Forget 99% of the rumours you’ve heard in the last few months; chances are the upcoming WWE draft has scuppered most of those plans with the brand extension set to take effect on July 19.
One of the plans that has been in place started to do the rounds online earlier this year when it was clearer that Karl Anderson and Luke Gallows would sign with the WWE, and form The Club alongside AJ Styles following his debut at the Royal Rumble.
THE SHIELD VS THE CLUB
At first, it sounded like fantasy booking. However, the plan was to have The Club run riot in the WWE, forcing Roman Reigns, Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose to reform The Shield to engage in a feud.
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At the time, the feud was pencilled in for the Survivor Series pay-per-view, but with the draft approaching, there’s no guarantee which superstar will end up on which show. So it’s understandable that this exciting storyline could be pushed back, and it seems as if that’s exactly what’s going to be happening.
According to reports from DailyWrestlingNews, Vince McMahon is still interesting in booking this feud, although it seems like the perfect fit for Survivor Series – especially if the two stables are on opposing brands – there’s no guarantee that Survivor Series will be the event it takes place.
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BUILDING THE CLUB
The only small hurdle standing in the way of this feud is that McMahon wants The Club to be booked and look much stronger than they are now. You can only blame the writing team for that as Gallows and Anderson should have and could have looked much stronger than they currently do.
Of course, that can happen in the coming months, and the way McMahon wants to establish them as a serious threat is by booking them better, as well as possibly adding more member to the group.
A couple of intriguing names have been highlighted, and realistically three stars stand out a lot more than anybody else in all of WWE. It won’t be a surprise to see them brought into the fold as they could add a lot more value and it could help make The Club look like the biggest threat in recent times.
Samoa Joe is a name that has been mentioned and he could fit in well, given his history with Styles and it could be an excellent way to introduce him. Shinsuke Nakamura is another that could be brought in, again, links with The Club back in Japan as well as the fact that The Club are seen as outsiders could be a link.
However, it’s Finn Balor that is the most prominent name, and it’s much more likely to happen, so by the time this feud takes place, Balor could be a heel and a part of The Club.
Until that happens, we have to watch Ambrose, Rollins and Reigns conclude their story, which is revolving around the WWE World Heavyweight Championship. While that happens, The Club will be booked much stronger.
So it’s just a matter of sooner rather than later, although the wait will be a few months, it’ll be interesting to see how the WWE play it out with the draft approaching. Either they all stay on one show, which looks unlikely, or it’s going to be both teams representing both brands with a lot more on the line.
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