I have wondered since the break happened why the WWE split the Shield when they did, considering the group was at the height of their power.
I know Vince McMahon (and even Triple H to a degree) like to turn people and split groups in those moments because the crowd wouldn’t see it coming, resulting in potentially great TV. The other aspect that’s curious to me is that they could have made a lot more money on the trio moving forward if they just would have kept them together until the end of the year, or split them at WrestleMania next year.
There’s tons of money to be had in merchandising, and the group was steadily rising in the ranks of merchandise sales. The WWE never capitalized on the skull masks the Shield wore for a couple weeks starting at ‘Mania.
After Seth Rollins betrayed his brothers, Dean Ambrose and Roman Reigns, he’s seen very little positive results beyond being put into the Money In The Bank briefcase ladder match … which now includes Ambrose as well.
Splitting the group and using Rollins to do it was a really smart move on the part of WWE, because he was the biggest question mark of the group in terms of future possibilities; but, part of me thinks the break wasn’t permanent, that the Architect of the group has formulated another set of blueprints to build with.
On Raw, when Rollins was begging to have Ambrose put into the ladder match, it didn’t seem like a “keep your enemies closer”-type plea but more like manipulation at its finest. That moment on Raw led me to believe there’s a chance that this has all been a ruse on the part of Shield to get all three of them into the title picture.
After defeating Triple H and Evolution so convincingly, there’s no chance the trio could ever convince Triple H to let them all three enter into the MITB ladder matches. There was just too much animosity and hate towards Shield for that to be a possibility. But split them all up, and well, you’ve seen the results.
Rollins was the standout person in all of this, getting a spotlight on him like he’s never had in the business, Reigns has continued to evolve into the heir to the throne, and Ambrose is finding his stride. The bigger part of all that is Reigns is in the ladder match for the belts, and both Rollins and Ambrose are in the ladder match for the briefcase.
If Reigns can walk out as champion and either one of the other two can grab those briefcases, then the Shield will dominate the company for at least the next year. If Reigns were to lose the belt, the briefcase holder would be able to cash in and bring the gold back to the group.
It’s an unlikely scenario, but it makes sense to me for this to be another evolution to the story and all those involved. Shield scheming to defeat Triple H on all levels would lock the group in as one of the greatest of all time. This Sunday at MITB, I’ll have my fingers crossed that this has all been plotted and planned out, that the Shield will return to fans in the greatest comeback the WWE has ever created.
I believe in Roman Reigns, Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins; I believe in the Shield.