As my main man Geno Mrosko broke down in his review of the Oct. 2 Raw, WWE is clearly focused on getting The Shield reunited to headline TLC - a show which won’t feature Universal champion Brock Lesnar or John Cena - and they’re not too terribly worried about the details.
And, as Geno also pointed out, most of us fans are probably excited enough about seeing The Hounds of Justice back together that we’re not going to sweat the small stuff. We’re talking about one of the most consistently entertaining and well booked acts in recent WWE history. Hell, you could argue you don’t even need the word “recent” in there when talking about Dean Ambrose, Roman Reigns and Seth Rollins as a trio.
Creative is giving itself an opportunity to explain one of the big unanswered questions from this past Monday, however. Having Seth and Dean’s archrivals Cesaro and Sheamus attack Roman adds another tie between the brothers’ current storylines, just as Ambrose and Rollins suddenly beefing with Reigns’ mortal enemy Braun Strowman does. But WWE did give us a reason why The Lunatic Fringe would pick a fight with Braun (HE’S CRAZY, MAGGLE), and an in-character explanation for how that would inspire The Kingslayer to follow suit.
Now we’ll see if they do the same with The Bar’s sudden alliance with Miz.
They opted to not really tackle the issue in the above fallout video, unless you count The Celtic Warrior spouting off the former tag champs’ catch phrase as justification for all their actions. Actually, I’d probably accept that... but they’re also being advertised for Miz TV next Monday, and I can think of a few better rationales for this team-up:
- Sheamus’ Hollywood career hasn’t taken off like he hoped after his turn as Rocksteady in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows, and Miz promised to introduce him to his agent.
- Cesaro is jealous of Roman’s hair. Or his push. Or his teeth.
- The Irishman’s lingering resentment from his late 2015 - early 2016 WWE title feud with Reigns... scratch that, I don’t think any of us want to revisit The League of Nations.
- They’re hoping to get closer to Curtis Axel and Bo Dallas in order to hear more stories about their dads and granddads.
- The Bar are also big Shield fans, and were willing to try anything to force a reunion.
Jokes aside, it’s worth asking if WWE even needs to offer an explanation besides “it’s a wrestling show”. Attacking the dudes with titles, or who get to call the whole ring their “yard” is kind of expected.
Let us know what you think below, Cagesiders.