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The NWA Invasion: Royal Rumble 1999, Part 1
  • Royal Rumble 1999

    Venue: Arrowhead Pond in Anaheim, California
    Attendance: 15,000
    Announce Team: Michael Cole/Jerry Lawler​

    (Dark: Christian (w/Edge) d. Jeff Hardy (w/Matt Hardy))

    Heat: Too Much d. The JOB Squad (Bob Holly/Scorpio)

    Flip the result here. JOB Squad kind of needs to lose for their gimmick to work.

    Heat: Mabel d. Big Boss Man

    Make it fast, I want to minimize the presence of Mabel as much as possible.

    Brian Armstrong/Bradshaw (c) (w/Jim Cornette) d. D-Generation X (Triple H/X-Pac) for the NWA/WWF Tag Team Championships

    Things continue to go bad for D-X as the NWA beat them here for the tag belts. Triple H becomes furious with X-Pac, and he gives him a Pedigree on the way out.

    Dustin Rhodes (c) (w/Jim Cornette) d. Billy Gunn for the NWA European Championship

    You read that right! It's no longer the WWF, but the NWA European Championship. And poor Billy Gunn falls to the Rebel Yell as Dustin keeps it the NWA European Championship.

    Sable (c) d. Luna Vachon (w/Shane McMahon) in a Strap Match for the WWF Women's Championship

    Our only OTL match tonight, so how about that?

    Jeff Jarrett (c) (w/Jim Cornette) d. Ken Shamrock for the NWA North American/WWF Intercontinental Championships

    Just another Jarrett/Shamrock affair to keep things good. One more match before the Rumble.

    Dr. Death Steve Williams (c) (w/Jim Cornette) d. Mankind in an I Quit Match for the NWA/WWF World Championships

    Oh yeah, it's this match. Sure, I think the spots will be different based on the styles, but it's a brawl all the same. Maybe not ten chairs shots to the head, thankfully. Maybe one or two sprinkled in. Mankind takes at least five Doctor Bombs before finally calling it quits. And gets one more Doctor Bomb before Williams leaves.

    That wraps up the preliminary matches and next up, it's time for the Rumble!
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    The NWA Invasion: Royal Rumble 1999, Part 2
  • The 1999 Royal Rumble Match

    #1: Stone Cold Steve Austin
    #2: The Rock

    Rather than Mr. McMahon, we bring in the Rock at #2, making this a huge Rumble.

    #3: Golga

    Golga comes in, takes a Stunner and gets tossed out (30, Golga)

    #4: Headbanger Puke

    In comes Puke to take a Rock Bottom and then thrown out (29, Puke)

    #5: Edge

    Edge charges in, taking a Stunner and going out as well (28, Edge)

    #6: Gillberg

    Gillberg! Gillberg! Rock Bottom to Gillberg and out he goes (27, Gillberg) You can see a trend here.

    #7: Steve Blackman

    Yep. Here comes another Stunner and out (26, Blackman)

    #8: Dan Severn

    Severn finally breaks the mold here by actually holding out.

    #9: Tiger Ali Singh

    And another Rock Bottom and out they go (25, Singh)

    #10: The Blue Meanie

    The bodies don't stop coming as after a brief dance sequence from the Meanie, he takes a Stunner and gets tossed before Austin goes back to fighting Rock and Severn (24, Meanie)

    #11: Mabel

    Well, can't just toss this one out, can we? And sure, there's three dudes in there, but you're gonna need more than that.

    #12: Brian Armstrong

    Brian, despite being an NWA guy, is allowed to help in trying to toss out Mabel.

    #13: Gangrel

    Gangrel joins in the fight to send out Mabel and the five men manage to send him out (23, Mabel)

    #14: Kurrgan

    And Kurrgan comes in, the five men joining back together to toss him out (22, Kurrgan)

    #15: Al Snow

    Al comes in and goes right for Gangrel while Brian puts on a brave face against Severn, who takes out his frustrations over losing the NWA title out on Brian. Rock and Austin go back to their fight.

    #16: Dustin Rhodes

    Dustin goes in to help Brian fight against Severn. Things are actually starting to build now in the Rumble.

    #17: Kama Mustafa

    Kama joins in on the Severn fight, wanting a piece of that action.

    #18: Kane

    Kane comes in next and delivers a few chokeslams, sending out Brian (21, Armstrong) Dustin (20, Rhodes) Al (19, Snow) and Kama (18, Mustafa) before just... leaving. He just walked right out like it was nothing. (17, Kane)

    #19: Ken Shamrock

    Here comes Shamrock to go right after Severn. The two duke it out while Gangrel sits and watches that and Austin/Rock still in progress.

    #20: Billy Gunn

    And Billy immediately gets hit with an Impaler, then picked up and suplexed by Shamrock, put into a choke by Severn, hit with the People's Elbow and then a Stunner and gone (16, Billy) poor jobbin' Billy.

    #21: Test

    Test decides he's just gonna fight Gangrel for a bit because anything else would be death.

