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

Nov. 18, 2012: The hunt begins for The Hounds of Justice

Ryback’s impressive rookie campaign put the rampaging brute mere moments away from winning his first WWE Title in a Triple Threat Match at Survivor Series. With champion CM Punk knocked out on the ring apron, Ryback only needed to pin a Shell Shocked John Cena to clinch the extraordinary achievement just seven months after his WWE debut.

Revisit The Shield's shocking debut | Survivor Series 2012 photos

Unfortunately, three invaders quickly outnumbered the young challenger. The trio — recognized by Michael Cole as NXT competitors Roman Reigns, Dean Ambrose & Seth Rollins — ended Ryback’s championship aspirations by putting him through the announce table with a bone-jarring three-man powerbomb. Their actions granted Punk enough time to regain his composure and pin Cena, thus ensuring The Straight Edge Superstar would remain WWE Champion.

The last word
 “We are a ‘Shield’ from injustice in WWE.” — Seth Rollins, explaining what motivated Ambrose, Rollins & himself to start their onslaught at Survivor Series (Raw, Nov. 26, 2012