Roman Reigns, Seth Rollins and Jon Moxley have reflected on The Shield’s impact on the wrestling industry.
On November 18, 2012, the wrestling world were shocked when Roman Reigns, Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose made their debuts as The Shield attacking Ryback to help CM Punk retain the WWE Title at Survivor Series 2012.
This Friday marks 10 years since the debut of The Shield and has many fans thinking about the group’s impact.
A lot has changed for all three men since then which makes looking back so much fun.
Speaking with Sports Illustrated, Reigns, Rollins and AEW’s Jon Moxley reflected on that special time in their careers.
Reflecting on the training session with Roman Reigns that made him realize they possessed a similar mindset, Rollins said:
“Mox and I were already on the same wavelength, and that was the moment that showed the three of us were of one mind and one goal.”
“That allowed us to be The Shield. Without that mindset, there is no Shield, and the last ten years look a lot different.”
On realizing early on that they could become the standard bearers in WWE, Reigns stated:
“Early on, we found out we were going to be the guys for the company that could pull the wagon as far as we wanted if we worked hard enough.”
“If we didn’t step up, someone else would, so we’ve always done everything in our power to put ourselves in the right position.”
Looking back fondly on those days, Moxley said:
“Looking back, it was like we were kids. The first few months of The Shield were f***ing intense. It was a different time back then.”
“We weren’t necessarily welcomed with open arms by everybody, but we didn’t give a f***. We were going to push the pace and have good f***ing matches. Before long, everybody wanted to start working with us.”
As of this writing, all three men currently hold championship gold in their respective companies.
Roman Reigns is the current Undisputed WWE Universal Champion, while Seth Rollins is the reigning United States Champion on Monday Night Raw. Over in All Elite Wrestling, Jon Moxley is the current and three-time AEW World Champion.
Moxley will defend his gold against MJF at the AEW Full Gear pay-per-view this Saturday, November 19. For the full lineup for the show, click here.
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