    #22: Big Boss Man

    Welp. Time for another goodbye Stunner (15, Boss Man)

    #23: Triple H

    Just as Shamrock dumps out Dan Severn (14, Severn) here comes Triple H to meet him face to face while Test and Gangrel fight and Austin/Rock is still going.

    #24: Val Venis

    Val dives into Test, only to get caught and dumped right out (13, Venis)

    #25: X-Pac

    Make some noise! X-Pac, despite the Pedigree, tries to help his buddy Hunter out in dealing with Shamrock.

    #26: Mark Henry

    Mark grabs and tosses out Gangrel (12, Gangrel) before throwing hands with Test in what was surely classic television.

    #27: Jeff Jarrett

    A mistimed kick got Triple H riled up, so Jarrett takes control of Shamrock while Hunter and X-Pac fight.

    #28: D'Lo Brown

    D'Lo comes in to help out his buddy Mark against Test.

    #29 Owen Hart

    Owen decides to help out Test for now.

    #30: Chyna

    Chyna comes in and tosses out X-Pac for Triple H (11, X-Pac) before taking a Stunner and going right out (10, Chyna)

    As we head to the end, we have Austin/Rock, D'Lo and Henry vs. Owen and Test, Jarrett/Shamrock and Hunter all alone. Though Jarrett sends out Shamrock (9, Shamrock) so that should give Hunter something to do.

    Meanwhile, Owen sends out D'Lo Brown (8, D'Lo) and Mark tosses out Test (7, Test) before Owen and Mark get sent out by Rock and Austin (6, Owen) (5, Henry) leaving our final four.

    The Rock, who has had opportunity robbed from him at every turn. Triple H, who has seen D-X fall apart at the seams. Jarrett, once the crown jewel of the NWA, now playing second to Dr. Death and Austin, who is Stone Cold and he wants his belt back, thank you very much.

    The Rock bounces Jarrett (4, Jarrett) while Austin sends out Triple H (3, Hunter) and for however much time we have left, these two pretty much go at it until Austin finally hits the Stunner, gets the Rock over the ropes and sends him to the floor. (2, Rock)

    The NWA Invasion: St. Valentine's Day Massacre
  • St. Valentine's Day Massacre: In Your House

    Venue: Memphis Pyramid
    Attendance: 19,050
    Announce Team: Michael Cole/Jerry Lawler​

    (Dark: Too Much d. The Hardy Boyz)

    Heat: Test (w/Shane McMahon) d. Mabel
    Heat: Big Boss Man d. Dennis Knight

    Move some matches over to heat and give Test the win instead of the DQ. Also, put him with Shane, because that's fun.

    Dustin Rhodes (c) (w/Jim Cornette) d. Bluedust for the NWA European Championship

    We get Meanie doing a Goldust impression to annoy Dustin, but he gets squashed. Rebel Yell puts away Bluedust.

    Al Snow d. Bob Holly for the vacant WWF Hardcore Championship

    Match from OTL, but we give Al the win here to make up for killing off Head.

    Owen Hart d. Billy Gunn, D'Lo Brown, and X-Pac in a Fatal Four Way Match

    Just a simple little four-way bout. Match ends when Triple H comes in and hits X-Pac with a Pedigree, Owen picking up the pin.

    Brian Armstrong/Bradshaw (c) (w/Jim Cornette) d. The Brothers of Destruction (The Undertaker/Kane) (w/Paul Bearer) for the NWA/WWF Tag Team Championships (Count-Out)

    Undertaker and Kane get close, wracking poor Brian and keeping him from tagging to Bradshaw. We get some jawing between Cornette and Bearer at ringside, because that's fun. However, during the match, the crowd lights up as a massive man charges through the crowd and climbs the apron. King! That's Paul Wight! That's Paul Wight! He's got Kane by the throat! Chokeslam to the floor! He picks Kane up! Chokeslam through the Spanish announce table! Paul Wight stares 'Taker down and points to him before stomping off. Suddenly, the lights go out and when they're on, Undertaker is gone. The ref, confused, counts Kane out, allow Brian and Bradshaw to keep.

    Jeff Jarrett (c) (w/Jim Cornette) d. Val Venis for the NWA North American/WWF Intercontinental Championships

    Val's got the momentum here, so we put him against Jarrett. it's a tidy match up, ending with a switch from the Venis Flytrap to Figure Four. Jarrett keeps again.

    Ken Shamrock (w/Alicia Webb) d. Triple H (w/Chyna)

    Just have a nice straightforward match here, ending when X-Pac does a run-in to get revenge on Hunter for the previous run-in. Hits a superkick that leaves Triple stunned and taking a big German bridging into a pin.

    Dr. Death Steve Williams (c) (w/Jim Cornette) d. Mankind in a Last Man Standing Match for the NWA/WWF World Championships

    Yeah, do this match too. Mankind is the underdog and fights to try and take the WWF title back, but he gets Doctor Bombed on something that just puts him out. Taking the ten count loss.

