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The Shield reunion was practically three years within the making.
Seth Rollins, Roman Reigns and Dean Ambrose had been driving excessive as soon as once more as The Hounds of Justice and plenty of WWE followers had been extraordinarily pleased to see them again collectively. The most dominant faction in WWE historical past was again and higher than ever.
Fifteen minutes later, their momentum was crushed.
Of all of the potential outcomes revolving across the newly reformed Shield, this was certainly not on followers’ radar. This was speculated to be the second coming of The Shield, the reunion tour that was speculated to result in mbadive issues heading into WrestleMania 34 in 2018.
But as a substitute, all of it appears to be falling aside.
Reigns’ latest medical points have not helped issues any, but that is the place the troubles started. Due to a state of affairs that was out of WWE’s management, the highest man within the firm was placed on the shelf. When that occurred, every part out of the blue went south.
Rollins and Ambrose might have continued as a tag crew, biding their time till Reigns returned. Kurt Angle’s inclusion in the principle occasion at TLC didn’t should occur. Rollins and Ambrose might have sneak attacked every member of the crew they had been to face that evening earlier than the match started, leaving a two-on-two state of affairs ultimately.
In true Shield style, justice would have been served and the percentages would have been evened up.
Of course, that is not what occurred, and Angle did take part within the match. The crew dynamic was totally different, the match was chaotic and Angle gave the impression to be ready for one thing to occur. The followers loved the match, which is in the end a very powerful factor.
But it was simply not the identical with out Reigns. Despite how a lot hate the followers throw his approach, Reigns is an integral a part of The Shield. Without him, it is not the identical faction.
However, essentially the most weird little bit of reserving occurred on November 1 in Glasgow, Scotland. On that evening, Triple H joined Rollins and Ambrose in a six-man tag match throughout a dwell WWE occasion. It was a sight that nobody in attendance possible believed they’d ever see.
It was additionally not what anybody on this aspect of the pond anticipated both.
Triple H, the person who first utilized The Shield as his personal private hitmen, can also be the identical man that tried to destroy them. He seduced Rollins and lured him to The Authority, bringing about The Shield’s implosion. He later tried to sway Reigns as effectively, however to no avail.
Reigns defeated The Game at WrestleMania 32 for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship. Rollins defeated The Game at WrestleMania 33 in an unsanctioned match. In each instances, Hunter was bested by guys he had sworn to tear aside.
Ambrose, who Hunter did defeat, has all the time been an anti-establishment Superstar. He’s been in comparison with Roddy Piper, Brian Pillman and even Stone Cold Steve Austin. Ambrose has no cause to belief The Game, or anybody else even remotely related to the McMahon household.
Considering that each one three Shield members needs to be on the identical web page on the subject of opposing Triple H, why did the match in Scotland occur? If the Angle reserving was off, this one was fully out of left area.
Just when it appeared as if issues couldn’t worsen, Rollins and Ambrose dropped the Raw Tag Team Championships to Sheamus and Cesaro on the November 6 version of Monday Night Raw. The reunited crew that had been on monitor was derailed, and it was a gradual crash certainly.
Now not solely does The Shield now not have championship gold, not one of the three males are booked as a part of Team Angle for the Survivor Series. The Shield is a principal occasion unit, however that is not the way it’s getting used.
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What is WWE’s reasoning behind all of this? Is the corporate simply going with the circulation on the subject of The Hounds of Justice? When Reigns went down, did WWE Creative go down with him?
Common sense appears to don’t have any place right here and The Shield is struggling due to it. Fans need the group to be on high, however that is simply not the case. Reigns’ exit was unlucky and sudden, however nothing has been achieved to proper the ship but.
The Shield is falling aside for the second time.
The three males labored laborious to construct their repute as a gaggle to start with, and the WWE devoted liked them due to it. The respect for the crew was unmatched by anybody else, and The Shield earned its place among the many high stars of the corporate.
They did that by sustaining momentum, which has now been misplaced. Why ought to the followers care about The Shield when it seems that WWE now not does?
As a unit, The Shield continues to be over in order that they technically ought to be capable of rebound from something. They’re nonetheless getting a pop, and the followers nonetheless love them. Reigns will hopefully be again in due time, so The Shield can grow to be a trio as soon as once more. But will it even make a distinction?
Has WWE wasted an excessive amount of time with foolish reserving and ridiculous matches? The Shield ought to nonetheless be red-lhot however they’re now ice chilly. Survivor Series ought to have been The Shield’s evening, however that doesn’t look like taking place now.
Fans should consider in The Shield. But does WWE?
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