WrestleMania 29: WWE Event Will Be The Shield's Last Stand

Daine PavloskiAnalyst IIMarch 19, 2013

The Shield have taken the WWE by storm, but their reign of terror should end at WrestleMania 29. Photo Courtesy of WWE.com.
The Shield have taken the WWE by storm, but their reign of terror should end at WrestleMania 29. Photo Courtesy of WWE.com.

The members of The Shield have terrorized the WWE roster from the minute they appeared at Survivor Series in November to wreak havoc on Ryback. 

Since then they've stayed busy, attacking anyone and everyone at any given time, focusing on main event talent, including Ryback, John Cena, Alberto Del Rio, Sheamus, Randy Orton and Big Show. 

The booking of the new trio has been surprising to say the least. Even in their first official match against Ryback and Team Hell No at TLC, it was shocking to see the youngsters get a win against some pretty big names on the roster. 

At Elimination Chamber, they blew TLC out of the water. 

At the Chamber pay-per-view, The Shield took on Ryback, John Cena and Sheamus. The three newest wrestlers on the roster against Vince's new monster, the face of the WWE and one of Smackdown's biggest Superstars. No way The Shield could possibly win, right? 


The Shield picked up the victory against three of the WWE's biggest stars, which showed that they were for real. The Shield has had one of the most successful runs as a group since the days of the NWO, DX and, most recently, The Nexus. 

Unfortunately for Ambrose, Rollins and Reigns, that all ends at WrestleMania 29. 

The Shield's run has been great, but there comes a time when even the best groups have to break up. The Shield's gimmick is still mildly interesting, but there's only so much you can do with three guys who run in and jump other WWE Superstars. A big loss at WrestleMania 29 will be exactly what the members of The Shield need to keep their individual WWE careers rolling. 

As they take on another formidable trio of WWE Superstars in Randy Orton, Sheamus and Big Show, it'll be a perfect opportunity for The Shield to disband and set out on their solo careers. 

Let's not forget, Ambrose, Rollins and Reigns are some of the best young guys on the roster, and while we've had a little taste of their in-ring ability, we haven't had nearly enough. As single competitors they've all had very illustrious careers, especially Rollins and Ambrose, who were two of the biggest names on the independent scene before they made the move to the WWE. 

Ambrose, Rollins and Reigns as individual wrestlers would immediately inject legitimacy into the midcard. Imagine watching Dean Ambrose take on Antonio Cesaro for the US Championship or seeing Roman Reigns go toe-to-toe with Wade Barrett every week. These guys can all go in the ring, and they deserve a chance to really show off what they can do alone as opposed to ganging up on unsuspecting Superstars. 

Now, some of you may be thinking, "But Daine, why shouldn't The Shield just keep rolling? They're awesome!" While I agree that they are awesome, let's think back to the last big group to take the WWE by storm: The Nexus. 

The Nexus were awesome...for a while. Eventually their act got a little old, and because they ran rampant for so long, WWE creative thought it would be a good idea for John Cena to beat them, with one arm tied behind his back while blindfolded and riding a unicycle on a tightrope...pretty much. 

Do we really want to see The Shield get to that point? The point where they get a little too out of control and Vince has to end their momentum immediately, which could very well end their careers? Think of Justin Gabriel and other members of The Nexus. They were all talented young wrestlers who couldn't get away from the group theme. They went from The Nexus immediately to the failure that was The Corre and just never really recovered. 

If The Shield's loss at WrestleMania is done correctly, the WWE could very well set up all three youngsters for great things as they finish the WrestleMania season. The only way to keep the members of The Shield on the right track is to break them up and let them run wild as individuals.