When three rogue developmental wrestlers clad in SWAT team attire made a surprise WWE debut at last month’s Survivor Series — and committed many subsequent sneak attacks on Raw — it signaled a compelling new twist in the main event picture. Well, new-ish anyway, given the similarities to the original NEXUS angle. Dean Ambrose, Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns, under the collective moniker The Shield, have injected some spark and intrigue into WWE programming, as their motives and affiliations remain unclear. Little is known about what they want, or how they intend to get it. In order to shed some light on these shadowy characters, we’ve compiled a list of factoids about the members of The Shield. For the sake of clarity, we’ll refer to them primarily by their current ring names.

12. Dean Ambrose wrestled his first WWE matches in 2006 — a tag match against MNM (Joey Mercury and Johnny Nitro), and then in a handicap match against the Big Show. It was a discouraging experience: “WWE is where most of the money is so everyone has thoughts of getting there,” he told SLAM! Wrestling. “But I get the feeling in WWE you kinda have to be an asshole, an ass-kisser or be able to shut your mouth and tolerate those types. I couldn’t do either.”

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