The Wyatt Family and the Shield have a real opportunity to tear the house down on Feb. 23 at Elimination Chamber. It’s a great matchup between two teams who are booked strong and have the goods to back it up.
The Wyatts (Bray Wyatt, Erick Rowan and Luke Harper) are very clearly the heels in the program. They instigated (and one might say orchestrated) the feud when they cost all three members of the Shield (Dean Ambrose, Roman Reigns and Seth Rollins) spots in the Elimination Chamber match.
Things nearly came to a head last night on Monday Night Raw when both teams appeared poised for a pre-match battle. The Shield refused to blink, and the Wyatts chose to recede and fight another day. Like classic heels, they bailed right as things were about to get nasty.
The fans are ready to get behind the Shield despite their dubious history. It will be interesting to see whether or not they undergo a complete face turn after their big match with the Wyatts — if not the entire group, at least Roman Reigns seems a safe bet. The WWE has been teasing a Reigns face turn (and a possible split from the Shield) for several weeks. Will Elimination Chamber be Reigns’ coming out party?
Hopefully the WWE isn’t too quick to pull the trigger on Reigns. He does have the potential to be a huge star, but the WWE needs to be careful; we’ve seen many disastrous face turns over the years, often the result of rushing something fans aren’t ready for.
What the fans are ready for is this six-man tag match. The Staples Center was absolutely electric Monday night when both teams were staring each other down. When Bray Wyatt bailed on the fight, the cascade of boos from the crowd were overwhelming — as they should be.
The feud between the Wyatts and the Shield is fresh and exciting. An injection of new blood into the mix is rarely a bad thing, and the fans are ready for change. In all likelihood, it’s going to be a war on the 23rd. Who knows — when the dust settles, the landscape of the WWE might just be a little different.