When Smackdown came on the air tonight, I was surprised to see that their advertised match Alberto Del Rio Versus Jack Swagger was the first match of the night. I sat their thinking to myself if a no disqualification match was their opener, then what could possibly be the main event?
I was even more surprised when I later saw the main event would be a match between the Undertaker and the Shield’s Dean Ambrose. The Shield just faced off against Undertaker, his brother Kane and Daniel Bryan on Monday night and there was no doubt Undertaker would be out for revenge after his team’s loss.
The match started with Ambrose being man-handed by the Dead Man with blow after blow to the face and chest. Ambrose gained momentum with a swinging neck breaker and went for a quick cover. Undertaker kicked out at two. Ambrose began to mock Taker with his signature thumb to the throat taunt, only to have the undertaker grab him by his throat to set up the choke slam. After the two superstars exchanged punches, Ambrose retaliated throwing the dead man against the ropes and nailing him with a high knee to the ribs.
Ambrose seizing the opportunity bounced against the ropes and lunged at the phenom. The two met at the center of the ring as Undertaker surprised Ambrose with a choke slam slamming him into the mat. With Ambrose knocked out from the choke slam Seth Rollins jumped up to the apron of the ring to distract the Undertaker from finishing Ambrose off
The distraction gave Ambrose the chance to nail Undertaker with a ferocious “DDT”, before rolling him up for the two count. A frustrated Ambrose looked away from his opponent for second to catch his breath, and that’s all Undertaker needed to set Ambrose up for his submission hold “Hells Gate.” Ambrose had no choice but to tap out giving Taker the win.
As soon as the match was over the Shield pounced on the undertaker surrounding him like a pack of dogs. After having time to recover from the match Ambrose joined the assault on the undertaker, but was met with a big boot and right hands from the dead man. The fight spilled outside the ring as Undertaker was making seemingly easy work of the Hounds of Justice.
Undertaker tossed both Reigns and Rollins into barricades around ringside. Undertaker then landed a few punches on Ambrose before nailing him with a steel chair to the gut. With Undertaker’s attention on Ambrose, Rollins got on the barricade separating the fans from the ringside area ready to take a unsuspecting Undertaker off his feet. Taker saw Rollins and grabbed him by his throat setting up for a choke slam. In a blur of black, Roman Reigns speared the undertaker right through the barricade, and into the first few seating rows of the arena.
The fans that filled the O2 arena in London sat shocked as the Undertaker lay helpless on the ground. The Shield quickly pounced on the dazed Dead Man putting him on their shoulders, and hitting their signature triple power bomb through the announce table as Smackdown went off the air.
The problem I see with the Shield is their longevity as a storyline. Since the shields debut at Survivor Series in November, the Shield has defeated Ryback, John Cena, Randy Orton, Shemues, Daniel Bryan, Kane, and the Undertaker. After going toe-to-toe with all these superstars and remaining undefeated in team completion, the question really is how much longer can WWE keep this storyline going before fans get sick of it and want something new.
My prediction for the storyline is that at extreme rules the shield will face off against team “Hell No” and undertaker in a no disqualification match. During the match CM Punk will return and hit Undertaker with the “GTS” giving The Shield the victory. After the match Cm Punk will announce that he is joining the shield, and will target undertaker for weeks to come until they have a eventual WrestleMania rematch.
Is anyone else tired of The Shield angle? Do you think having CM Punk as a fourth member would bring more excitement to the angle. Let me know in the comments below