One On One: The Shield vs. The World

Tossing Salt Presents: One On One
The Shield versus The World
October 27, 2017

One of the biggest things happening in the WWE these days is the long anticipated reunion of Roman Reigns, Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins as the unit known as “The Shield!”. Well, it was supposed to happen this past Sunday night at WWE TLC, but illness and fate changed all of that and we had Kurt Angle teaming with Rollins and Ambrose instead of Roman Reigns. I guess we’ll have to wait until Survivor Series instead.

But with all the hype about this trio of WWE superstars, it got me to wondering how these three men would do if matched up against other fampus threesomes from the glory days of wrestling past? What would happen if The Shield faced The Freebirds? Or the Von Erichs? Or Demolition? There is only one way to attempt to find out and that’s pure speculation and arm-chair booking and so, that’s what I’m going to do. Let’s find out who would be victorious if Ambrose, Rollins and Reigns were matched up against the legendary teams from the past, in their primes. It’s The Shield versus The World as they all go… One On One.

The Shield versus The Fabulous Freebirds (Michael Hayes, Buddy Roberts, Terry Gordy)

This could be a really good match as these two teams match up well in the ring. Michael Hayes was a better talker than wrestler in those days, but he could still go head to head with anyone in that ring. Buddy Roberts was a technical wrestling machine and the work-horse of the Freebird team, much as Rollins is with the Shield. And Terry “Bam Bam” Gordy was arguably one of the best, albeit under-rated wrestlers of his era, much like Roman Reigns does now, but not nearly as flashy. This match would be epic and could headline any event anywhere in the world. As for who would win, there would be a DQ or count-out if they were in a normal match because no ring could hold these men in and the action would spread out all over the arena. So let’s make it No DQ and falls-count anywhere. For the sake of argument, all of these matches will be No DQ and anything goes. And I’ll give the Freebirds the edge, just slightly. The Shield has most of the physical advantages, but I think the sneakiness of Hayes and the pure ability of Gordy would allow them to steal the win and come out on top in the end.

Winners: The Fabulous Freebirds

The Shield versus The Midnight Express (Stan Lane, Bobby Eaton & Dennis Condrey) w/ Jim Cornette

Another wrestling clinic that would be extremely fun to watch. Imagine Stan Lane and Seth Rollins matching up in the ring. Bobby Eaton and Dean Ambrose trading punches and battling outside the ring. Jimmy Cornette eating a “Superman Punch” from Reigns when he tries to get involved. The match would be so much fun with a mixture of pure wrestling, lots of double and triple-teaming and Cornette having tantrum after tantrum on the sidelines. The weak point here, for me, is Dennis Condrey, who is a fantastic wrestler, but in this match, seems the odd man out. The match would be great, but in the end, I think Condrey would take a “Dirty Deeds” from Ambrose and end up doing the J.O.B.

Winners: The Shield

The Shield versus Demolition (Ax, Smash, Crush) w/ Mr. Fuji

Nothing pretty to see here, but just smash, bang crash and kicking ass on both parts. Against the Demolition team, The Shield would not have their usual power or team advantage, but would instead be at a disadvantage. I think I’d even give Demolition the edge with power and strength, not to mention that having their manager, Mr. Fuji at ringside, would be a big advantage too. The Shield are faster though and better all-around wrestlers in my opinion. This one could easily go either way and it would not be an upset or a surprise, but since it’s my choice here, I’ll go with Demolition. Any team led by Bill Eadie, aka “Ax” aka “The Masked Superstar” in an earlier identity, will always have the edge in my opinion.

