On November 18th 2012, Seth Rollins, Roman Reigns and Jon Moxley, known as Dean Ambrose, crashed onto WWE’s main roster. During the main event of Survivor Series between CM Punk, Ryback and John Cena, the trio interfered to ensure that Punk retained the gold.
While the three men formed a formidable unit together, they have continued to dominate the professional landscape since going their separate ways. Jon Moxley is the current and only three-time AEW World Champion, Roman Reigns is in the middle of one of the most dominant runs WWE has ever seen, with a World Title reign spanning well over 800 days, and Seth Rollins is the United States Champion, while also being a multi-time World Champion in his own right.
Roman Reigns, Seth Rollins And Jon Moxley Reflect On Ten Years Of The Shield
Ahead of the tenth anniversary of their debut, the three men recently sat down with Sports Illustrated to reflect on the incredible impact that the group has had on the wrestling world. During the conversation, Rollins explained that their initial success was as much down to their mindset as anything else.
“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,” Rollins added. “That allowed us to be The Shield. Without that mindset, there is no Shield, and the last ten years look a lot different.”
For his part, Roman Reigns stated that it became clear earlier on that WWE saw them as the future of the company, but they knew that if they didn’t step up, someone else would take their place.
“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,” Reigns says. “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.”
While Jon Moxleyis the only man not still with WWE, that doesn’t prevent him from recalling this period of his career fondly. He explained that the intense nature of the locker room pushed all three of them to succeed.
“Looking back, it was like we were kids,” Moxley says. “The first few months of The Shield were fucking 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*ck. We were going to push the pace and have good f*cking matches. Before long, everybody wanted to start working with us.”
Speaking back in July, Seth Rollins stated that he doesn’t believe that the trio will ever get back together, commenting that their individual star power is too big for the group dynamic to work in the same way.