    Stone Cold Steve Austin d. The Rock (w/Mr. McMahon) in a Steel Cage Match

    Mr. McMahon wants the NWA gone, but he wants it to be his own man and not Stone Cold. Too bad that Austin wins this in spite of Rock and Vince's efforts. We're getting it from WrestleMania! Stone Cold vs. Dr. Death!
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    The NWA Invasion: WrestleMania XV
  • WrestleMania XV

    Venue: First Union Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
    Attendance: 20,500
    Announce Team: Jim Ross/Jerry Lawler​

    Heat: Jacqueline (w/Terri Runnels) d. Ivory
    Heat: The Smoking Gunns win a Battle Royal to determine the #1 Contenders for the NWA/WWF Tag Team Championships

    Teams in the Battle Royal: Public Enemy, Mabel/Faarooq, Gillberg/Steve Blackman, The Legion of Doom, the Disciples of Apocalypse, Too Much, The Hardy Boyz, The Headbangers (Mosh/Puke), D'Lo Brown/Kama Mustafa, The Smoking Gunns.

    Smoking Gunns are back together! They're going for the tag titles tonight at WrestleMania XV! Billy and Bart got back together in the build, picking up wins and a spot in this battle royal.

    Al Snow (c) d. Hardcore Holly and Dennis Knight for the WWF Hardcore Championship

    Just a hardcore brawl with Snow hitting the Snowplow to Dennis to keep.

    Brian Armstrong/Bradshaw (c) (w/Jim Cornette) d. The Smoking Gunns for the NWA/WWF Tag Team Championships

    And in the first of four matches to drive out the NWA, the WWF team comes up short. Billy gets pissed after the match and hits the One and Only to Bart. That'll wrap up Bart and put Billy on a solo run.

    Kane d. Mankind

    Just get these two on the card. Mankind takes the Tombstone here for Kane.

    Owen Hart d. Jeff Jarrett (c) (w/Jim Cornette) for the NWA North American/WWF Intercontinental Championships

    Owen manages the first win for the WWF side in a good match with Jarrett, giving his all to put Jarrett away with the Sharpshooter. He takes the IC/NA titles.

    Triple H (w/Chyna) d. X-Pac

    And now Triple H stands alone. The match goes for a while before he hits the Pedigree to X-Pac.

    Sable (c) d. Tori for the WWF Women's Championship

    Oh hey, look. An OTL match. That's rare now.

    Test (w/Shane McMahon) d. Dustin Rhodes (c) (w/Jim Cornette) for the NWA European Championship

    Test takes the European title back for WWF! Big Pumphandle to Dustin to claim a victory. Shane takes the racket for some more manager fun.

    The Rock d. Ken Shamrock

    Another "get them on the card match" and to get some heat back for Rocky after just a string of losses. Rock Bottom and People's Elbow victory.

    The Undertaker (w/Paul Bearer) d. Paul Wight in a Hell in a Cell Match

    Yeah, 'Taker vs. Paul Wight again. Sue me. Do you all really want him fighting Boss Man? It's a big-on-big match-up and it ends with a Tombstone to Paul Wight. Bad start for the Big Show, but we sell the fact that it's a huge debut match for him.

    Stone Cold Steve Austin d. Dr. Death Steve Williams (c) (w/Jim Cornette) in a No Disqualification Match for the NWA and WWF World Championships

    And to take it all and end the reign of the NWA, Austin gets his big rematch with Dr. Death, the two just going all out on each other. Hitting hard and hitting with anything they got. It's just an all-out brawl, ending with the Stunner to Dr. Death. Austin reclaims WWF World Title, gets the NWA World Title, which is "absorbed" into the WWF World Title and gives a screaming furious Cornette a Stunner to end the show.

    Of course, Mr. McMahon's gonna try and get the belt off Austin and Dr. Death has his rematch clause, but the NWA invasion is done for.

    Next up: Shattered Shield.
    Shattered Shield
  • Shattered Shield

    Now, let's start with the fact that the Shield's breakup was awesome. Seth surprising everyone by turning on his brothers and siding with the Authority was a great start. This is really more a story of what happened after the Shield broke up. The Roman Reigns push, the Seth Rollins non-push and the Dean Ambrose burial. How, oh how, do we handle this? Well, let's start with...

    Money in the Bank 2014

    Venue: TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts
    Attendance: 15.653
    Announce Team: Michael Cole/Jerry Lawler/JBL​

    For the start, we're gonna stick to keeping the rest OTL and zeroing in on matches with Shield members. To that end, we got two matches to talk about here.

    Seth Rollins d. Dean Ambrose, Dolph Ziggler, Jack Swagger (w/Zeb Colter), Kofi Kingston and Rob Van Dam in the Money in the Bank Ladder Match

    OTL match. but here's the big one.

    Roman Reigns d. Alberto del Rio, Bray Wyatt, Cesaro (w/Paul Heyman), John Cena, Kane, Randy Orton and Sheamus in a Ladder Match for the vacant WWE World Heavyweight Championship

    Alright, so now I gotta sell you on this because this is some hard selling. Okay, at this point Roman is clearly not ready to be world champion. He will be, but not at the moment. But, he's still over with the crowd coming off the Shield and another thing of importance we sell is his brotherhood with Dean. One of the things I hated about how the breakup went down was the distance put between Dean and Roman. The three were super close and were a unit, but suddenly Roman's just fucked off and isn't going after Seth. Here, we keep Dean and Roman a package and sell their differences. Dean is explosive in his anger. Seth was the closest thing Dean had to a friend in this business and he threw all that away. Roman remains cool and calm, says very little and acts more as a punctuation to Dean's more verbose raving. Usually, a threat to Seth capped off with a "Believe that!" The two tag together and are in each other's corners for singles. The Shield may be gone, but they are still brothers.

