Seth Rollins has taken a look back on The Shield’s early days in WWE, and gives his opinion on why he felt it was only few weeks before their storyline with CM Punk ended.
It was the 2012 Survivor Series when Seth Rollins made his WWE debut, appearing alongside Roman Reigns and Dean Ambrose – now AEW’s Jon Moxley. Known as The Shield, the trio attacked Ryback and put him through the announce table with what became their signature triple powerbomb. This meant the triple-threat match for the WWE Championship went down to Punk and John Cena, and ‘The Straight Edge Superstar’ was able to retain.
The Shield continued to side with Punk and attack his opponents for the next few weeks, with it eventually being revealed that they were working at the behest of Paul Heyman rather than Punk directly who had claimed no knowledge of why he was being helped by the trio.
Speaking on Steve Austin’s Broken Skull Sessions, ‘The Architect’ believes that the alliance between CM Punk and The Shield was so short lived because of the good reaction the debuting stars were able to get very quickly.
No one really told us what was going on. We got such a good reaction that they moved us away from being Punk’s security squad almost immediately, within I wanna say a couple of weeks. It was like a loose relationship where we would help out but there was no like, ‘You guys are my guys.’ It was just like we were clearly our own entity, you know what I’m saying?
Seth Rollins sees the popularity of the team as being somewhat like a boyband during their initial run together between 2012 and 2014.
Dude, it was like a boy band, you know what I mean? It was a weird fandom where we were heels but no one cared. We came down through the crowd, everything was different, the old [ECW Original] Sandman entrance, the music was awesome. Even the promo style, where we were moving the camera around, kind of looking right into it, no one was doing that at the time. Everything was just new.
It was Rollins who caused the demise of the team in 2014, when he betrayed his teammates and laid them out with a steel chair. He was revealed as Triple H’s ‘Plan B’ after Evolution were unable to defeat The Shield at that year’s Payback pay-per-view.
With thanks to Sportskeeda Wrestling for the transcription.