Jon Moxley: The Shield May Be The Last Big Act In WWE From The Old Way Of Doing Things
The Shield debuted in WWE in November 2012
Jon Moxley says The Shield could be the final, big act to debut on WWE television that did so in 'the old way', prior to WWE NXT.
Moxley, then known as Dean Ambrose, debuted on WWE at Survivor Series 2012, forming The Shield with Roman Reigns and Seth Rollins, attacking Ryback in his match for the WWE Championship with John Cena and CM Punk.
The Shield were an unknown quality heading into the WWE main roster and only a few people knew who there were, with NXT now a more internationally recognised platform.
Speaking to Metro, when asked if he believed WWE could have a debut like The Shield's again in that they were an unknown commodity, Moxley said: "Anything could work. I mean, it’s different because you’re a known commodity on NXT now, whereas when we came in we were complete nobodies. So, there’s a benefit to that.
"On the one hand, nobody knows who you are, but on the other hand, you have a completely fresh slate, you’re a complete mystery. You can come right in and starting whooping whoever’s ass you want!
"The Shield might be the last big act that came from that old way of doing things before NXT really. You can do anything with anybody if you commit to them. The problem is – it doesn’t matter if they’re on NXT, if people know who they are or they don’t. If somebody’s getting over, you’re giving them the opportunity to get over, you’ve gotta actually follow through on pushing a guy or girl.
"It doesn’t really matter where they came from! That could definitely happen again, it’s just they gotta follow through with it all the way!"