Winners: Demolition

The Shield versus Dusty Rhodes & The Road Warriors

The Shield taking on argulably the greatest tag team of the 80’s and early 90’s and their NWA Six-Man Tag Team Champion partner, former three-time NWA World Champion Dusty Rhodes. It’s interesting to note that Dusty played a big role in helping out the three Shield members while they were in NXT to develop and mold their current characters and who they are today. This would be a contrast in styles and a fun match to see. The Road Warriors would depend on their power game and while Roman could easily match up against them, I don’t think Seth or Dean would do quite as well. Dusty wasn’t a great wrestler really, but he was a never-say-die type, much like Ambrose and is nearly impossible to beat. I think the Shield works together better as a unit and a team than Dusty did with the Warriors, Dusty being more of a singles guy than a team player. It would be one hell of a brawl and they would go all over the arena in battle, but in the end, I think we’d see The Shield come out on top in this one after some miscommunication between Dusty and the Warriors.

Winners: The Shield

The Shield versus Kevin, David and Kerry Von Erich

The Von Erich’s were good wrestlers and made a good team but outside of Texas and World Class, were they really all that much. David was arguably the best of the bunch, but passed away before he could really begin to peak. Kevin was really good, but his heart wasn’t in it as much as the others, it seems and there were times that, to me, he just looked as if he was going through the motions. Kerry was a physical freak and had the look, but didn’t work well on the fly and despite some success in the WWF and AWA, was limited in that ring. I think this would be a good match, but the final outcome isn’t really any surprise. The Shield wins after about twenty-five minutes of action.

Winners: The Shield

The Shield versus The Russians (Ivan Koloff, Nikita Koloff, Krusher Kruschev)

For me, this would be one of the best and most fun matches to see. I had the chance to see The Russians wrestle, as both singles and in tag team action many times as a younger man and they were way under-rated and damn good. Nikita was pure power and a beast to witness live. Ivan Koloff was a mixture of power and as he got older, sneakiness and shenanigans as one would expect from a wily veteran and great champion. And Krusher Kruschev, who by the way, was also part of Demolition as “Smash”, was a raw talent in that ring who was still green, but getting better all the time and improved with every match. Of all of the teams I’ve mentioned, this would be the match that would, from an in-ring point, steal the show the most. The Shield would be in for the fight of their lives and it’d be interesting to see how they would go against this strong Russian team. In the end, the Shield would win because Ivan and the others were foreign heels and never won the big matches due to politics, but it would still be a match for the ages and I think Ivan, Nikita and Krusher would take Roman, Dean and Seth to school and give them a wrestling lesson they’d never forget before taking it home and doing the J.O.B.

Winners: The Shield

The Shield versus The bWo (Stevie Richards, Blue Meanie, Nova)

I love Stevie, Meanie and Nova, but this match wouldn’t last long and the final outcome isn’t going to surprise anyone. Stevie and the others deserve better, but in the end, three words for the bWo. “You’re getting beat!”.

Winners: The Shield

The Shield versus The nWo (Hulk Hogan, Scott Hall, Kevin Nash)

And now, here we are with the main event of the evening as Roman, Ambrose and Seth take on the team of The Outsiders, Hall and Nash and the Immortal Hulk Hogan, aka the nWo. Though the match looks good on paper, I don’t really think it would live up to the hype as an in-ring event. The Shield are a team and work as a team. Hogan and Nash are and have always been more about themselves than ever really working as or being a team and only Scott Hall would be able to really just get in that ring and match up well with any of the Shield guys. The hype would be great. The match would suck and without help from outside forces, it would quickly be one-sided and turn into a fiasco. Shield wins and Scott Hall takes the pin since he’s the only one who didn’t let the ego over-power the wrestling from the nWo team.

Winners: The Shield

And there you have it. The Shield wins the vast majority of the matches and I’m surprised at that, but when push comes to shove, they are a good and strong unit and can get it done in that ring. I’m not a big fan of the Shield or even of the guys as singles, but I know talent when I see it and these men have the talent and are the future of the WWE and sports-entertainment and I guess that’s all that really matters in the long run.

So what do you think of these match-ups and the results? Am I right? Am I crazy? Comments and thoughts are welcome and appreciated. Let me know how you would have matched these teams up and who do you think should have won? Comment here or talk to me at And with that, I’m out of here. It’s late and I still have a few other things to do before I go to bed. Thank you for reading and I’ll catch you on the flip side. Until the next time, take care.


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