three members, he is the one who most firmly believes in the Shield’s mission of fighting injustice. You can almost sense the disdain he has for wrestlers such as John Cena.

Dean Ambrose exudes an air of danger. He is erratic, volatile and vicious. He is the wildcard.

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These aren’t cowardly heels teaming up for protection, these are fanatics with a clear vision. To again borrow from JBL, it doesn’t matter whether you or I agree with them, what matters is that they believe in themselves.

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