The Protect made their WWE debut as CM Punk’s employed assist means again at Survivor Sequence 2012. The trio of Roman Reigns, Dean Ambrose, and Seth Rollins helped the Second Metropolis Saint retain his WWE Championship in a triple-threat match in opposition to Ryback and John Cena.
Again when Punk was nonetheless associates with Colt Cabana, he spoke about The Protect’s WWE origins on Cabana’s Art of Wrestling podcast. The previous WWE Champion mentioned he was pitched to kind a heel secure with Huge Present and Daniel Bryan, however as a substitute selected to construct his personal group.
“This may in all probability blow some folks’s minds, after which some folks might be like, ‘Oh, you’re stuffed with s***!’ however I don’t f***ing care both means: The Protect was my thought,” Punk mentioned. “What occurred was, at the moment [in WWE] the top author was Eric Pankowski. He known as me up in the future and he was like, ‘Okay, uh, no person is aware of you’re going to show heel however we need to stick a secure with you.” (h/t ProWrestlingStories)
Punk mentioned he approached Vince McMahon and Triple H along with his personal model of the group: Seth Rollins, Dean Ambrose, and Kassius Ohno (aka Chris Hero). Whereas Vince agreed with the primary two picks, he wasn’t very excessive on Ohno and informed the Chicago native he needed Roman Reigns to be the third member.
“They needed Roman Reigns,” Punk recalled. “They got here to me, and so they have been like, ‘What about Leakee?’ I didn’t… it wasn’t my hill to die on. I mentioned, ‘Certain,’ as a result of it made sense to me. Oh, they need their man in, he’s the gorgeous man, however that’s good as a result of this man can study from working below me.”
All members of The Protect turned world champions in WWE
The Protect is extensively thought-about to be one of many biggest WWE stables of all time, with every turning into a world champion in Vince McMahon’s promotion. Seth Rollins was the primary member of the secure to style world title gold. The Architect received the WWE Championship after his “heist of the century” at WrestleMania 31.
Roman Reigns, who was at all times seen because the poster boy of the group, received his first world title after beating Dean Ambrose at Survivor Sequence 2015. The second, nonetheless, didn’t final lengthy as Sheamus cashed in his Cash within the Financial institution contract minutes after the match to seize the title.
For Dean Ambrose, the title win got here just a little later. The Lunatic Fringe received the WWE Championship by cashing in his Cash within the Financial institution contract in opposition to Seth Rollins on the 2016 Cash within the Financial institution premium reside occasion.
It was an evening when each member of the group held the world title.
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