5 best moments from Shield vs New Day
Despite what the WWE have been saying for the past month, Survivor Series is not the one night of the year when Raw Superstars go head-to-head with SmackDown Superstars, but it is the one night that you can see the Shield face the New Day. Ever since Xavier Woods brought Big E Langston and Kofi Kingston together to form the New Day, the three men have enjoyed a magical run in WWE. Despite bouts with The Club, League of Nations, and Wyatt Family, the world famous 4-time tag team champs had never crossed paths with the Hounds of Justice during this time.
The Shield debuted at Survivor Series 2012 and helped CM Punk retain his WWE Championship, in the midst of his historic 434-day reign. For two years Dean Ambrose, Seth Rollins, and Roman Reigns ran roughshod over the WWE, with Rollins and Reigns capturing the Tag Team Championships and Ambrose winning the United States Championship all on the same night. The Shield broke up on June 2, 2014, just before the July 21 episode of Raw that saw the formation of the New Day.
Now the two famous factions have finally battled it out not just for brand supremacy, but to prove who is the most dominant 3-man group in the WWE. The match was an absolute barn burner, and how could it not be? There was no shortage of history between the six men, after all, it was Kingston that Ambrose defeated for the US title, and in 2013 Big E defeated Seth Rollins for the NXT Championship.
Here, we have listed five best moments from the cataclysmic collision.
#5 Mid-match face-off
It is a classic spot in wrestling when the two combatants step back in the middles of the match to stare each other down, in many ways it is a sign of respect. When the Shield and New Day brawled all throughout the ring and ringside area, they all ended up back in their respective corners.
As the brothers in black pulled themselves to their feet in the Raw corner, the New Day regrouped in the SmackDown corner. As all six men stood, breathing heavily they stared into the eyes of each of the three men standing across from them. It was an epic moment as the two teams earned each others respect and acknowledged their toughest challenge to date.
It also let the fans step back and soak in the magnitude of the dream match they were witnessing.