WWE Royal Rumble 2013: The Shield's Role Is Key to Pay-Per-View's Success

Brian MaziqueCorrespondent IIIJanuary 23, 2013

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The Rock is set to electrify the crowd at U.S. Airways Center in Phoenix, Ariz. and the millions and millions of viewers at home, but the performance of the People's Champ against CM Punk won't dictate whether the pay-per-view is a success or not.

That burden falls on the three-man militia known as The Shield.

Dean Ambrose, Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns have taken the WWE by storm since they first struck at Survivor Series. They cost Ryback the WWE title on that night, and have subsequently been a thorn in the big man's side ever since.

They have also attacked Randy Orton, Ric Flair, Sheamus and most recently, The Rock.

With stipulations put into place to prevent The Shield from interfering in the WWE title match, where and how they will make their presence felt is most intriguing. 

There are storylines that could link them to nearly every confirmed match on the card. They could easily be one of the 30 men included in the Royal Rumble. Both Randy Orton and Sheamus are set to compete in that match.

The Shield could make sure neither the Viper nor the Celtic Warrior earn a right to fight for a title at WrestleMania. They could even go after Team Hell No again.

Kane and Daniel Bryan are set to defend their tag-team titles against the Rhodes Scholars. An attack on the tag team champions could cost them their titles, and continue that feud.

Obviously, it isn't illogical to think they could still find a way to get involved in the CM Punk-Rock WWE title match as well.

Maybe WWE creative decides to make this the night of the Shield completely. The threesome could feasibly impact every major match on the card in an ultimate show of power.

However they are used, it shouldn't be predictable or a re-run of something we've already seen from the group. Their promos have been chilling, their entrance through the crowd is awesome, and their in-ring performance has been stellar.

All of those qualities have created a very tough act to follow. At some point, we're going to be let down by what the Shield delivers. I just hope that moment doesn't come at the Royal Rumble.

If Ambrose, Reigns and Rollins can deliver the goods like they did in the six-man tag match at TLC, most WWE fans will be happy.

If we're underwhelmed with how they're utilized, the WWE's first pay-per-view of the year will be a little disappointing. 


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