Elimination Chamber match preview: John Cena, Ryback & Sheamus vs. The Shield
For months, the mysterious Shield triumvirate of Dean Ambrose, Seth Rollins & Roman Reigns has disrupted high-profile bouts and waged countless sneak attacks under the pretense of upholding “justice” in WWE. At Elimination Chamber, the brazen upstarts may get their own taste of justice, however, when they face the WWE super team of John Cena, Sheamus & Ryback.
One week after falling victim to The Shield’s numbers game, the Cenation leader recruited Sheamus and Ryback — other prominent Shield victims — and challenged the rebellious trio to a six-man tag just moments after the Feb. 4 edition of Raw went off the air.
Cena promised that at Elimination Chamber, The Shield would finally get a fair fight in the form of WWE’s super trio, whose three members have each had run-ins with the justice-seeking team. The open challenge came on the heels of a seeming groundswell of momentum working against The Shield.
Though largely unchallenged to date, Ambrose, Rollins & Reigns experienced perhaps their biggest setback following an attack on Brad Maddox. The ambush occurred at the invitation of the rogue referee, who challenged The Shield mere seconds after admitting to giving Mr. McMahon the video that revealed the trio’s alleged collusion with Paul Heyman and CM Punk.
While Ambrose, Rollins & Reigns were successful in downing the loudmouth Maddox, thrashing him with a Triple Powerbomb, they ran into trouble once Cena, Ryback and Sheamus — taking a page out of The Shield’s playbook — made a surprise entrance through the WWE Universe. With the help of a slew of WWE fan favorites who blocked The Shield’s exit up the Raw ramp, Cena, Sheamus & Ryback proudly turned back The Shield, sending them packing through the crowd.
The Shield’s first official sanctioned match in WWE, a chaotic Tables, Ladders & Chairs Match against WWE Tag Team Champions Team Hell No & Ryback in December, left the WWE Universe speechless and bolstered the group’s claims of dominance. But against one of the most impressive assemblies in WWE history, does the treacherous trio have a chance of improving their record to 2-0? Regardless of which team comes out on top Feb. 17, the WWE Universe will assuredly be watching with bated breath.
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