Seth Rollins has vividly recalled a tough training session which was the turning point where he knew Roman Reigns was the right person to join The Shield.
The chemistry between Seth Rollins, Roman Reigns and Jon Moxley (then known as Dean Ambrose) was clear when they debuted in WWE at the 2012 Survivor Series, showing over the coming weeks and months what a cohesive unit was capable of. However, it would seem the initial spark between two of the members came long before that.
Whilst Moxley and Rollins already had a connection, it was a look across the ring from Roman Reigns during a training session when Rollins knew how good their connection was going to be.
In an interview with Sports Illustrated, Seth Rollins discussed how it could be frustrating with training, and it was looking like one drill with Terry Taylor was going to be particularly tough.
I remember it very specifically. Terry was working with the talent that day, working with a few of us on basically picking up the intensity for short sprints of time. A lot of what we were doing at that time in the training facility in Tampa was mindless work. It’s summer in Florida; it’s roasting inside. We’d been toiling away in developmental, and it was all very frustrating.
You had five or ten seconds to blow yourself sky high. Roman and I, we were paired together, and whatever we did, it wasn’t to Terry’s liking. We both looked at each other from across the ring, and there was this clarity and communication between the two of us. We were like, ‘We need to get out of this ring as soon as possible.’ We knew what had to be done.
Rollins went on to explain how he took a beating but it proved that the mindset between the trio was right and helped to create The Shield.
Roman was on the offense, and I was on the defense, so I knew what was going to happen. Roman knew how to bring it, and he got us out of this drill.
Mox and I were already on the same wavelength, and that was the moment that showed the three of us were of one mind and one goal. That allowed us to be The Shield. Without that mindset, there is no Shield, and the last ten years look a lot different.