7 Immediate Targets for the Shield in WWE
Renegade group The Shield—Dean Ambrose, Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns—have been tearing through WWE in recent times, launching vicious three-on-one attacks on innocent babyfaces on television and pay-per-view.
At Survivor Series, they attacked Ryback, costing him the title. They’ve went after him a bunch of times since then too. They have also attacked Team Hell No, The Miz and Randy Orton.
It is presumed they are linked with heel duo CM Punk and Paul Heyman—although all involved has vehemently denied this. Dean Ambrose claimed in an interview with Michael Cole last week that the group had no affiliation with anyone on the roster, going on to insist The Shield’s sole goal was cure any injustices that went on in the company.
Well, the jury remains out (come on: we’re really expected to believe CM Punk has nothing to do with these guys?). But, with recent events in mind, here is a list of seven targets that could be next on The Shield’s list, as they continue their quest to turn the company outside down.
Mick Foley and CM Punk have clashed in the past, with much of the build- up to the Survivor Series pay-per-view being based around their animosity. With Foley despising Punk's new attitude and Punk refusing to respect the WWE legend, the two continue to have unresolved issues.
And The Shield does seem to go after people who Punk hates.
A semi-regular character, Foley still pops up on WWE television from time to time to plug some up-and-coming project. Who knows? Maybe the next time the former WWE champion comes to TV he should be a bit more careful, lest he ends up the latest victim of a assault from The Shield.
If WWE really want to establish The Shield as thoroughly despicable heels, one way would be for them to attack to Teddy Long. He’s a crowd favourite, after all, and brutalizing him would surely garner the three-man group intense hatred from the fans. More so than attacking Foley would, even.
The motive for any potential attack is there too: As Assistant SmackDown GM, Long represents the corrupt corporate status quo that the group are seeking to destroy.
Could the Shield and Sheamus be heading for some sort of battle in the future?
Hey, they are on opposite sides of the heel-face spectrum, and the former World Heavyweight champion has made no secret that he likes to fight. What will happen if or when the Shield starts meddling in the Irish star’s business?
At Survivor Series, John Cena already saw up close what The Shield could do first hand, as they attacked Ryback and powerbombed him through the Spanish announcer’s table.
Of course Ambrose, Rollins and Reigns have yet to do anything to Cena. But considering he’s the brand’s top babyface, it seems just a matter of time before they clash again. Due to his higher status on WWE television, he may be more likely to be a target than Sheamus is.
The Shield has claimed in the past that they are intent on challenging the status quo and drastically changing the landscape of WWE, which they consider corrupt at its core. As the corporate face of the company—and next in line to take over from Vince McMahon—COO Triple H should therefore be on The Shield’s list of targets.
What better way to make a statement than to take out Hunter on television?
OK, so this whole angle seems to verge on The Shield being aligned with WWE Champion CM Punk—and no one, including Vince McMahon, seems to buy Punk’s denials. But what if—in a Russo-like swerve—it turns out Punk is telling the truth and isn’t involved with The Shield’s antics?
It would surely send shock waves through the company and add a great twist to an already intriguing angle.
So, what makes Vince McMahon top of this list? What makes him more of a potential target than Triple H, Sheamus, Long, Cena, Punk and Foley?
Well, he is the owner and face of WWE—and The Shield have seemingly made it their mission to re-organize and revamp the entire company. And we’ve seen the 67-year-old Vince take brutal beatings before in order to get over an angle—check out his extremely violent 2010 beat down at the hands of Nexus. With this in mind, he should be top of their list of immediate targets.