    Also, he's probably the best option here. Yeah, I'll say it. Like, who else do we got? Del Rio? He's always been on the stop-start for booking. Bray? Just lost the Cena feud. Cesaro? Plays second banana to Brock. Cena or Orton? Ugh, not again. Kane? Heeeeellll no. Sheamus? He hasn't gotten the mohawk yet, so he's still boring face Sheamus. So, Roman's the best option we got in the line-up and now we have to push him hard. Make him as dominant as possible. He wins explosively quick matches on TV, does longer matches on house shows and PPVs. Cover up his flaws and really accentuate his strengths as a powerhouse. No underdog booking here. Just a killing machine of power.

    Plus, this works into Dean and Roman's goal heading forward: Ruin Seth Rollins' life. Dean and Roman have made a pact to utterly destroy Seth for turning on them and what better way to do that than to act as a roadblock between him and the biggest prize in wrestling? And while Dean wasn't able to stop him from winning the world title, he does stop him from cashing in on Roman that night and makes sure to do so on every RAW from here on out. Whenever Seth tries to cash in, Dean is there and on the attack. We also don't make it goofy. We make Dean look as unhinged as PG will allow. He is obsessed with Seth, wants to kill the bastard. Roman just keeps being dominant in matches. He knows Dean has his back. And since Roman isn't the Authority's handpicked guy (yeah, I know he's Vince's IRL dude) and Dean keeps stopping their handpicked guy, they get under Triple H's skin, so we can do some really good Dean and Roman screwing over the Authority at every possible turn. It's a pretty solid storyline from here. It's a risk, but one that I think can pay off.
    Shattered Shield: Battleground 2014
  • Battleground 2014

    Venue: Tampa Bay Times Forum in Tampa, Florida
    Attendance: 12,000
    Announce Team: Michael Cole/Jerry Lawler/JBL​

    Alright, what's the next set of matches that got changed?

    Seth Rollins d. Dean Ambrose (count-out)

    About the same as OTL, where Dean gets waylaid by the Authority to protect their golden boy. This is how you gotta do Seth at this time. He's a smug, entitled little shit who is given favors by the higher-ups who are investing in him. Another match to look at here.

    Roman Reigns (c) d. John Cena, Kane and Randy Orton in a Fatal Four-Way Match for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship

    First defense and making it a multi-man allows us to keep Reigns' presence limited and we got three vets in there to help him out. He gets the big sequence at the end where he levels everybody, Spear to Kane to get the fall and keep. Seth begins to run out with the briefcase when SURPRISE! Ambrose runs in and jumps Rollins, preventing another cash in. Security comes to pull away Ambrose, Reigns charging out to help Dean escape the Authority's wrath.
    Shattered Shield: SummerSlam 2014
  • SummerSlam 2014

    Venue: Staples Center in Los Angeles, California
    Attendance: 18,000
    Announce Team: Michael Cole/Jerry Lawler/JBL​

    So, we got three matches to focus on here.

    Seth Rollins d. Dean Ambrose in a Lumberjack Match for the Money in the Bank Briefcase

    Dean eventually gets under Seth's skin and Seth, being the arrogant heel, is tricked into putting up his briefcase. Triple H plays damage control by making it a Lumberjack match, but it's all OTL from there. Same lumberjacks and a really good match. Seth keeps his briefcase tonight.

    John Cena d. Randy Orton


    Roman Reigns (c) d. Brock Lesnar (w/Paul Heyman) for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship

    Oh yes, here comes the big risk. This is where I'm sure shit's gonna get real difficult to sell. I'm not blind to the likelihood that smarks will reject Reigns, they'll be cynical to his continued friendship with Ambrose while Ambrose still suffers losses at PPV and especially putting him against Brock after Brock ended the Streak is dangerous. However, I have faith in this match because both of these are hard men who will stiff the hell out of each other, throw suplexes, hit finishers and the crowd will eat it up. The finish comes after an F5 where Roman just jumps right back up, stunning Brock long enough for him to take a Superman Punch, followed by a Spear. However, the night's not over yet.

    Seth Rollins d. Roman Reigns (c) for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship

    This time, Dean gets waylaid by the heel lumberjacks from the match and Seth cashes in. It's a quick Avada Kedavra to get Reigns down, followed by the Curbstomp. Rollins pins an exhausted Reigns and sneaks off with the World Heavyweight Championship. The heist of the century!
    Shattered Shield: Night of Champions 2014
  • Night of Champions 2014

    Venue: Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee
    Attendance: 12,000
    Announce Team: Michael Cole/Jerry Lawler/JBL​

    Just one match to change from OTL. But it's a big one.

