The Shield: Predicting Their 2013 Dominance
The Shield has been a dominant force in the WWE since its initial attack on Ryback at Survivor Series last year, costing Ryback the WWE Championship.
It has yet to lose a match, despite the WWE all-stars it has been put up against in three different matches.
Its dominance has been impressive, proving the WWE has learned from its mistake with the Nexus in 2010, and I firmly believe its dominance will continue throughout 2013.
Build to WrestleMania
With the main event matches set, The Shield will be featured in the top midcard match against Sheamus, Randy Orton and most likely Big Show.
This may be The Shield's toughest challenge to date, as it hasn't been in a match with the monstrous Big Show yet, but the conflict between Show and Sheamus/Orton would seemingly swing the match in favor of The Shield.
Two other matches worth noting on the midcard are Team Hell No versus Dolph Ziggler and Big E Langston for the Tag Team Championship and the developing match of the Miz vs. Wade Barrett for the Intercontinental Championship.
The tag match is confirmed, and I fully expect the IC title match to be put into place, but I'll come back to those later.
WrestleMania: Randy Orton Heel Turn
Everyone's predicting that it will happen, and I am no different from the rest.
While the WWE wants us to think that Big Show, as the heel, will screw over his partners in the match against The Shield, it will in fact be Randy Orton who turns on his teammates, starting the heel turn that we have been waiting so long for.
When it seems like The Shield is finally going to lose and Sheamus or Show is going for the victory, the Viper will slide into the ring and lay them out with an RKO, letting The Shield get the pin and victory at their first WrestleMania.
Orton will raise hands with The Shield, showing himself as its leader, solidifying himself as a heel in the company and The Shield as a true dominant force with a new leader and direction, now ready to hunt not only for justice in the company, but also for gold.
Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins Win Tag Team Championship
First of all, I fully expect Team Hell No to retain their Tag Team Championship at WrestleMania against Dolph Ziggler and Big E Langston. With the briefcase, Ziggler has no need for the tag titles, and sadly, this is just a match to give Ziggler something to do at WrestleMania.
After WrestleMania, though, I think that The Shield will begin its quest for championship gold and start by chasing the tag team titles.
With Extreme Rules around the corner and rumors of The Shield facing Team Hell No at live events after WrestleMania, it would make sense that The Shield would challenge Kane and Daniel Bryan for their tag titles at Extreme Rules.
Even another team could be introduced and have a ladder match added as the stipulation, which would lead to The Shield winning the titles with the help of Roman Reigns and the inevitable breakup of Kane and Bryan.
The Shield is the best team at this point in time to take away the titles for their first championship.
Reigns Wins Intercontinental Championship
The Intercontinental Championship has been a mystery as of late.
For a couple of episodes of Raw, it seemed as if Sheamus and Wade Barrett would feud, but then Sheamus was removed from that and put into his current program with The Shield and Randy Orton.
I think that the Sheamus/Barrett interactions were a preview of what is to come. I believe that Barrett will retain his IC title at WrestleMania against his likely opponent, The Miz, because The Miz has no need for the title, which will leave the door open for a feud between Sheamus and Barrett.
There has also been significant interaction between Sheamus and Roman Reigns whenever Sheamus deals with The Shield. So whether it is at Extreme Rules or the June pay-per-view, PayBack, I see Roman Reigns becoming a third party in the Sheamus/Barrett feud, whether it is after Sheamus takes the title from Barrett or if there is a triple threat for the title.
In any case, I see these three big men interacting in one way or another, with Reigns coming away with the IC title by July.
Orton Wins WWE Championship
Now, with the original members of The Shield all holding championship gold, their new leader, Randy Orton, will be the only one without a title.
Assuming John Cena wins the WWE Championship at WrestleMania or Extreme Rules as expected, it can be assumed that he will hold the title for several months.
Orton hasn't held a World title since September 2011, and with a new heel in Orton, it will be time for him to get back in the title picture. He could simply challenge Cena and become the No. 1 contender that way, but I personally think that Orton will win his first Money in the Bank briefcase in July at the MITB pay-per-view.
Cena will have his first strong title run starting with his defeat of the Rock, and having Orton win the briefcase with The Shield's help and then cashing in on Cena shortly after is a legitimate way to have Cena lose the title, because he'll almost definitely lose it to the MITB winner anyways, and start a feud against Orton and The Shield.
If this does happen, The Shield will officially be the dominant force of the WWE, with every member holding a title at the same time.
Evolution: Part 2?
Could we see a similar picture later this year? Who knows...
The Shield has a legitimate chance of having this happen to it, and it seems to be that the WWE doesn't want a second disaster like the Nexus because it wants these three superstars to be the stars of the future.
Believe in The Shield.