Great invasions in sports-entertainment history

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November 28, 2012

WWE is under attack … sort of.

Technically, “The Shield” — NXT standouts Dean Ambrose, Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns — don’t see themselves as renegades, invaders or mercenaries of any kind, and they’re not here to simply attack anyone. According to the three, they are simply purveyors and protectors of justice in a WWE that has long since lost its moral compass. Their goal is to right wrongs, not cause chaos. But chaos is what they’ve left in their two short weeks since storming into Survivor Series and powerbombing Ryback through a table.

While The Shield’s true motives and allegiance remains foggy at best, though, it’s tough to ignore the similarities between their forcible foray into the world of WWE from the outside. WWE has been subject to invasions, attacks and sieges from almost every vengeful outsider the WWE Universe can dream up, from rookies to rivals to everything in between. But WWE has also been on the other side of the fence as well, sending troops out into enemy territory to expand its own borders and lay claim to vulnerable corners of the sports-entertainment landscape.

In other words, it’s a tough world out there and only the strong survive. As The Shield continues its vicious incursion, WWE.com counts down some of the most memorable invasions in wrestling history, from the brutal to the bizarre to the downright extreme.

We think, given the circumstances, we’ll begin with an invasion that a group of NXT veterans can probably appreciate.

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