    John Cena d. Seth Rollins (c) for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship by Disqualification

    So, originally this match was booked for Rollins and Reigns to have their rematch from SummerSlam. However, the night of the show, Reigns had to go down for surgery, so midway through Seth taunted Reigns and made an open challenge for anyone to meet him in the main event tonight. That brought out Cena, who accepted. Seth, cocky as ever, said he could beat Cena. However, Seth finds he can't beat Cena. He's good, no doubt, but he was way less prepared than he thought he was for Cena and thus a desperation call is made. Brock runs in and attacks Cena, drawing the DQ. Rollins sneaks away while Brock continues to wreck Cena. Triple H offered Heyman a big pay to get Brock to ruin Cena and keep the title on Seth.
    Shattered Shield: Hell in a Cell 2014
  • Hell in a Cell 2014

    Venue: American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas
    Attendance: 16,000
    Announce Team: Michael Cole/Jerry Lawler/JBL​

    Seth Rollins (c) (w/Jamie Noble and Joey Mercury) d. Dean Ambrose in a Hell in a Cell Match for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship

    So, OTL match, warts and all, but now an even bigger match because it's for the title. really not much else for this one. Posts getting shorter, but that's because we're building up to stuff. Strap in, the storyline's really gonna start blowing up.
    Shattered Shield: Survivor Series 2014
  • Survivor Series 2014

    Venue: Scottrade Center in St. Louis, Missouri
    Attendance: 12,000
    Announce Team: Michael Cole/Jerry Lawler/JBL​

    Bray Wyatt d. Dean Ambrose

    Rather than a DQ, Bray wins thanks to interference by Luke Harper. Sister Abigail does it here.

    Team Cena (John Cena/Big Show/Dolph Ziggler/Jack Swagger/Ryback) d. Team Authority (Seth Rollins/Randy Orton/Kane/Mark Henry/Rusev) (w/The Authority and Lana) in a 5-on-5 Survivor Series Elimination Match

    Some changes to the OTL card are the removal of Rowan and Harper. Instead, we have Swagger and Rusev (maybe have Cesaro beat Rowan on the pre-show)

    The match starts off with Big Show sending out Mark Henry first, putting Team Cena at the advantage, but Rusev evens it out later with an elimination to Ryback. Orton takes Swagger with the RKO, followed by Big Show doing his usual heel turn, chokeslam to Cena and leaving him for Rollins before getting counted out. Dolph underdogs the rest of the match, eliminating Kane, Orton and after help from Sting, Seth Rollins. The Authority is gone! And this one is gonna stick! Rollins doesn't have his protection anymore!
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    Shattered Shield: TLC 2014
  • TLC: Tables, Ladders and Chairs 2014

    Venue: Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio
    Attendance: 14,000
    Announce Team: Michael Cole/JBL​

    Got more matches on this card due to some quick shuffling. Also, take Jerry Lawler off commentary and make him the WWE Commissioner. Good stuff.

    Luke Harper (c) d. Erick Rowan in a Ladder Match for the WWE Intercontinental Championship

    Probably not a great ladder match, but having a belt for it and the Wyatt vs. Wyatt nature adds to it. Harper pulls down the belt, keeping it over Rowan.

    John Cena d. Big Show in a Tables Match

    Drop the Steel Stairs match (goddamn, this year sucked) and tie up the loose end of Big Show's betrayal. AA through the table, nothing too intense.

    Dean Ambrose d. Bray Wyatt in a No Holds Barred Match

    We get a variant of the TLC match, just have the two go crazy on each other with weapons. Harper goes in for the interference when he's cut off by...

    Roman's back! Spear to Harper! The Wyatts and the Shield! Kinda... who cares! Hoss fight! Hosssssss fiiiiiight! Thanks to help from his brother Roman, Ambrose hits Dirty Deeds and gets the win. And that's the important thing to sell here: Roman has every reason to want to go after Rollins, but his brother was in danger. Dean was under attack and Roman wasn't gonna stand by and do nothing. The WWE title will come later. First, he's gonna help Dean take out the Wyatts. The fans will get behind it. The smarks will continue their cynical line of seeing this as Dean can't win unless he's got Roman with him. But who cares? Main event time.

    Seth Rollins (c) (w/Jamie Noble and Joey Mercury) d. Dolph Ziggler in a Tables, Ladders and Chairs Match for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship

    Ziggler did beat Rollins at Survivor Series, so it's natural for him to get a shot at the title. This will be a good, fun match. Dolph does some great bumping and selling and the two damn near kill each other with spots. It's a wild car crash of a match, ending with Rollins unhooking the belt and standing tall atop the ladder.
    Shattered Shield: Royal Rumble 2015, Part 1
  • Royal Rumble 2015

    Venue: Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
    Attendance: 17,500
    Announce Team: Michael Cole/JBL​

    Dean Ambrose/Roman Reigns d. Bray Wyatt/Luke Harper

    We do some shuffling. Take Cesaro/Kidd vs. New Day off the card. Make Ascension vs. Outlaws a pre-show squash (because the Ascension should fucking kill the Outlaws, damn it!) and have this fine match to open the show. Crowd is explosive here in Philly and it's a bit short, only hitting eleven minutes, but the crowd is hot all the way. Dean hits Dirty Deeds to Bray while Reigns hits the spear on Harper to stop the break up. The two hug after the match before turning to see the WrestleMania sign. They lock eyes, Dean offers a hand and Roman shakes his hand.

