After toppling Evolution in a wild brawl that had a raucous capacity crowd shouting “This is awesome!” at Extreme Rules, The Shield will have another opportunity to prove themselves when they meet Triple H, Randy Orton & Batista at WWE Payback in the ultimate battle of attrition: a No Holds Barred Elimination Match.
Unlike at Extreme Rules, the match on Sunday, June 1, won’t end after a single fall. To win the contest, one team will have to eliminate all three members of the opposing side. Given the format, it’s entirely possible the six-Superstar match will turn into a lopsided affair, and with no holds barred, disqualifications will not be an option. The additional stipulations were announced on the Raw Pre-Show on May 19.
Since their watershed victory over Evolution, Roman Reigns, Seth Rollins & Dean Ambrose have found themselves placed into one disadvantageous situation after another. On the May 5 edition of Raw, then-U.S. Champion Ambrose lost the champion’s advantage when Triple H forced him to defend the title in a 20-Superstar Battle Royal. Sheamus eventually won, ending The Lunatic Fringe’s 351-day title reign. Later that same night, Evolution dealt The Shield a brutal beatdown following The Hounds of Justice’s intense match against The Wyatt Family.
At WWE Payback, both teams’ stamina, vigor and strength — not to mention unity — will be put to the test in a match that’s survival of the fittest. Triple H says Evolution, unlike their opponents, knows what it takes to win a war. Will the terrorizing triumvirate of The King of Kings, The Viper and The Animal defeat in detail and employ a divide-and-conquer strategy to upend The Hounds of Justice? Or will The Shield beat Evolution at their own game, scoring payback for Evolution’s sneak attacks and Triple H’s heavy-handed authority?