Seth went back to The Shield (Picture: WWE)
WWE superstar Seth Rollins returned to his Shield roots to play mind games with Roman Reigns at the Royal Rumble.
The two stars have plenty of history together as part of the legendary three man group alongside Dean Ambrose – now working as Jon Moxley in AEW – and the Visionary tapped into their past on Saturday night.
The Tribal Chief – who seemed rattled on Friday night when his former partner brought up their faction – made his way to the ring first as their Universal Championship clash opened up the Rumble event.
The fans in St. Louis roared their approval as The Shield’s music hit, followed by the familiar scene of Rollins making his way to the ring from the top of the stands.
Roman looked unimpressed as Seth wore the group’s trademark riot gear, adding another layer to his tactics.
In the end, Reigns retained the gold as he refused to break the guillotine despite Rollins getting to the ropes.
The Shield made waves in the industry when Moxley (as Dean Ambrose) – alongside Roman Reigns and Seth Rollins – broke onto the scene at Survivor Series in 2012.
It was a different time for WWE with Florida Championship Wrestling – a precursor to NXT – acting as more of a developmental league where rising stars would hone their craft and character.
NXT 2.0 is shifting back in that direction, with the likes of Bron Breakker getting spots on TV each week as they improve their skills.
Asked earlier this year whether they could still produce something like The Shield to make a splash on Raw or SmackDown, Moxley exclusively told Metro.co.uk: ‘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!’