    Seth Rollins (c) (w/Jamie Noble and Joey Mercury) d. Brock Lesnar (w/Paul Heyman) and John Cena in a Triple Threat Match for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship

    So, you got the OTL match, but the context has changed. Cena has been #1 contender since October while Rollins was ducking him. Brock, as part of a deal between the Authority and Heyman, is finally demanding his shot at the title. A deal Seth tried to get out of since the Authority, you know, isn't around. But Lawler upholds the deal and also adds Cena to the mix, getting us to here. Rollins wins after a Curbstomp to Cena onto the belt as we head into what will no doubt be the longest part of this timeline so far.

    The Rumble.
    Shattered Shield: Royal Rumble 2015, Part 2
  • The 2015 Royal Rumble

    #1: The Miz
    #2: R-Truth

    Rekindle this old feud to kick off the Rumble.

    #3: Bubba Ray Dudley

    Bubba starts off with some returning veteran spots before teaming up with R-Truth.

    #4: Luke Harper

    The Intercontinental champion comes in and starts attacking Bubba.

    #5: Bray Wyatt

    And here comes Bray to assist Harper, the two dumping Bubba out (30, Bubba)

    #6: Curtis Axel

    Or it would've been if Erick Rowan didn't decide he wanted to deal with the family. So we get the Axelmania spot, but also.

    #6: Erick Rowan

    Here comes Rowan, fighting hard as the underdog against Bray and Luke.

    #7: The Boogeyman

    HE'S THE BOOGEYMAN! AND HE'S COMING TO GET YOU, BRAY! Boogeyman teams up with Erick Rowan because this is a match of weird spooky stuff... and also Miz/R-Truth.

    #8: Sin Cara

    And Sin Cara dives into the Miz/R-Truth fight while Bray and Luke toss out Boogeyman (29, Boogeyman)

    #9: Zack Ryder

    And here comes Ryder to help with the Miz. Rowan's struggling to stay in and Harper and Wyatt dump him out (28, Rowan)

    #10: Daniel Bryan

    And here comes D-Bry to bring kicks to Bray and Luke while the Miz goes out (27, Miz) Ryder, R-Truth and Sin Cara turn to the Wyatts as it becomes a fight.

    #11: Fandango

    And you know what time it is, folks. First up comes a discus clothesline from Harper before getting tossed into Sister Abigail. As Fandango gets up, he takes a Rough Ryder, followed by a Little Jimmy and a senton bomb from Sin Cara. D-Bry sets up for the Solid Knee Plus as soon as Fandango is up and out he goes (26, Fandango)

    #12: Tyson Kidd

    Kidd goes right after D-Bry, doing some Michaels/Bret stuff here with them while the Wyatts turn to targeting R-Truth and Zack Ryder because why not?

    #13: Stardust

    And Stardust goes right after Sin Cara. No real reason, just need to have Sin Cara fight somebody. R-Truth gets sent out (25, R-Truth) leaving Ryder to fend for himself.

    #14: Diamond Dallas Page

    Yo, it's me! It's me! It's D-D-P! Diamond Cutters for everybody before he decides to go after the Wyatts with Zack Ryder. Meanwhile, Stardust sends out Sin Cara (24, Sin Cara)

    #15: Rusev

    Rusev! He comes in to help Tyson Kidd to try and toss out D-Bry while DDP gets sent out (23, Page) with Ryder holding on for dear life.

    #16: Goldust

    Goldust comes in and teams with his brother to fight the Wyatts after Zack Ryder gets tossed out (22, Ryder) while Daniel continues to fight both Kidd and Rusev.

    #17: Kofi Kingston

    It's a New Day... they're not there yet, but they're still babyfaces, so Kofi comes in to help D-Bry. He dives onto Rusev, taking a belly-to-belly while D-Bry and Tyson go back to it.

    #18: Adam Rose

    Rose looks to help Tyson Kidd because that was a thing for like a hot minute.

    #19: Roman Reigns

    And here he comes! Reigns hits a nice hard spear to Adam Rose and sends him out (21, Rose) leaving Bryan with Tyson and turning to Rusev.

    #20: Big E

    Big E joins up with Kofi while Goldust gets sent out (20, Goldust) followed by Stardust (19, Stardust) before having the Wyatts meet the New Day. Fights right not are D-Bry/Tyson, Reigns/Rusev, and Bray/Harper vs. New Day.

    #21: Damien Mizdow

    Man, Mizdow would've made for a great multi-finisher spot, especially here. Instead, we have Mizdow getting directed from ringside by Miz to attack D-Bry, putting the American Dragon through the ringer.

    #22: Jack Swagger

    Swagger goes after Tyson Kidd as we get a battle of the beards with Bryan and Mizdow. Ring's filling up a bit... let's see if we can fix that.

