The Shield get beaten up and The Rock floors John Laurinaitis
Last Updated: 01/04/13 6:34pm
Big Show, Orton and Sheamus celebrate after forcing The Shield to run away
Sheamus, Randy Orton and Big Show have had their differences of late - but showed how well they could function as a unit on the latest edition of WWE Smackdown in Hershey, Pennsylvania.
The former world champions, who will combine to take on The Shield at WrestleMania 29 on Sunday evening in New Jersey, defeated Team Rhodes Scholars and United States Champion Antonio Cesaro in a six-man tag team match.
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Shield members Dean Ambrose, Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns attempted to launch an attack seconds after Sheamus had pinned Cody Rhodes, but The Celtic Warrior, The Viper and The World's Largest Athlete were not fazed.
The newly-moulded group surged into the crowd to meet their WrestleMania adversaries head on, dishing out a comprehensive beating to the former NXT renegades and forcing them to flee from danger.
Elsewhere, WWE Champion The Rock, who will put his belt on the line at against John Cena at 'Mania, hit John Lauriniatis with a Spinebuster and a People's Elbow following the ex-Raw and Smackdown general manager's decision to interrupt his speech to the WWE Universe.
Chris Jericho bested Intercontinental Champion Wade Barrett in a non-title match after the Brit was distracted by WrestleMania foe The Miz; while Paul Heyman told Josh Matthews why Triple H's career, both inside and outside of the ring, would soon be in tatters.
Mark Henry and Ryback, meanwhile, competed in a bench-press challenge, but after both men had set new records by achieving 53 repetitions, the World's Strongest Man dropped the weight-laden bar onto the Sin City powerhouse.
Plus, World Heavyweight Champion Alberto Del Rio assaulted Jack Swagger, the man he will defend his strap against at MetLife Stadium on Sunday; and Kaitlyn and Daniel Bryan knocked off AJ Lee and Dolph Ziggler in a mixed tag team bout.
WrestleMania booking details
WrestleMania 29 will be shown on Sky Sports Box Office (channel 743) and in high definition on Sky Box Office HD (channel 752) at midnight on Sunday, April 7 (Mon morning).
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