Before last night’s clean sweep of Extreme Rules The Shield was the hottest thing in professional wrestling. Now that every member of The Shield has WWE gold around their waist who or more importantly what is it going to take down a trio of guys who are on their way to becoming the best stable of all time, if the WWE doesn’t screw it up of course. Is there any babyface in the mid card that can match Dean Ambrose‘s intensity? Is there any tag team or two guys that could work together that can stop the brutal force of Roman Reigns or the high-flying ability of Seth Rollins? The members of The Shield and the WWE are in a PERFECT spot to not only capitalize on the moment, but allow these guys to blossom into stars for years and even decades to come.
Six months into their debut Seth Rollins, Dean Ambrose and Roman Reigns have taken the wrestling world and internet community by storm, paving their way to stardom beyond the likes of The Legacy and The Four Horsemen. These three men possess characteristics that many professional wrestlers strive to have, and it was only a matter of time until the powers that be all noticed what the fans noticed years ago. While the three of them, particularly Ambrose and Rollins, spent a little longer than some of us hoped at NXT but there time is now. Ambrose, Rollins and Reigns are with the main roster now, and probably for years to come. But like every great stable before them, there comes a time when the characters inside of a group become bigger than the group itself, hate me for saying that or don’t believe me just ask Rocky Maivia if he wasn’t bigger than The Nation of Domination. Once The Shield’s time to break up comes, what happens to the three members that captivated the WWE Universe? What does the wrestling gods of fate have in store for Dean Ambrose, Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns?
As much hype that surrounded the past three WrestleManias it was the spring through the summer months prior to those mediocre at best pay per views that set the tone for where the WWE is today, stuck. The past three WrestleManias have been as keep you on the edge of your seat entertaining as a 52-7 score in the Super Bowl. It was the months and months of programming before that kept us all tuned in and set our (the fans) bars even higher for this year before the WrestleMania seasons snuck in to steal all the glory, and the money too, . What can the WWE do to make sure fans will be talking about this year’s programming and not regress back to the Summer of Punk? The WWE has a lot of talent on the verge of really breaking out to become new stars so the WWE doesn’t have to rely on ‘stars’ of the past to put over talent and help story lines progress, and it’s about damn time they use it. CM Punk‘s Return, The Shield, John Cena, Part Timer’s storylines, Dolph Ziggler, NXT, Team Hell No, Sheamus, Randy Orton, Mark Henry and The Big Show are the key factors heading into WrestleMania 30 and I am here to dissect them.
Jack Swagger v. Alberto Del Rio
: I have to admit, when the idea of Dolph Ziggler not only having one but two different opponents in his way for the next few months I was excited; sadly the WWE has let us all down as this feud has fallen very short.
The more I read or listened to so many respected wrestling columnists or podcasters advocate the need to unify the WWE and World Heavyweight Titles along with unifying the Intercontinental and United States Titles as well makes me feel not only baffled but almost furious. I wrote last week the WWE is filled with so much talent there is a need for another title. The WWE wants to continue to expand, and before they can make more movies, sell out Olympic sized arenas, make more action figures and video games they need to take a step back and really push the professional wrestlers they have under contract. Someone having a title and another one wanting it should be the easiest storylines to write. There is already a dispute between two, three or even four Superstars. In a day and age where the WWE is a sports entertainment company wanting to generate as much revenue as possible without spending the proper amount of time making sure the product is good enough to generate said revenue shouldn’t they want to feature as many talents as they can in the six and one half hours they have programmed into your television each week?
: Does the WWE intentionally try to destroy a gimmick unless they want it over? First there was Zack Ryder, now its Fandango’s turn. Let this be a lesson to every professional wrestler that intends to work for the WWE, if they don’t want you over, you won’t get over.
Kofi Kingston (United States Champion) v. Wade Barrett (Intercontinental Champion)
: What did Kofi Kingston do/say during WrestleMania weekend to not only get him on the pre show commentary team but to win the United States Title and beat the Intercontinental Champion in less than two weeks?
Justin Gabriel v. Leo Kruger
: Justin Gabriel and Leo Kruger have competed against each other on a few other occasions since Kruger ‘hurt’ Gabriel’s tag team partner Tyson Kidd and while I have enjoyed their matches together nothing has really come of it.
: The two men exchanged submission moves until Gabriel climbed the top rope to hit the 450 Splash but Kruger punched and dragged Justin down and applied his finishing submission maneuver to pick up the victory.
: Nice video package of the NXT Stars at WrestleMania Axxess, especially the backstage moments with The Shield.