    #23: Ryback

    Ryback comes in and starts dumping out some guys, sending out Tyson (18, Kidd) and Swagger (17, Swagger) while Bray and Harper toss out Big E (16, Big E) and try for Kofi, but Big E gets him on his shoulders and gets him back in before they dump him out again (15, Kingston) and Bryan sends out Mizdow (14, Mizdow)

    #24: Kane

    Kane comes in, gets into it with Ryback, but thanks to help from D-Bry, he's sent out (13, Kane) Yeah, fuck you, Kane! You're not here to ruin this Rumble! D-Bry and Ryback work together to fight the Wyatts while Reigns continues to fight Rusev.

    #25: Dean Ambrose

    And Ambrose comes in with the assist to Reigns! Together the two manage to send Rusev out (12, Rusev) and wait for the next entrant.

    #26: Titus O'Neil

    Yep, out ya go, Titus (11, O'Neil)

    #27: Bad News Barrett

    Well, he's gonna be tough to send out. Meanwhile, Bray and Harper manage to toss out Ryback (10, Ryback) and single out poor Daniel.

    #28: Cesaro

    And things get worse from here for Dean and Roman. Meanwhile, D-Bry finally gets tossed by Bray (9, Bryan) with him and Harper turning to join on beating the former Shield.

    #29: Big Show

    Well... it's the Big Show. Dean and Roman fight hard, protecting each other. The goal is that one or both men have to make it to the end. They're brothers, even in the "every man for himself" environment of the Royal Rumble.

    #30: Dolph Ziggler

    Dolph comes into help, surprising everyone by sacrificing himself to send out Bad News Barrett (8, Barrett) (7, Ziggler)

    Cesaro decides to play to the crowd and tosses out the Big Show while Reigns and Ambrose fight back against the Wyatt family (6, Big Show)

    However, this opens himself up as Dean and Roman send him out as well (5, Cesaro)

    The final four is the Wyatt Family and the Shield. Two teams who were split the last year, now together trying to fight for the glory. However, Bray makes the error of tossing out Luke now (4, Harper) and pays with Ambreigns sending him out (3, Wyatt)

    Of course, we have them go for a while. Really sell the tension between two brothers looking to main event WrestleMania. The sequence starts with a handshake and the two do not let up for a second. They wanna make sure that whoever wins the Rumble earns it. And finally, after all that, Roman tosses out Ambrose (2, Ambrose)

    The crowd reaction is gonna be mixed, but I doubt it's gonna be boos. Especially not when, instead of OTL's Rock, Ambrose comes back in and raises Roman's arm in victory. The two hug and point to the sign together, a promise that no matter what happens, they're both gonna be there.
    Shattered Shield: Fastlane 2015
  • Fastlane 2015

    Venue: FedEx Forum in Memphis, Tennessee
    Attendance: 14,000
    Announce Team: Michael Cole/JBL​

    Bray Wyatt d. Luke Harper (c) for the WWE Intercontinental Title

    Bray takes the IC belt from his disciple in a small divergence here. It's a rough brawl between both men, ending with a Sister Abigail. Hey, it's Bray's first belt. Yay for Bray.

    Seth Rollins (c) (w/Jamie Noble and Joey Mercury) d. Ryback for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship

    Risky match to put him with Ryback, but the story is simple. Ryback gets a shot because Seth's been annoying Commissioner Lawler and this ought to shut him up. Maybe he wants to prove he can beat another powerhouse to show Reigns he won't win at WrestleMania. Interference by J&J Security set Ryback up for the Curbstomp.

    Dean Ambrose d. Daniel Bryan

    Both men have some valid claim to a shot at Seth. D-Bry never lost the belt and Dean only lost his title match thanks to interference from Bray, so Lawler agrees that the winner of the match will be inserted into the main event of WrestleMania. From there it's Daniel Bryan vs. Dean Ambrose and what more do you want? You got twenty minutes of good stuff here, ending with Dirty Deeds. Dean and Daniel shake hands, out comes Roman. Roman shakes hands with D-Bry, "you fought well, Daniel." All that good babyface stuff and then Roman turns to Dean. Roman offers a fist. Dean bumps it and the two stare each other down before looking to the WrestleMania sign.
    Shattered Shield: WrestleMania 31
  • WrestleMania 31

    Venue: Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, California
    Attendance: 77,000
    Announce Team: Michael Cole/JBL​

    Pre-Show Match: Tyson Kidd/Cesaro (c) (w/Natalya) d. Los Matadores (w/El Torito), The New Day (Kofi Kingston/Big E) (w/Xavier Woods) and The Usos (w/Naomi) in a Fatal Four-Way Tag Team Match for the WWE Tag Team Championship

    Same match from OTL. Sorry, Colons. Can't save you this time.

    Pre-Show Match: Damien Sandow wins the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal

    Give this one to Sandow as we make him his own man here, breaking away from the Miz on the big stage.

    Daniel Bryan d. Bad News Barrett, Bray Wyatt (c), Dolph Ziggler, Stardust and Luke Harper in a Ladder Match for the WWE Intercontinental Championship

    So, we have the OTL match, but with Bray here instead of Ambrose. Got a somewhat shuffled up card here and this match kicks off the main show. D-Bry wins, yes chants all around.

