Despite Seth Rollins, Roman Reigns and Dean Ambrose achieving great success as members of The Shield, rumours have always circulated regarding stars that were originally scheduled to be in the group.
It’s no secret that Chris Hero was supposed to be involved when he was on NXT, going by the name Kassius Ohno, before he was released from his contract.
CM Punk has also reiterated on numerous occasions that the WWE wanted him as the leader, and to lead the likes of Hero and even The Big Show – thankfully that didn’t come to fruition.
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However, the latest rumour is perhaps the most ridiculous of them all.
Former WWE Tag Team Champion, Matt ‘Rosey’ Anoai recently appeared on the Pancakes and Powerslams show, discussing his time in the WWE, ranging from his days teaming up with The Hurricane, as well as his time in the 3 Minute Warning.
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Anoai, who is the real-life brother of current United States Champion and former Shield member, Roman Reigns, revealed that the idea for creating The Shield had been in the works for years, and said he was supposed to be an original member of the group.
He said: “A lot of people don’t know this, but whenever me and my cousin, when Eddie [Fatu] came back, the original thought was, we were going to be The Shield.
“Triple H let us know, ‘Alright, go out and buy you some black S.W.A.T team stuff, and we did it.
“Either or, it didn’t work out. Obviously, Jamaal moved on to do the Umaga thing, and I went on to do my thing.”
It worked out well for one of them, though. We saw the creation of Umaga who proved to be one of the best heels around, while Anoai had to settle for a comedy superhero gimmick.
Of course, that doesn’t mean he was supposed to be standing alongside the younger Rollins and Ambrose at the time, but the gimmick behind it had been in the works for years, and it seems the WWE eventually pulled the trigger with Reigns, Rollins and Ambrose.
Realistically, anybody can undertake that gimmick by using the same gear and acting that way, and it’s why fans claim NXT’s Authors of Pain are a rip-off from the stable.
But perhaps the latest group wouldn’t have gone over in the same manner as they did with the WWE Universe, as it’s not something fans were used to beforehand, and now we have three bona fide stars that can carry the company.
What do you make of Rosey’s comments regarding the original plans for The Shield? Have YOUR say in the comments section below.