Not the main event after all.
Dean Ambrose, Seth Rollins, and Roman Reigns, the collective unit known as The Shield, made their debut on WWE pay-per-view (PPV) tonight (Sun., Dec. 16, 2012) at the TLC event at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, against Team Hell No (Daniel Bryan and Kane) and Ryback in a tables, ladders, and chairs match with a twist.
The winner would be determined by pinfall or submission, the first time that's been the case in the history of this particular match type. The reason for doing so, of course, is there was no prize to hang above the ring.
The utter chaos of the match did well to showcase each and every guy in the match, everyone getting their turn to get themselves over and prove their worth with their performance. Not surprisingly, Ambrose stood out for his selling, while Bryan stood out for the babyface team simply for how over he was with the live crowd.
It's worth noting that all three members of The Shield looked just fine in the ring with more established stars. They didn't look out of place at all.
Even when they were getting owned by Ryback. Maybe especially so.
Most importantly, The Shield were booked to look like the intelligent keepers of justice they've purported themselves to be, using Rollins to distract Ryback -- leading to a disgusting bump off a huge ladder -- and capitalizing on his absence to send Bryan through a table with Reigns and Ambrose while Ryback struggled to get back in time to make the save.
He couldn't get there and The Shield were victorious in their PPV debut.
For complete results and the full live blog from TLC tonight click here.