In his new book, MOX, former WWE Shield member Jon Moxley, who at the time called himself Dean Ambrose, wanted to tell his fans something special about the stable and John Cena. The man described how the Shield should have lost for the first time to John Cena, Ryback and Sheamus at Elimination Chamber 2013.
Dean Ambrose, Roman Reigns and Seth Rollins shared their concerns with WWE President Vince McMahon, who has agreed to change the result. "If [we] went out there with Cena and took the f***in’ schmootz and got pinned like everybody else, we would then become everybody else.
It would kill us. I remember...being in the car with an uneasy feeling in my stomach. ‘I ain’t f***ing doing it,’ I said. ‘Whether they fire us or we get Cena’d and killed off...we’re dead either way,'" Moxley said.
Jon Moxley thought the Shield's credibility would suffer if they became another group of young stars who lost to John Cena. Three years earlier, another disreputable faction, the famous Nexus, never recovered after Cena's team defeated them at Summerslam 2010.
When Jon Moxley put his foot down
Luckily Vince changed his mind and the Shield didn't lose to Cena, but a few months later they were still defeated in a six-man tag team match, in 2013, against the trio of Daniel Bryan, Kane and Randy Orton.
Moxley also pointed out that the three often opposed the ideas of the creative team, exposing their idea of how to improve things so as not to ruin their status, which has always been very high as a group. "We would go on a long undefeated streak in six-man tags.
The writers kept trying to beat us. We refused time after time, standing our ground together. It got downright awkward sometimes, but we had strength in solidarity. We knew the equity in what we had built and were not willing to give it away," Jon Moxley added.