The Shield™’s Saturday Schedule
3:00PM – 3:45PM - Photo Ops – VIP’s 1st then General Admission
4:000M - 6:00PM - Autograph Signing – VIP’s 1st then General Admission
WWE is in Roman Reigns’ blood.
The son of WWE Hall of Famer Sika of The Wild Samoans, Reigns is a member of the storied Anoa’i wrestling family — a lineage that includes intimidating powerhouses like Yokozuna, Umaga and Rikishi. But this 265-pounder possesses an explosive combination of strength and speed his relatives never imagined possible.
A star defensive tackle at Georgia Tech, Reigns wrecked offensive guards for both the Minnesota Vikings and the Jacksonville Jaguars before answering his family calling to become a WWE Superstar. The hulking Samoan brought his smash-mouth gridiron style to WWE’s developmental system, NXT, where he left a long line of tough opponents in crumpled heaps. But it was at the 2012 Survivor Series that Reigns made his greatest impact.
In the heat of a Triple Threat Match between WWE Champion CM Punk, John Cena and Ryback, Reigns hit the ring alongside fellow WWE NXT competitors Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins and unleashed a merciless attack on the mighty Ryback. Tearing at the beast like a pack of hungry jackals, the young competitors ruined Ryback’s opportunity to win the WWE Title and drove him through a ringside table.
The following night, the trio put the wrecking ball through a table again after Ryback attempted to break up Punk’s celebration for his one year as WWE Champion. Rumors that the group was working in collusion with The Straight Edge Superstar quickly spread, but those ties were strongly denied when Reigns, Rollins and Ambrose sat down with Michael Cole for an interview. Branding themselves “The Shield,” the band of upstarts in black tactical gear claimed that they weren’t in WWE to aid Punk, but to halt injustice.
The Shield took on Ryback and Team Hell No in the first-ever Six-Man Tables, Ladders & Chairs Match. The harrowing contest may have intimidated other upstarts, but Reigns and company proved they were up to the task when they took out their hardened opponents in a brutal fight. In The Shield’s second sanctioned WWE match at Elimination Chamber against an all-star trio of John Cena, Sheamus & Ryback, The Shield’s hunt for justice continued with a shocking victory, which they replicated the next night on Raw against Sheamus, Ryback & Chris Jericho.
Although Reigns suffered a KO Punch at the hands of Big Show on SmackDown on March 1, several days later on Raw, just after the show went off the air, Reigns, Rollins and Ambrose got devastating revenge as they dropped The World’s Largest Athlete with a titanic triple powerbomb. They struck again the next week, dropping Big Show again during his singles match against Rollins and later assaulting an unsuspecting Randy Orton & Sheamus following their bout against Team Rhodes Scholars. The men in black challenged Orton and Sheamus to a Six-Man Tag Team Match at WrestleMania 29 with a partner of their choice. However, their selected Superstar, Ryback, was later removed from the bout and Orton and Sheamus were left one man down heading into WrestleMania until Big Show joined the team on the March 25 edition of Raw.
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