A year of The Shield: 365 days on the trail of The Hounds of Justice

No one knew the names of Dean Ambrose, Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns one year ago. Now, just uttering “Sierra, Hotel, India, Echo, Lima, Delta” — the NATO phonetic alphabet spelling of The Shield — can make any Superstar cower in fear.

While fighting to promote their depraved version of justice, The Shield achieved what few, if any, competitors experience in their careers — let alone their rookie campaigns in WWE. Ambrose, Rollins & Reigns seized the US and WWE Tag Team Titles. They decimated legends of the squared circle, including many active and former WWE Champions. And they show no signs of stopping.

One year after their controversial debut at Survivor Series 2012, The Shield’s results proved far more effective than anyone in the WWE Universe ever imagined. From influencing the historical course of the WWE Championship to the epic dismantling of a phenomenal Superstar, take a look at 10 moments from a debut year in WWE that successfully transformed three NXT upstarts into The Hounds of Justice.