WWE Power Rankings: The Shield shines

Roman Reigns, Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins -- aka The Shield -- could be the future of wrestling. Courtesy of WWE

Who’s next? Next Jordan? Next Gretzky? Name a sport, and for every prospect that shows flashes of promise, fans and media alike compare them to the greatest to have ever played, hoping they’ll be the next ones to take their sport to new heights.

Wrestling fans debate similar topics, wondering when the next wave of special superstars will come to push (and powerbomb) WWE forward, ushering in an era of heated rivalries between talented athletes in the ring and on the mike.

Years from now, I say Elimination Chamber 2013 won’t be remembered for the surprise win of Jack Swagger or the scary dominance of Mark Henry, but as the show in which The Shield showed the wrestling world that they are not only who’s next, they’re the hottest three performers in the industry right now.

Dean Ambrose, Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns proved that they can do more than hang with three of WWE’s most popular stars (John Cena, Sheamus and Ryback) -- they completely stole the show at Sunday night’s pay-per-view, outperforming main eventers The Rock and CM Punk, while showcasing a variety of double- and triple-team moves unseen in recent memory.

Top it off with a shocking ending that saw Reigns obliterate Sheamus through the barricade, then spear Ryback in the middle of a Shell Shock for the win, and you had a night that will be looked back on as the match when The Shield proved they were here to dominate the top of the card for years to come.

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Previous rankings:

Jan. 8, 2013

Jan. 15, 2013

Jan. 22, 2013

Jan. 29, 2013

Feb. 5, 2013

Feb. 12, 2013