25th Apr2019

‘WWE: The Shield’s Final Chapter’ Review

by Nathan Favel

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Welcome to this review of The Shield’s Final Chapter, right here on Nerdly. I’m Nathan Favel and we have the final WWE match of The Shield, as well as the finale of Dean Ambrose’s WWE career. Let’s see if it all goes to plan for Dean Ambrose, or Jon Moxley as he will be called, once again, if he wrestles any-where else. It’s time for the final chapter.

Match #1: Finn Bálor def. Elias in an Intercontinental Championship Match

The following is courtesy of wwe.com:

In the opening moments of the WWE Network special event, Elias took center stage with his guitar, belittling each member of the Shield and still clearly fuming over the earth-shattering SmackDown LIVE assault by Reigns on both he and WWE Chairman Mr. McMahon. Although Elias’ pre-match musical performance turned into a surprise duet with the addition of his scheduled opponent, Intercontinental Champion Finn Bálor, the concert was unceremoniously canceled when the titleholder changed the words of the song to insult Elias. As a result, the offended challenger quickly changed things from musical harmony into all-out mayhem. Despite Elias initiating the attack before the bell, the resilient Bálor roared back in their subsequent Intercontinental Title Match and managed to overcome the strumming opponent with a quick, yet effective pinfall.

My Opinion: 2.5 out of 5 – This was a bit dull, but Finn won, so that ought to get you over the hump of watching another Elias match. Elias ain’t the worst, but he needs a lot of work. Finn is great and this match was enough to celebrate his talent.

Match #2: Bayley & Ember Moon def. Ruby Riott & Sarah Logan of The Riott Squad

The following is courtesy of wwe.com:

In the closing moments of an explosive tag team showdown that would mark The Riott Squad’s final match together following the events of the 2019 Superstar Shake-up, Bayley & Moon ultimately reigned supreme over Ruby Riott & Sarah Logan. When Liv Morgan attempted to interfere in the match and was ejected from ringside, the distraction paved the way for Moon to hit the Eclipse on Riott for the huge victory.

My Opinion: 2.5 out of 5 – As the last match of the Riott Squad, this was a decent way to end that tandem.

Match #3: (Main Event) The Shield def. Drew McIntyre, Baron Corbin & Bobby Lashley in a Six-Man Tag Team Match

The following is courtesy of wwe.com:

In the final ride of The Hounds of Justice, Universal Champion Seth Rollins, Roman Reigns & Dean Ambrose made their classic entrance from the crowd and joined forces one more time to battle the dangerous trio of Drew McIntyre, Baron Corbin & Bobby Lashley. In the height of the action, after Reigns hit the Spear on Lashley, Rollins burned it down with the stomp on McIntyre and Ambrose hit Dirty Deeds on Corbin, The Shield came together in the ring to execute the Triple Powerbomb and scored the three-count heard around the world. As the dust cleared on the historic contest, The Shield addressed the WWE Universe and put their three fists together once again in a highly-emotional send-off for the groundbreaking faction.

My Opinion: 3 out of 5 – This was a fine way for this great trio to go out on, beating the piss out of the heels to give everybody what they want… a happy ending.

Final Verdict: 3.5/5

This show was built around the finale of The Shield and of Dean Ambrose, which carried it all the way to the finish line. This was excellent stuff and just what Dean Ambrose/Jon Moxley deserved. It feels good to start saying his real wrestling name again. Congratulations Dean and keep kicking ass.

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