A monumental and historic Monday Night Raw featured the return of The Shield as Roman Reigns, Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins reunited with a huge announcement made for TLC.
The Hounds of Justice sent a message to The Miz and The Bar (Sheamus and Cesaro), and also gave Braun Strowman a taste of his medicine.
The Monster among men has clashed with each of the former World Champions separately in the past but was no match against a collective three.
As Strowman targeted Reigns he was attacked by Rollins and Ambrose before The Big Dog speared the giant on the entrance ramp.
However, the damage was only the beginning as the former Wyatt Family member was, in true Shield style, power-bombed through the commentary table.
A huge pop ensued as it was confirmed earlier in the night that The Miz, Sheamus and Cesaro would team up to take on the returning trio at the next PPV.
Despite this, following his run in with the group, Miz felt it was necessary to add Strowman to his team for their match at Tables, Ladders and Chairs – a decision RAW GM Kurt Angle agreed with.
As it stands, at TLC in a match of the same name; The Shield will battle The Miz, Cesaro, Sheamus and Brawn Strowman.
Reigns not a fan of imitation
Despite wrestling being at its peak, it seems that some performers cannot let suplexes be suplexes.
Roman Reigns also can’t let “too sweets” be just that, as he took part in a recent conference call.
Speaking to Inside the Ropes, he was quizzed about performers outside of WWE imitating DeGeneration-X and NWO – something the 32-year-old is not a fan of.
He said while praising Brawn Strowman’s originality: “He has been on the fast track, there is no doubt. but I am very impressed with his ability to comprehend everything and to translate it into his own, and make it his own, that is what we need.
“There are guys who, and no offence to any of these guys, but we don’t need guys running around doing Too Sweets and we don’t need guys acting like they are DX from, you know, 15 years ago. We need original characters.”
While The Young Bucks and The Bullet Club, were not directly mentioned, its clear that Reigns’ comments were a jab at the group.
However, given the former WWE Champion’s schedule it is unlikely that he will have watched much of the independent group’s work, making it more of a corporate standpoint than a legitimate, detailed insult.