I was watching a documentary on Netflix not too long ago, titled "How Beer Saved The World."
Essentially, it's a full-length feature that tries to prove without a shadow of a doubt, that beer -- and the desire to produce it -- has saved the world on several occasions. Did you know that beer ended child labor? Established modern health care? Built the Pyramids?
While it was equal parts fascinating/preposterous, one thing is for certain: You can travel back to several key points in history and see how the suds were right smack dab in the middle of everything, for better or for worse. And they are still beloved to this day.
That's kinda where I'm at with The Shield.
They no longer exist as a faction, but using that name is the quickest way to reference Dean Ambrose, Seth Rollins, and Roman Reigns, who have managed to do what very few factions before them could, and that's exist independently. There is no "moppy" for any of these "Hounds."
Because they're all terrific in their own way.
While it's still early, the scouting report on their run as singles performers looks promising. And it really couldn't have come at a better time. Reigns facing off with Triple H on Monday Night RAW? Um, yeah. Rollins trying to cash in his magic briefcase and getting thwarted by Ambrose?
There are a couple of grim realities we, as professional wrestling fans, must accept. First and foremost, John Cena is not going away and CM Punk is not coming back. Wouldn't it be nice if it was the other way around? Secondly, Daniel Bryan is out indefinitely.
I've heard "six months" bandied about on various dirt sheets, but let's just say it out loud: Once you start fucking around with your neck -- in a job that requires you to treat your body like a crash test dummy -- you have to be 100-percent certain that all your parts are in working order before climbing back inside the ring.
Don't expect to see "D-Bry" for awhile.
In a world without The Shield, those aforementioned circumstances could have left us with Randy Orton running around with the Money in the Bank (MITB) briefcase, while Big Show played the role of spoiler. It's just not as fun when it takes 15 minutes to get to the ring to break up a match.
What about The Wyatt family?
Well, now that The Shield is forced to follow their own paths, WWE had to look elsewhere for someone to resuscitate Bray Wyatt after he was cast aside by Cena. That person is Chris Jericho, who made a triumphant return (sorta) earlier this week in Connecticut.
The Shield broke those walls down.
I'd even go so far as to say part of the reason The Wyatt Family was able to get over was because of its extended program with The Shield, which gave Bray and Co. a chance to strut their stuff against equally talented performers, like when A-Team faced the SWAT Team in a Small and Deadly War.
So here we are, stuck with John Cena, deprived of CM Punk, and waiting on pins and needles for Daniel Bryan. And you know what? I'm not even that upset about it (or this), because I get to turn on WWE each week and watch The Shield save the world.