Tale of the tape: Ryback & Team Hell No vs. The Shield

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December 13, 2012

Precious little information can be gathered about The Shield, as competitors, from their seemingly random attacks. But, one detail that appears bankable is Roman Reigns is the group’s powerhouse. It is off the shoulders of the former Georgia Tech defensive tackle that Ryback, Randy Orton and other Superstars have been launched onto the canvas and through tables. Fiercely intense, laconic and the least experienced members of their respective teams, Reigns and Ryback are analogous Superstars in the context of Sunday's TLC Match.

Ryback
Height: 6’3”
Weight: 291 lbs.
Hometown: Sin City
Signature moves: Shell Shocked, Boulder Holder, “Meathook” clothesline
Accomplishments: Undefeated for nearly seven months; brought WWE Champion CM Punk to the brink of defeat inside Hell in a Cell; nearly won the WWE Title against Punk and John Cena at Survivor Series
Strengths: Physical power; fearlessness; intensity; massive appetite for competition
Weaknesses: Loner tendencies; inexperience; mat grappling; untested endurance

Roman Reigns
Height: 6’3”
Weight: 265 lbs.
Hometown: Pensacola, Fla.
Signature moves: Powerbomb, leaping clothesline, belly–to–back suplex into a sidewalk slam
Accomplishments: Disrupted the WWE Title Match at Survivor Series; first-team all-Atlantic Coast Conference defensive tackle (2006)
Strengths: Sports-entertainment bloodline; mystique; boldness
Weaknesses: Inexperience; hubris

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