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[2013-04-22-WWE-Raw] The Shield (Dean Ambrose & Roman Reigns & Seth Rollins) vs The Undertaker & Kane & Daniel Bryan

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The Shield vs Undertaker & Team Hell No - RAW 4/22/13
Undertaker decides to stick around after Wrestlemania for the first time in a long time and give a little rub to the hottest, new act they have, The Shield. Even though, The Shield's push would stall over the summer before picking up again with the Rhodes feud, this match went a long in proving that WWE was invested in this group and that kind of cache generates heat with the fans. The London O2 crowd was predictably pumped to see Taker wrestle and the Shield has declared that the Deadman's time has passed and they run this yard now. They tease a 3-on-1 beatdown on Taker because they had attacked Hell No in the back. Here comes Daniel Bryan and Kane running down the ramp. Kane's stride down the ramp is like an exact replica of how he runs down the ramp in Here Comes The Pain video game. It is freaky. It just does not look normal.
The match is by no means a classic, but it is fun. If they reorganized some segments, I believe the match would have came off better, but who I am to tell them what to do. The opening was a standard shine everyone looked good against Ambrose and the fans got to see Old School. The heels take over on Kane when Reigns hits a Superman Punch with no fanfare, but man does he move fluidly. I love the revolving door of dropkicks spot and I don't think I have seen it recently. When Bryan comes in is when match gets really interesting. He was such an incredible hot tag during this period just flying around and Rollins, who has taken over as the best bumper in WWE makes him look that much better. Rollins really was on fire during this hot tag with bump off the forearm, bump to the outside and taking the dive. Bryan misses the running dropkick in the corner to set up his FIP. I have noticed as of late the gap between Bryan's offensive skills and selling has really become apparent. In this match, I thought Bryan gave a blase performance as a FIP while the Shield did a pretty good job trash talking the Undertaker (Rollins is always looking to get the crowd involved). It climaxes with a sweet double team as Ambrose holds Bryan in Bow & Arrow and Rollins comes off with a kneedrop. Reigns misses the superman punch and here comes the Deadman. Taker really has one of the better comebacks just so much action and Ambrose takes all of it really well. Taker has the double goozle. SPEAR BY REIGNS~! It does not get quite the reaction it would now, but I thought it was a hot spot. Taker hits Rollins with a clothesline and tags in Kane!!?!??!?!?! Kane runs through his standard offense, yawn. Rollins hits a wicked enziguiri on Kane to avoid the chokeslam so Ambrose takes it instead, but Kane in his weakened state tags in Bryan. Reigns distracts Bryan on top leading to a melee. Bryan misses the diving headbutt and Ambrose covers for the victory.

The transitions in and out of this were pretty lame and the selling from the face left a lot to be desired. The layout was weird you want to build to Taker's comeback without putting him over so I get that restriction, but what is with the needless run of Kane offense just kinda killed the finish. Also, the match was too normal and just did not show the differentiating factor that the Shield could bring to the table. There were flashes of the chaos they could create, but not enough havoc overall. Taker looked sweet and The Shield was very good, but not as different as they could. Rollins was a bumping god in this match. ***

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I didn't hate anyone in this match except for Kane. His offense is garbage. His selling isn't there. Bryan was a lot of fun, but I always want to strangle King or JBL whenever they talk about him. Taker actually played his role really well here. I'm no big Undertaker fan, but he was good in this. It's one of the lesser Shield matches through the end of May but is still pretty good.

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Not quite the epic many touted this afterwards, but a very good trios match nonetheless. Once again, the Shield did a phenomenal job of cutting the ring in half on Kane and D-Bry. They frequently managed to find a way to get the numbers in their favor. Rollins was also top-notch in this one, taking a moment to talk straight shit to Taker. Taker's facial reactions to that were excellent, fuming in such a way that CM Punk couldn't even get out of him the month before. Rollins is going to be a star in this federation.

Of course, with the babyfaces being an iconic bad-ass, a HOF bad-ass, and one of the greatest in-ring technicians EVER, they managed to get enough advantage to keep this from being a complete squash. With the clout that Taker has, I don't think it's a coincidence that D-Bry's journey to singles stardom started shortly after this. ***1/2

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Absolute banger. The only moments of the match that weren't flat-out awesome were w/ Kane, but thankfully when it came to the babyface team, this was mostly about Bryan & Taker. Both of them delivered superb hot tags, and Bryan's FIP seg was also really good. The Shield were great as usual as well -- always love their tag team work, and a big shout-out must be given to Seth Rollins whose bumping & selling for everything (especially Bryan's hot tag) was pretty damn amazing. There's all of that, and then a red hot UK crowd to boot, making this such a lovely all around package. ****

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