We're just a few weeks away from the six-month anniversary of The Shield.
In words I never thought I would type when they made their WWE debut at Survivor Series last November, Dean Ambrose, Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns will saunter in to this month's Extreme Rules pay-per-view (PPV) event at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis, Missouri, as what I believe to be the top heels in pro wrestling.
That's a spot they took from CM Punk when "The Straight-Edge Superstar" went on sabbatical.
Not only that, they are still undefeated, which is astonishing, because when they first appeared, ranting and raving about the injustices of WWE, my first reaction was, "Oh cool, just get Paul Heyman down here and we'll have this generation's Truth Commission."
My expectations were pretty low.
I'm also cynical enough to believe that these three talents were lumped together in a paint-by-numbers program because the powers-that-be weren't convinced they could make it on their own. Ambrose looks like he should be doing my taxes, Rollins could be selling tickets to a Misfits concert and Reigns reminds me of the bouncer working at my local Buffalo Wild Wings on a Saturday night.
But then those fuckers went a pulled a Voltron, coming together and making their shit work.
That's because they work. Seriously, they have some great chemistry inside the squared circle and each member does something a little different. Ambrose is their starting pitcher, Rollins is middle relief and Reigns, well, he's the closer.
Anyway, I know the day will come when WWE splits them up and I suppose I should be grateful we lasted this long. I know a lot of fans are unhappy with their current direction, but I think we might want to reserve judgement until after the next PPV because I have an inkling something big is in the works (Taker's revenge?).
Or at least something that involves grabbing the gold.
Nevertheless, The Shield will eventually implode and it's not like WWE cares about waiting for the well to run dry. They would probably do it just to
piss off swerve the Internet. But how? Would Reigns be pushed out like Batista was in Evolution?
Or would Ambrose get bounced for losing like Hogan was in the last, pitiful days of the nWo?
I also wouldn't be surprised to see the group balloon up to ridiculous proportions, either. Aside from CM Punk coming out in a beret and declaring himself the leader, it would be just like WWE to staff them with mid-card talent, effectively destroying the chemistry between the three.
I guess the real question is how to develop their characters in the interim, without upsetting the apple cart.
The best bet would be to elevate them outside the ring, like they did with that badass helicopter entrance when RAW was going down across the pond. While they may still need some time to warm up on the stick, little stuff like that goes a long way.
Crushing The Undertaker is another.
There's no telling when -- or how -- The Shield will change the way it does business, but I'd like to lean on the Cageside community and get some insight into this.
Do we break them up, or make them bigger?
If we break them up, then we have to determine who goes face and who stays heel. If we blow them up, then we have to pick the right men for the job.
What say you?