Regardless of who assembles to take on The Shield at WrestleMania 29, it's too early for Roman Reigns, Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose to lose.
A Shield loss now is not nearly as satisfying as it would be down the road. WWE would be better off delaying The Shield's comeuppance, letting their destructive ways continue longer.
The more chaos the group is allowed to cause, the bigger the payoff their eventual first defeat will be.
For now, it appears that Randy Orton, Big Show and Sheamus will make an unlikely team and go up against The Shield at WrestleMania 29.
Defying traditional good guy/bad guy roles, The Shield attacked Big Show after Old-School Raw went off the air.
Combine that with the fact that Randy Orton and Sheamus teamed up on the Feb. 25 Raw to sucker punch The Shield and it's clear that WWE is at least creating the option of a six-man tag match between these folks at The Show of Shows.
Should Big Show, Sheamus and Orton defeat The Shield, it will have little effect on the audience.
Imagine if Luke Skywalker defeated Darth Vader in the first Star Wars movie. Imagine if the hobbits were able to destroy the ring in the first Lord of the Rings.
It would just be too early. WWE has to get audiences to detest The Shield more, to yearn to see them go down.
To have them lose now would be tearing a down a house that's only partially built.
WWE's goal over the next few months should be to build up The Shield as an unstoppable force. WWE's resident pack of wolves needs to extend their undefeated streak.
Reigns, Rollins and Ambrose need to turn away every challenger until it seems like no one will be able to stop them.
That way their eventual defeat is a cathartic experience for the audience as fans witness evil finally being vanquished. That way whoever is finally capable of taking down The Shield is made to look that much more heroic.
Ryback can gain a great deal of momentum by knocking off The Shield after they go undefeated for much longer. A new star can have their resume vastly improved with a win over the villainous trio.
If it is indeed Orton, Sheamus and Big Show who end up facing The Shield, a loss won't do much damage to them. Those three men are all former world champs who will quickly bounce back.
Should The Shield lose, however, their story loses traction.
They may fade into the midcard after the loss or worse yet, be forgotten and underused by WWE's writers. This current narrative keeps them interesting, keeps them involved and keeps us entertained.
Theirs is a tale of insurgents charging into a world not their own. There is more work to be done on their part. There is a longer wake of devastation to be made.
WWE has a potentially unforgettable angle on its hands.
Having the super team of Orton, Big Show and Sheamus or any other combination of opposition beat The Shield this early deflates the story before it truly has a chance to swell. The Shield's WrestleMania 29 match should instead be its latest impressive win, another step toward the climax of that story.