    Brock Lesnar (w/Paul Heyman) d. Randy Orton (w/Triple H) in a No Disqualification Match

    So, Hunter had been taken out of power and he has been demanding it back, so Lawler decides that he can have it back... if Orton can beat Lesnar in a No-DQ match. Which he can't He gets wrecked. He gets suplexed into Triple H, he gets a trip to Suplex City, bitches. F5 ends it. Triple H is never coming back.

    AJ Lee/Paige d. The Bella Twins
    John Cena d. Rusev (c) (w/Lana) for the WWE United States Championship

    Last two OTL matches.

    The Undertaker d. Sting

    Because you gotta have the match. You gotta get Undertaker vs. Sting and you get it here. Go below twenty minutes, have Undertaker win with the Tombstone, have it wrap here for Sting with a handshake. Enjoy the Hall of Fame ring, Stinger.

    Seth Rollins (c) d. Roman Reigns and Dean Ambrose in a Triple Threat Match for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship

    You knew it was coming. It had to come to this. All three members of the Shield, almost a year since Seth split them up, now meeting for the biggest prize in wrestling. The start of the match is Dean and Roman finally venting their frustrations on Seth when he tries to bail and whole they got him beaten down, the brothers begin to turn around on each other. See, as much as they were united against Seth, the WWE World Title is still something both men want. One had it, one got his chance robbed and both want to take it from Seth.

    So, they fight. We get Dean vs. Roman, sometimes Seth will jump in and do a sequence before getting sent out. All three men play to their strengths. The finish has Roman spear Dean, only for Seth to sneak in with the Curbstomp to Roman to get the pinfall and walk out of WrestleMania 31 still champion. Spin that belt, Seth! You've won at the main event of WrestleMania!

    Oh, but don't worry, folks. The story is not yet over. Oh no, this was just the end of Act 1. Get ready for Act 2.
    Shattered Shield: Extreme Rules 2015
  • Extreme Rules 2015

    Venue: Allstate Arena in Rosemont, Illinois
    Attendance: 15,000
    Announce Team: Michael Cole/JBL​

    Dean Ambrose d. Luke Harper in a Chicago Street Fight
    Roman Reigns d. Big Show in a Last Man Standing Match
    Seth Rollins (c) d. Randy Orton in a Steel Cage Match for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship

    All OTL matches, but with some change to the booking behind them. Harper and Show are pretty much there to keep Ambrose and Reigns busy while Orton is slowly turning face. He's pissed at being forced to face Brock, pissed at Triple H for shoving him aside for Seth and he's getting real sick of Rollins' smug little rat face. Wants to take him out. No RKO ban gimmick because they didn't have the 'Mania match and also that gimmick was stupid. Just a straight up cage match with Rollins escaping and J&J security takes some RKOs.
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    Shattered Shield: King of the Ring 2015
  • King of the Ring 2015 Tournament Results

    Another return of King of the Ring because sometimes WWE does this. Let's see how it goes.


    Bad News Barrett d. Dolph Ziggler
    R-Truth d. Stardust
    Dean Ambrose d. Sheamus
    Neville d. Luke Harper


    Bad News Barrett d. R-Truth
    Neville d. Dean Ambrose


    Neville d. Bad News Barrett

    So, small changes from OTL. Ambrose makes it to the semi, but loses to Neville and Neville actually becomes King of the Ring, setting up for a match down the line.
    Shattered Shield: Payback 2015
  • Payback 2015

    Venue: Royal Farms Arena in Baltimore, Maryland
    Attendance: 12,000
    Announce Team: Michael Cole/JBL​

    Seth Rollins (c) d. Randy Orton, Dean Ambrose and Roman Reigns in a Fatal Four-Way Match for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship

    We lose the Kane Director of Operations gimmick and just have the match for the title. Same match as OTL. Saving the Neville title shot for a rainy day.
    Shattered Shield: Elimination Chamber 2015
  • Elimination Chamber 2015

    Venue: American Bank Center in Corpus Christi, Texas
    Attendance: 10,000
    Announce Team: Michael Cole/JBL​

    Dean Ambrose d. Seth Rollins (w/Jamie Noble and Joey Mercury) for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship by disqualification

    Yep. Another OTL main event. Really, this stuff still works, I just remember hating it at the time because the booking was terrible behind it. Taking the Authority out of the picture helps, though. Now it's just cocky Seth having to weasel his way out of losing by attacking the ref and getting jumped post-match by Reigns.
    Shattered Shield: Money in the Bank 2015
  • Money in the Bank 2015

    Venue: Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio
    Attendance: 16,000
    Announce Team: Michael Cole/JBL​

    Roman Reigns d. Dolph Ziggler, Kane, Kofi Kingston, Neville, Randy Orton and Sheamus in a Money in the Bank Ladder Match

    Bray tries to interfere, like in OTL, but gets stopped by Ambrose. Reigns unhooks the briefcase and becomes this year's Mr. Money in the Bank.

    Seth Rollins (c) d. Dean Ambrose for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship

    What a difference a year makes. Now Seth's champion leaving Money in the Bank and Reigns has the briefcase. Hmm...