Six-Man Tag Match
The Shield vs. Randy Orton, Sheamus and The Big Show
Since appearing to attack Ryback at the Survivor Series pay-per-view (PPV), the trio of Dean Ambrose, Roman Reigns and Seth Rollins have blazed a path of destruction through the WWE roster. Or as the faction who calls themselves The Shield would probably call it, a path of justice. Can a group of main event egos and competitive agendas represented by Big Show, Randy Orton and Sheamus be the right combination to talent to finally defeat them in a match?
The Road to WrestleMania 29
Previous collections of Superstars have fallen before The Shield. Ryback and Team Hell No (Daniel Bryan and Kane) at TLC. Sheamus, Ryback and John Cena were beaten at Elimination Chamber. When the calendar showed less than a month to the Showcase of the Immortals, the group saw it as the latest injustice perpetrated against them.
So they took matters into their own hands:
Randy Orton and Sheamus immediately accepted the challenge, and selected one of The Hounds of Justice's frequent targets, Ryback, as their third. But Raw Managing Supervisor Vickie Guerrero pulled the Hungry One from the match (apparently, she shares Cageside Seats' General Manager Geno Mrosko's affinity for a HOSS FIGHT), leaving the Viper and the Celtic Warrior without a man to even the sides.
Enter the World's largest athlete:
The Big Show had been the target of several attacks in weeks prior by the three men in black. He had even offered his services to Orton and Sheamus prior to their short-lived alliance of Ryback.
But the cracks in their union were evident from the outset:
Sheamus lost his World Heavyweight Championship to the Giant last year after a brutal feud. Show has been looking out for number one since being signed to his ironclad contract by John Lauriniatis. Both the Great White and the third generation superstar are itching to get back into the title chase.
As we've been repeatedly reminded on WWE television, if Randy Orton is the voice of reason, you may have a problem.
But a backstage attack by The Shield may have been the catalyst to get these three to put their differences aside:
The groups continue to circle one another as we get closer and closer to WrestleMania 29:
What's at Stake?
Ambrose has promised that the WrestleMania match is the "end of a story about justice". Rollins has stated that a revolution will start on April 7th. It's hard to imagine that either of those things will come to fruition from a loss.
And after months and months of shaky cam promos and run-ins, most of the internet wrestling community (IWC) and WWE Universe seems ready for the next stage in The Shield's development.
The babyface triumvirate will almost certainly part ways following this match, win or lose. But will they leave on good terms? Can they make it though this contest without fighting each other? Big Show seems the most likely to turn on his comrades, but their are in-story hints and backstage chatter that Orton's time as a fan favorite may be drawing to a close.
Will three of WWE's biggest stars of the last few years use this as springboard to new heights in 2013-14? Or will they just be another rung on the ladder that Ambrose, Reigns and Rollins are climbing to the top?
The answers will come from WrestleMania 29 and Cageside Seats will bring you all the results and fallout!