The bout itself was terrific, serving as one of the highlights of the show. Dean Ambrose, Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns once again churned out great performances, with Cena, Sheamus and Ryback more than holding their own.
It's difficult to pinpoint the best part of such a superb match, but the jaw-dropping moment in which Reigns speared Sheamus straight through the barricade may be it.
The finishing sequence was amazingly dramatic, too, with Ryback on the verge of hitting the Shell Shock finisher on Rollins before Reigns interfered. Rollins then capitalized and pinned the monster babyface for the one-two-three.
The match was also greatly aided by the very vocal crowd in New Orleans, who went absolutely crazy for every exchange.
Anyone who had any worries that the Shield angle had slowed down in recent weeks will have been heartened by the reaction here. People are still giving them star-worthy reactions.
So, after this victory, what is next for the group?
Well, first of all, their program with Cena, Sheamus and Ryback may not be over just yet.
In fact, going by the looks of disgust and fury from the babyfaces after the bout ended, there will almost certainly be some sort of followup on Raw tomorrow night. Maybe Ryback will actively seek revenge, having been personally foiled by The Shield three times now.
Hey, maybe he'll even shock the world and join the group, turning heel. If you can't beat them, join them, right?
It's also possible that Ambrose, Rollins and Reign will move on from this and return to the Paul Heyman/Brad Maddox/CM Punk storyline, which has been picking up steam in recent weeks.
Regardless of their storyline direction, it is clear that management has a great deal of faith in them and they will continue to be used in a high-profile role in the future.
Hey, the three managed to get a win against the three top babyfaces in the company, including the usually invincible Cena. That means something.
Any fears of them turning into Nexus (a heel group that thrived for several months before losing its credibility in several high-profile losses) were extinguished tonight.
The company is going all the way with them, as this victory proves.
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