Team Hell No vs. The Shield Could Revitalize the WWE Tag-Team Division

Mike ChiariFeatured ColumnistDecember 10, 2012

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Ryback and Team Hell No are scheduled to take on The Shield in the main event at TLC, and while the main focus is currently on Ryback's interactions with the young trio of Dean Ambrose, Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns, a feud between Team Hell No and The Shield should be featured moving forward.

The fact that Ryback is the hottest thing going in the WWE right now is beneficial to The Shield, as the group needs a major feud to get over as a legitimate heel stable right away. With that said, Ryback has bigger fish to fry. He'll likely take part in the Royal Rumble match and figures to have a match with either Big Show or Brock Lesnar at WrestleMania.

That means that his rivalry with The Shield is only temporary. Kane and Daniel Bryan, on the other hand, are in search of something more substantial. The Tag Team Champions figured to be in the midst of a long program with Team Rhodes Scholars, however, Cody Rhodes got injured, and now, Team Hell No is left without a main rival.

It originally seemed as though Kane and Bryan would get involved with The Prime Time Players, as well as the team of Rey Mysterio and Sin Cara, but there is no question that a feud with The Shield is far more intriguing. Ambrose, Rollins and Reigns have attacked Team Hell No over the past couple weeks and it certainly seems like something is budding between them.

As entertaining as Kane and Bryan have been as a team, most fans realize that it's only a temporary thing. Bryan is a former World Heavyweight Champion and has all the potential in the world to be WWE Champion, so he'll be on his own soon enough. Kane is on the downside of his career, but he still has plenty to offer as a singles guy as well.

Dropping the belts to Cody Rhodes and Damien Sandow would have been a good way to end Team Hell No, but dropping them to The Shield would be even better. Kane and Bryan have helped revitalize the tag-team division due to their name recognition, but in order to keep the momentum moving forward, more big-time teams need to be developed and utilized.

The Shield is currently at the forefront of the WWE, and while the group's current issue is with Ryback more than anyone, the focus can easily shift to Team Hell No following TLC. The perfect scenario at TLC would be for Lesnar to take out Ryback, setting up a feud between them and making it a three-on-two advantage for The Shield.

The numbers game would eventually catch up with Team Hell No, and Bryan would ultimately take the fall. This would transition Ryback away from The Shield and make The Shield top contenders for the Tag Team Championships. Then, The Shield can either capture the titles at WrestleMania or perhaps even before that at Elimination Chamber or Royal Rumble.

Whatever the case, Team Hell No vs. The Shield works on several levels. The fact that they'll be facing each other in the main event of TLC in a tables, ladders and chairs match is huge because it will immediately add fuel to the fire that is their rivalry. Bryan and Kane are both main-event guys who were pressed into tag-team action, so having The Shield beat them for the straps will be huge for their development.

There are several directions that The Shield could go in, but my preference would be for Ambrose and Rollins to be the team that actually has the matches with Team Hell No. Reigns can act as the enforcer, and when they do ultimately win the titles, perhaps The Shield can defend them under the "Freebird Rule," with any combination of the three superstars being allowed to compete in matches with the belts on the line.

Suddenly, the tag-team division will be ruled by a dominant force that happens to be comprised of the biggest rising stars in the business. After finishing its feud with Team Hell No, The Shield can do a program with Mysterio and Sin Cara or any other face team. Perhaps The Shield can even have some matches with makeshift teams comprised of top faces like John Cena, Sheamus, Ryback or whoever else.

Working with main-event talent is only going to make Ambrose, Rollins and Reigns look even more credible, and that should always be the goal with potential stars. The tag-team division has been known for producing singles stars in the past, and it could do exactly that when it comes to The Shield.

The Shield can't simply attack guys forever without becoming active roster members, and its match at TLC will be the first step toward getting away from that. Strengthening The Shield's rivalry with Team Hell No at TLC is paramount, and it could be huge not only for Ambrose, Rollins and Reigns, but for the burgeoning tag division.


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