The one big story WWE fans are talking about is the Seth Rollins heel turn, and rightfully so as it was one of the more surprising decisions in a very long time.
The heel turn itself proved to be successful, it got people talking and even a week on people are still wondering why Seth Rollins did what he did.
But more importantly, fans are wondering what the future holds for The Shield. A group which once consisted of three NXT talents – two of which were very successful on the independent scene and one relatively unknown superstar in Roman Reigns.
Since their debut they have grown into mature superstars who have played an integral role in the success of the WWE in the last year or so. Now that Rollins is not a member of The Shield, what does the WWE have in store for The Shield, and for us as fans?
WWE.com have already released a poll on potential new members of The Shield, but that shows that the superstars they have mentioned probably won’t be the new member as they wouldn’t give away any plans following the spoilers the WWE magazine provided.
This already rules out superstars such as Big E. and even John Morrison; superstars fans don’t think would join in the first place.
Here are the six superstars who I believe should be considered for the third spot.
If there is a potential third member of The Shield, I fully believe it needs to be an NXT superstar; if you don’t watch NXT then I recommend that you start immediately as this is where the likes of The Shield formed; imagine the talent competing there right now. Nevertheless Graves is often classed as a ‘poor man’s CM Punk’ but that’s not true. He is a fantastic wrestler and that was highlighted on the independent scene during his days as Sterling James Keenan.
The key thing about Corey Graves is that he has a rugged, rough look which would suit The Shield, not only that but he can talk on the microphone, to a level which is required because there are three members who share the workload.
He made his debut in 2000, he has 14 years of experience so he isn’t a slouch, and he is possibly one of three superstars on NXT ready to compete on the main roster tomorrow if he was asked. He has worked on house shows for the main roster so you cannot rule it out just yet.
Adrian Neville is another brilliant wrester; perhaps better than Corey Graves and just like Graves, made a name for himself on the independent scene as PAC. He looks like a heavyweight and moves like a cruiserweight and that style is something which suits The Shield a lot, he won’t be too similar to Reigns or Ambrose and it is the difference in styles which has made The Shield so popular.
Whether he will drop the NXT Championship; who knows. But is he ready for a move? Definitely. He has the look, the wrestling background and the fan base to remain a popular choice.
Sami Zayn is my pick as the third Shield member to replace Seth Rollins, not because he is a favourite of mine; because he simply is that good. He is a brilliant wrestler, the fans love him and he can talk on a microphone. If there was a direct replacement you were looking to replace Rollins with; Sami Zayn is your man.
He has had multiple chances to capture the NXT Championship and he has failed time and time again, not to say he is bad; but I believe this is being done for a reason. I don’t think he will ever capture the NXT Championship, but I believe he will make his debut on the main roster very soon, and I wouldn’t rule out replacing Rollins in The Shield, he certainly has the credentials to succeed in the role.
The trend so far with Graves, Neville and Zayn is that they are all still NXT superstars; and they have had a lot of success on the independent circuit; just like Seth Rollins. My personal preference would be to have somebody who has a similar background, and is on NXT right now. If not then my next choice would be…
Don’t laugh just yet, Brad Maddox isn’t just a comedic character we are usually used to; he actually is a great wrestler which is something most fans don’t recognise. He can work inside the ring and I don’t need to remind you how great he is on the microphone.
Most importantly, he has a reason to join The Shield; he was recently fired from his role as General Manager of Monday Night Raw after playing a role in The Shield accompanying Seth Rollins in a match against Batista. He has a reason to get his own back on Triple H; and he isn’t a leader and that is another key thing. He can work, he has a good look and he can talk. He is still under contract for a reason.
My final choice is somebody who already has the experience of working in a group, and ca do it well once more.
How can fans be so confident that Seth Rollins has left The Shield for good? He is still wearing the attire, he hasn’t exactly said why he has left The Shield; how do we know that he hasn’t just taken Triple H’s side to bring Evolution down from the inside? It is a possibility.
I can see Rollins re-joining The Shield once he helps bring down Evolution, whether it happens remains to be seen.
Other names have been tossed around which do make sense in different ways, such as CM Punk if he makes an unlikely return. Again, my decision would be to appoint somebody who has made an impact on NXT.
WWE fans – what do you think? Agree or disagree with my choices for potential Shield members? Let me know in the comments section below and come discuss all things WWE with me on Twitter @RazK28.
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