This Sunday at WWE’s Payback pay-per-view, we are going to be seeing a Shield reunion of sorts as WWE World Heavyweight Champion Seth Rollins is set to defend against not only Randy Orton, but also, his former Shield brothers Roman Reigns and Dean Ambrose.
Since the addition of “The Lunatic Fringe” Dean Ambrose, the wrestling world’s rumor mill has been churning insanely about a possible Shield reunion.
It is no secret that since their break up, Dean Ambrose and Roman Reigns still call each other friend and still call Seth Rollins “little brother.” Meanwhile, Seth still clings to the story that states he was the creator and destroyer of professional wrestlings hottest and most popular faction.
Fans have wanted a Shield reunion since the split, citing that The Shield was the best thing to happen to wrestling since the N.W.O. or Degeneration X. And many wrestling scholars agree.
Since their breakup, however, all three have gone on to work amazing matches. Dean Ambrose main evented most of 2014’s best matches with Bray Wyatt, Seth Rollins, and worked phenomenal matches early this year culminating at WrestleMania 31 in the ladder match that started the crazy feud with Luke Harper.
Meanwhile, Seth Rollins in 2014 became Mr. Money In The Bank, got his own security team (J and J Security), had incredible matches with John Cena, and inevitably cashed in his briefcase at 'Mania and became World Heavyweight Champion when he pinned Roman Reigns.
Roman Reigns had a great 2014 himself. He was named Superstar of the Year, had brutal matches against The Big Show, won the 2015 Royal Rumble and had an incredible match at Fastlane versus Daniel Bryan, and at Mania versus “The Beast” Brock Lesnar.
Neither of these three has had a bad year since the demise of The Shield. It is fitting that at Payback we finally get all three in the same match, in the main event where they belong. But will we see the reunion that has been rumored to happen at Payback?
Let’s look at how this match was built. Extreme Rules was the first title defense for Seth Rollins since cashing in and winning the championship and that was against Randy Orton. Roman Reigns won his Last Man Standing Match against The Big Show, showing the world he was still main event worthy.
Director of Operations Kane left it to a vote on the WWE App the Monday after making it a triple threat match. The rumor of this match was leaked before Extreme Rules that this triple threat match was going to happen. To stay on top of everything, WWE decided to one up the error and change the main event. Enter Dean Ambrose.
Last week on Raw, Kane put Seth Rollins in a match against Dean Ambrose and barred J and J Security from ringside, stating that if Ambrose won, he would be in the match making it a fatal 4-way. Credit to the two amazing athletes, they had an awesome match that Dean Ambrose would win. In the scheme of things, Kane, to use one of Seth’s many nicknames, could very well be “The Architect” of the reincarnation of The Shield. Enter the rumor mill.
Roman Reigns added fuel to the rumor at the Wizard World Philadelphia Comic Con when a fan asked if there was validity to the story that CM Punk was instrumental in the creation of The Shield.
Reigns, in typical fashion said “the only thing that Punk made was the Pepsi tattoo on his shoulder,” and went on to hint about a reunion. How would the reunion pan out? Why now? The why makes a lot of sense in the grand scheme of things.
By themselves, all three men are virtually untouchable talents physically. Seth Rollins is an artists on the mic, as is Dean Ambrose. Roman Reigns, however, is still trying to reach that level and is slowly getting there, but he has a lot of work to do. As individual workers, they are phenomenal. Together, they are unstoppable.
It has also been rumored for a while now that Roman Reigns is being geared for a heel turn so working a Shield reunion with WWE’s biggest heel Seth Rollins is a huge win for everyone involved.
But the real question that needs to be asked is this: Could this be a power move by Kane?
For the last year we have seen Kane in the position of patsy for The Authority. He has taken a lot of slack from Triple H. Triple H has been gone quite a bit as of late, leaving Kane in charge. Could this Shield reunion be his way of inserting himself into a position of absolute power? This could be the beginning stage of a company civil war. This could also be Kane’s way of leaving his on screen position to work more backstage. Who knows.
The hints are all over the place about this reunion. WWE’s shop page on the website just recently added a separate section dedicated to Shield merchandise. We also have the release of the Shield DVD. At Payback, we may see the entire landscape change. In the end, Payback is looking amazing.
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