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The Shield def. CM Punk & The New Age Outlaws

Before Friday night’s massive main event commenced, Roman Reigns stood in the middle of the ring and declared himself “The New Best in the World” after he pinned CM Punk on Old School Raw. Coming to SmackDown for the first time in nearly 14 years, The New Age Outlaws teamed with The Second City Saint, hoping to humble Reigns and his black-clad cohorts.

But you know what they say about the best laid plans, and The Shield ultimately prevailed over the fan-favorites after Reigns drilled Billy Gunn with a devastating Spear, sending a bold-faced message to the WWE Universe that the black-clad trio is as strong as ever.

Debbie Jan 12, 2014
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The Shield appeared on ‘Piper’s Pit’

As the WWE Universe knows, just when you think you know the answers, “Rowdy” Roddy Piper changes the questions. Even The Shield, despite their insistence otherwise, isn’t immune from Hot Rod’s mind games, as the WWE Hall of Famer stirred The Hounds of Justice into a froth by bringing up their recent string of losses to CM Punk on “Piper’s Pit”. Even Roman Reigns – the one Hound yet to fight Punk one-on-one – wasn’t in the mood to take Piper’s guff, and the WWE Hall of Famer’s line of questioning seemed to set him up for a very immediate beating. That is, until Punk himself – with The New Age Outlaws in tow – sprinted to Piper’s aid and sent The Shield scrambling.

Roman Reigns def. CM Punk

Believe this: There is, as it turns out, one member of The Shield who can defeat CM Punk, and his name is Roman Reigns. After weeks of torment at the hands of Punk, The Hounds of Justice’s resident Doberman backed up his group’s fierce rhetoric and feasted upon The Best in the World …  although the favor was certainly repaid at the end of the night.

Even with The New Age Outlaws backing him up at ringside, Punk was forced into an uphill battle by Reigns, who slowly wore him down over the course of the match. Reigns’ repeated targeting of Punk’s banged-up ribs kept The Second City Saint in neutral for a long time, though Punk found separation by countering Regins’ Superman punch with a kick to the head that brought  the match back to an even level. The two Superstars threw signature maneuvers back and forth until Ambrose provided a timely distraction and Reigns pounced with a spear that finally put Punk down for the win.

The Shield was hardly out of the woods yet, though, as none other than Jake “The Snake” Roberts made his way to the ring and – with an assist from Punk and The Outlaws – unleashed his trademark pet serpent all over a beaten Ambrose while Rollins & Reigns made their escape. Now that’s old-school.

Debbie Jan 12, 2014