5 Best wrestling factions of the 2010s
- What were the five most influential groups in #WWE and beyond during the past ten years?
#2 The Shield (formed in 2012)
Members: Seth Rollins, Roman Reigns, and Dean Ambrose (w/ honorary members Kurt Angle and Triple H)
When The Shield came running through the crowd to interfere in the main event of Survivor Series 2012, we all had the same thoughts on our mind. Who are these guys? And why are they all dressed like Steve Jobs?
We knew we had seen something special - in fact, some of us were having flashbacks of The Nexus debut two years prior. And, while this new group didn't destroy the entire ringside area, they certainly destroyed reigning WWE Champion CM Punk's opponents.
Their look was instantly iconic - all black riot gear (I'm surprised they weren't dubbed The Big Boss Men) - as was their entrance through the crowd. The Shield would appear at the top of the cheap seats, head to the ring, and dispense what they considered the justice severely lacking in WWE. When they eventually imploded - with Seth turning on his brothers on the Raw after Payback 2014.
Now Roman Reigns, Seth Rollins, and Dean Ambrose (he goes by Jon Moxley now for some reason) are WWE Grand Slam Champions - each having won the WWE, United States, Intercontinental, and Tag Team Championships at least once - some of those wins as members of the Shield, most on their own.
While thematically different from all of them, The Shield were the Fabulous Freebirds and Degeneration X of their era. Now, they're each a driving force on their own, no matter where they happen to be working.
In fact, they's be number one if it wasn't for a group that not only blew up in popularity, but kind of changed wrestling forever...