This group is comparable to APPLE due to the groups' formations. Simililar to how APPLE formed as a reaction to Corre, Sword formed as a reaction to Shield. While the Shield's theme is "Justice" (they are a "shield against injustice") the Sword's theme is "the Law".
Skip Sheffield was one of the founding members of The Nexus responsibly for attacking John Cena during their Raw debut. Nexus was responsible for helping Sheamus reclaim the WWE Championship (which he had first won by defeating Cena at TLC 2009) by defeating Cena a second time at Fatal 4-Way 2010. Cena later joined the Nexus after Skip was out due to injuries.
Each member has a history of grievances with Shield, starting with Ryback who was attacked by them at a triple-threat match at Survivor Series 2012 (stopping him from breaking Punk's pin on Cena) and he later faced them along with Team Hell No at TLC 2012.
All three members participated in Royal Rumble 2013, where they were the final three participants. Ryback eliminated Sheamus, and then Cena eliminated Ryback to win the Rumble.
Brad Maddox came out on February 4th, calling out the Shield, who beat him up a second time. The shield were then ambushed by Cena, Ryback and Sheamus, who came out of the audience in the same way the Shield does. When Shield members tried to retreat, a large portion of the faces in the roster was blocking the entrance ramp. The Shield eventually managed to get away through the crowds though.
The following week, Cena, Ryback and Sheamus returned, with Cena announcing that they were the Sword to counter the Shield, and that the Sword would be facing the Shield at Elimination Chamber 2013. They then went on to defeat 3MB.
Later that night, the Shield appeared and called out the trio for being unable to beat them the previous week even with the rest of the roster's help. Sword eventually appeared and knocked them all out of the ring, leaving Shield running.
- John Cena's finishing moves
- Sheamus' finishing moves
- Small Package - 2012–present
- White Noise (Running over the shoulder back to belly piledriver) - 2012–present
- Brogue Kick (Bicycle kick) – 2009–present
- High Cross / Pale Justice / Celtic Cross (Running crucifix powerbomb) – 2009–present
- Irish Curse (Side slam backbreaker) – 2009; used as a signature move thereafter.
- ↑ Brad Maddox called out The Shield and was attacked; John Cena, Ryback and Sheamus joined the fight and laid out a challenge
- ↑ EwrestlingNews: WWE RAW Results (2/11) - Heyman 'Quits', Rock Returns! by Ryan Clark 6:47 pm and 411mania: 411's Live WWE Raw Report 2.11.13 by Ken Hill: "Ryback on the mic, and he says the day has come for the Shield. Sheamus tells everyone the Shield is here tonight, and questions why they should wait until Sunday to fight. Cena agrees, says the choice to come here and address everyone was a brave, but stupid one. The Shield meets the Sword, Justice meets the Law, he is Cena, they are Ryback and Sheamus."
- ↑ CageSideSeats: WWE 'Raw' Results and Live Blog for Feb. 11: "Cena cracking up at the boos he is getting as soon as he touches the mic. He says the Shield is bold for promising to come out to the ring tonight. Says that they are the sword and the law."
- ↑ LordsOfPain: WWE Monday Night RAW Results 2/11/13 By Marc Middleton: "Ryback takes the mic and says he will feast on The Shield at Elimination Chamber. Sheamus takes the mic and says he wants to get some justice tonight. Cena is met with some boos but says yes, The Shield will be here tonight. Cena says The Shield will meet the sword tonight."
- ↑ WWEcharacters: Raw Results 02/11/13: "Ryback, Sheamus and Cena each spoke about facing The Shield on Sunday. They said Shield will be in the ring tonight and it will be Shield meets the sword tonight. Cena said if they want some, to come get some."
- ↑ Video: John Cena, Ryback & Sheamus vs. 3MB
- ↑ Article: John Cena, Ryback & Sheamus def. 3MB
- ↑ Video: The Shield calls out John Cena, Ryback and Sheamus
- ↑ Article: John Cena, Ryback & Sheamus attacked The Shield