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The Shield made 2013 a fun year for wrestling in WWE

It's been a really fun year of wrestling in WWE, speaking strictly in terms of how good the matches have been, and we can largely thank The Shield for that.

When looking back at the year that was in WWE, including checking out the grades for every episode of Monday Night Raw, it becomes clear that the in-ring product has been as good as it has been for quite some time. Think of how much great wrestling we've been treated to over the course of 2013.

Now think of who we have to thank for that.

There were the usual suspects, like CM Punk and Daniel Bryan, but one could argue the most consistent performers on the entire roster have been the three men who comprise The Shield: Dean Ambrose, Seth Rollins, and Roman Reigns.

There's no way to go through each TV match these men have been involved in, but one need look only at Rollins having great matches on Raw and SmackDown over the last week against Punk and John Cena to see the kind of quality we've been treated to. Plus, they didn't have a single six-man tag team affair that did anything less than impress.

And there were a LOT of those.

There is a way, however, to go through each pay-per-view (PPV) match these men have been involved in. Let's take a look:

Royal Rumble: No match, attacked The Rock during main event
Elimination Chamber: Defeated John Cena, Ryback, and Sheamus
WrestleMania 29: Defeated Randy Orton, Sheamus, and Big Show
Extreme Rules: Ambrose defeated Kofi Kingston to win U.S. title; Rollins & Reigns defeated Team Hell No to win tag team titles
Payback: Ambrose defeated Kane to retain U.S. title; Rollins & Reigns defeated Daniel Bryan & Randy Orton to retain tag team titles
Money in the Bank: Rollins & Reigns defeated The Usos to retain tag team titles; Ambrose lost in Money in the Bank match
SummerSlam: Ambrose lost to Rob Van Dam but retained U.S. title
Night of Champions: Ambrose defeated Dolph Ziggler to retain U.S. title; Rollins & Reigns defeated Prime Time Players to retain tag team titles
Battleground: Rollins & Reigns were defeated by the Rhodes Brothers
Hell in a Cell: Rollins & Reigns were defeated by the Rhodes Brothers; Ambrose was defeated by Big E. Langston but retained his U.S. title
Survivor Series: Defeated Rhodes Brothers, The Usos, & Rey Mysterio in elimination match
TLC: Were defeated by CM Punk in a 3-on-1 handicap match

They were booked stronger earlier in the year, at least in terms of wins and losses, but it's telling that the late losses have done nothing to affect the group's heat. They're all still over as hell with no signs of slowing down as they inch closer and closer to breaking apart.

What's more, each one of those matches was entertaining, though Ambrose's singles works left a bit to be desired. Still, this was a ridiculously strong campaign from a faction that has been so much better than anyone could have ever expected.

Here's a playlist of each match, of varying quality, while it lasts:

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