My favourite matches: #8 The Shield Vs Evolution (Payback 2014)

#8 is here. Two more to go and it gets harder and harder each time. I have been watching WWE Network religiously this month (as I always do) to find the last couple of matches for the list of Luke, read it all MAN!

This match is the definitive binary opposite of expierence against youth, legends against rookies, the law against freedom, this match is the epic tag team match between The Shield and Evolution.

It is hard to argue that since The Shied debuted at Survivor Series 2013 they where meant for greatness. The trio of Roman Reigns, Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins acquired the combined elements of strength, technique and offence from each member. They were unstoppable and held impressive wins over legends like John Cena, Big Show, Sheamus, Kane and many more.

After a year and a half of finding their characters and owning their skills in the ring, viewers started to enjoy the punishment and unpredictable nature of The Hound’s of Justice. This unpredictable nature would come crashing through The Authority’s door on the Raw after WrestleMania 30. The Shield would serve justice against WWE’s COO, HHH.

The Shield crossed the wrong line. The following week HHH reformed a dangerous alliance known as Evolution. A team created by the man himself back in the early 2000s. Evolution represented prestige and the future, prestige shown through HHH & Ric Flair and the future with young and hungry newcomers Batista & Randy Orton.

As time moved on, the future of Evolution built their own careers which will earn their place on the Hall of Fame one day. The Evolution of 2014 was all about expierence. They had won the titles and headlined WrestleManias but now it was time to teach the future of 2014 a lesson.

The Shield battled Evolution at Extreme Rules and it was fantastic. The first instalment showed the talent these six men can create together. The most memorable moment would be when Seth Rollins flys from a railing onto HHH & Orton. Shockingly, The Shield picked up the victory which didn’t sit well with Evolution.

The second and final confrontation was announced for Payback with an elimination stipulation. Their Exteme Rule’s bount is considered the better of the two but I favour the Payback match.

Why do I favour it? Well… Firstly, it is way more chaotic, all the members brawl their way all around the arena at the start. The cameras didn’t know where to go but it made the match few unscripted and the rivalry few uncontained. Both teams bring themselves back to the ring in a short, generic tag team match with The Hounds gaining most of the attacks.

The tables will turn when Evolution performed their own triple power bomb to Roman on the announcer’s desk. 1/3 of The Shield was gone, now to focus on Ambrose and Rollins. While Dean and Seth managed to control their opponents for a little until the numbers game caught on. The action spread to the titiantron area, where HHH would then deliver a pedigree to Rollins on a chair as well as slamming chair shots to Dean’s back. Meanwhile, Roman was starting to regain conciseness in the ring. Evolution saw this and ran back into the ring to deliver the best moment in the match

To me, when wrestling feels like cinema you know you’re watching something great.   This idea was portrayed when Evolution canned the back of Roman Reigns. It was awesome but painful to watch. 

The story was creating so much tension because we had never witnessed The Shield like this. They were broken, destroyed and looked to have no chance in winning. That is until Seth Rollins climbed to unreal heights and crashed onto Evolution from the top of the screen.

Momentum was back in The Shield’s hands as Roman delivered a devastating spear to Bluetista, giving them the first elimination. Ambrose would then find himself back in the ring and persevere all odds to perform dirty deeds to Orton for the second elimination. The final elimination would occur with another spear to The Game from Reigns, crowning the 2-0 victory to The Shield.

The whole masterpiece is available for your’ viewing. Watch away, you will not be disappointed.

I said it before but this match can only be described in one word, epic. Big fight feel that has the right balance of control and chaos. Tag team main events usually flop because of the momentum in tag team matches, the classics between The Shield & Evolution are ones for the ages.

Thank you for reading and I will see you all for #9. Here is my list reordered to help pick my ultimate favourite. 

#8 JBL Vs John Cena at The Great American Bash 2008

#7 RVD Vs John Cena at One Night Stand 2006

#6 The Undertaker Vs Bray Wyatt at WrestleMania 31

#5 Bobby Roode Vs James Storm at Bound For Glory 2012

#4 The Shield Vs Evolution at Payback 2014

#3 Edge Vs John Cena at Unforgiven 2006

#2 Edge Vs The Undertaker at Summerslam 2008

#1 Edge Vs Mick Foley at WrestleMania 22




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