It was no coincidence that Roman Reigns scored the deciding fall against Triple H on Sunday at Payback, securing a clean sweep for the Shield. Make no mistake, the WWE has big plans for the ultimate hound of justice.
Triple H deserves to be commended for what he’s done to elevate the Shield. Not many elite wrestlers would allow themselves or their group to be swept clean in a PPV main event. You are effectively telling the audience that your opponents were the better men, and that’s exactly the idea. Triple H wants the “WWE Universe” to accept the Shield, and especially Reigns, as main event players. It’s both an unselfish act and a smart business decision.
Triple H (Paul Levesque) is not a stupid man. He’s actually one of the smartest, hardworking men in the entire wrestling business. You don’t get to his level without a superhuman level of commitment to your craft. Furthermore, just like the greatest wrestling minds, he’s constantly thinking about the future.
Working side by side with Vince McMahon in preparation for his eventual takeover of the company, they’ve clearly decided that WWE’s future resides in the hands of Roman Reigns.
Reigns is a blue-chip athlete. At 6-foot-3 and 260 plus-pounds, he certainly cuts an imposing figure. More importantly, Roman has great ring presence and understands how to carry himself like a star. He’s still pretty green in a lot of respects, but his potential is absolutely through the roof.
McMahon and Levesque understand how important it is to groom future stars, and as soon as they laid their eyes on Reigns, they knew they had their next John Cena. There’s still no telling if Reigns will make the same impact Cena has, but they’re not taking any chances. This is why Reigns has been given the invincible Cena push, and I would expect that trend to continue throughout the year.
The Shield still has time left as a faction. Reigns, along with Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose, probably aren’t ready for PPV-level main event singles matches. Reigns in particular has been very protected in the ring, with Ambrose and Rollins carrying the majority of the workload. Reigns has had main event singles matches, but they’ve primarily been at house shows and not on television. His singles contests on TV have been kept short.
Triple H may not be done elevating both the Shield and Roman Reigns. Rumors have abounded that Triple H will battle Reigns in a semi-main position at WWE’s biggest summer PPV, SummerSlam. Judging from what we’ve seen so far, it’s pretty obvious who will walk out of that match with their hand raised.
This wouldn’t be the first time Triple H has dedicated himself to creating a new superstar. Once upon a time, Triple H did three consecutive PPV jobs to Batista. By the end of 2005, big Dave was one of WWE’s top headliners.
Roman Reigns is going to be a star, and Triple H is making sure it happens sooner rather than later. Rest assured, he’ll also be the first one to take credit for it – and rightfully so.