The trio of Seth Rollins, Dean Ambrose and Roman Reigns made a huge impact back at the Survivor Series event in 2012, taking out Ryback by putting him through the announcer’s table by hitting a triple powerbomb and allowing CM Punk to retain his WWE Championship.
They only improved since then, and The Shield went on to become one of the most exciting and dominant stables the WWE has produced in recent years.
But based on what CM Punk told Colt Cabana this past week on his Art of Wrestling Podcast, The Shield was his idea and it was stolen.
When the WWE didn’t have a lot for CM Punk the idea was to have CM Punk be the focal point of a heel stable, as the WWE knew that would work because of the incredible amounts of success he had as the leader of The Straight Edge Society alongside Luke Gallows, Serena and Joey Mercury as well as being the leader of The New Nexus; with the likes of David Otunga, Michael McGillicutty and Husky Harris – now Curtis Axel and Bray Wyatt.
With Punk providing a lot of entertainment as the leader of a heel stable, forming a new stable with Punk at the helm was going to be a sure-fire winner but the WWE certainly had some interesting choices for who could join CM Punk in the heel group.
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The ‘big man’ the WWE wanted in the group was The Big Show. As expected CM Punk wasn't too pleased with this choice and although he stated he likes The Big Show he just didn't want to be in a heel stable with him considering they had a high profile feud when Punk was leading The Straight Edge Society.
Daniel Bryan was another superstar they wanted in the group, and although that would have been an interesting addition due to the fact that he had a great relationship with ‘The Dragon’, he felt the two should be kept as far apart as possible similar to Bret Hart and Shawn Michaels.
The final member would have seen an NXT superstar join the group in the form of current Mr. Money in the Bank Seth Rollins. This would have allowed Rollins to pick up tips from the experienced trio and he would be able to showcase his own talent, but CM Punk wasn't happy with the choices, bar the last one in the form of Rollins.
CM PUNK’S CHOICES
CM Punk didn’t want The Big Show or Daniel Bryan, but wanted two other NXT stars to join him and he had picked out Dean Ambrose – who did go on to join The Shield - and he also wanted Chris Hero, who was going by the name Kassius Ohno on NXT.
Those who followed NXT closely and knew everything that was going on knew that NXT was Triple H’s ‘project’ and he wasn’t too happy with Chris Hero and halted his push for his refusal to bulk up and get into better shape, before the WWE eventually released one of the better talents in the entire company.
Even though Punk pushed for Kassius Ohno to join the group, Triple H wasn’t having any of it and shot that idea down, replacing Ohno with the man the WWE picked out to go on and have a successful career, Roman Reigns.
The frustration continued to build for Punk and he had no choice but to stop pushing for Kassius Ohno and he even told Colt how he understood why Roman Reigns was picked, as he knew the WWE had big future plans for him and working alongside Ambrose and Rollins would be vital for to his developmental on his journey to becoming a top star in the WWE.
He voiced his frustration on the podcast as to how The Shield idea was stolen from him, with the original storyline being for The Shield to be hired as CM Punk’s protectors but that didn’t happen.
On the entire episode, CM Punk was highly critical of Triple H , clearly annoyed at The Game as he then took credit for The Shield and said it was his own idea. He was evidently angered by the WWE’s nature of taking somebody else’s idea and branding it their own citing it as one of the many reasons he quit.
WWE fans – what do you make of the original storyline for The Shield? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.