The SHIELD is Back in WWE
History of The SHIELD
June 2, 2014, “The chair shot heard around the world.” With one swift motion, Seth Rollins destroyed his creation, and perhaps the greatest faction to ever walk the halls of WWE, the Shield. It was a shock. The group was at its absolute peak at the time, having just dominated Evolution during the last two WWE pay-per-views, but “all good things come to an end,” and so did the Shield. Since the breakup, Seth Rollins, Dean Ambrose, and Roman Reigns have all gone on to have great success as singles competitors. All three men have held the WWE Championship, and all three have been vital members of WWE’s roster.
No matter how much time went by though, and no matter who the three men feuded with, they were always drawn back to each other. The first time all three won the WWE Championship, it was by defeating another member of the Shield. Rollins pinned Reigns, Reigns pinned Ambrose, and Ambrose pinned Rollins. It’s been a beautifully told story throughout, and it’s finally reached the part we’ve all been patiently waiting for, the reunion.
What’s Next for The SHIELD?
It was always clear that the Shield would reunite one day. Everyone had their theory of how it would happen, and who they would feud against next. I was always a proponent of having them feud against AJ Styles and the Club, but that naturally didn’t happen. The way WWE chose to book the reunion might’ve seemed like a letdown on paper. After all, the MIz, Sheamus & Cesaro, Bruan Strowman, and Kane have no real tie to each other or the Shield, but so far it’s worked. Maybe it’s just the high of having the Shield back, perhaps the Miz is just that good on the mic, or maybe the formula never changed. Shield + any combination of WWE superstars= awesomeness.
My question is, what will happen to the “Hounds of Justice” once TLC has come and gone? Is WWE going to keep Raw’s top 3 performers in a faction? Will the Miz find new tag team partners and issue another challenge to the Shield? If the Shield ends up breaking up again, will Seth Rollins be a repeat offender? Or will one of his other Shield mates get their hands dirty?
Same Shield Story…Different Culprit?
As much as we all hated the fact that they had to break up in the first place, their initial break up ranks right up there with any team break up in wrestling history. Nobody saw it coming, and nobody had Seth Rollins being the one to defect from the group. Can WWE duplicate that success? I say they can, but only if they dare to turn Roman Reigns heel. I’m sure WWE is sick of hearing the plea from fans to turn Roman heel, but if there was ever a time to do it, it’s now. If Roman turns on his two Shield brothers, his level of heat would instantly skyrocket.
The most hated man in pro wrestling would become even more hated, except this time we’d all have a reason for hating him. Seth Rollins’ betrayal and subsequent heel run made him the most despised heel in WWE, but weirdly it also made fans reluctantly respect him. If WWE would steer into the skid and turn Roman heel, they might be able to rehabilitate his character, and finally, cash in on his great potential. The ball is in Vince McMahon’s court now.
For as many storylines as WWE has botched over the years, it’s moments like the Shield reunion that reminds fans why we tune in week after week. There is no telling where we’re going from here. Things could take a turn for the worse. WWE could somehow find a way to ruin the Shield, but for now, we’ve all got what we wanted. Ambrose, Rollins, and Reigns, in combat gear, coming through the crowd, together, to the familiar sound of ” Sierra. Hotel. India. Echo. Lima. Delta…SHIELD!”
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