The Shield's chemistry is too perfect to spoil it by adding another member.
The temptation to do so may stem from a desire for an established veteran take over or to make The Shield conform to a familiar four-or-more-man stable format, but WWE needs to let Roman Reigns, Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose continue their great work uninterrupted by team change.
Letting fans grow to know and love or loath WWE stars takes patience.
It would be far easier to plug Randy Orton or John Cena in as The Shield's leader rather than to wait for the group's current members to reach those guys’ level of stardom. However, leaving The Shield as it is will pay off in the end.
Should WWE avoid tinkering with their new toy, The Shield will prove to be a highlight of this decade.
The Temptation of Outsiders
As exciting as it would be for Cena to pull a Hulk Hogan and announce that he was taking over The Shield, it would be a mistake.
Giving Orton the role of The Shield's boss would be an easy way to give him something to do, and it would inject new life into his character. Still, that would be the wrong way to go as well.
The issue is that placing a fourth man atop the group stalls the other members' momentum. It puts the focus on the new guy instead of letting the recent NXTers develop their own fanbases. The Shield would then become the underappreciated rhythm section to a new front man.
One of the great things about The Shield is that Rollins, Reigns and Ambrose have already been pitted against WWE's biggest names. How often do developmental call-ups have a pay-per-view match with Cena so soon into their WWE tenure?
If WWE wants The Shield to establish a leader, it must come from within.
Any of the current members could conceivably take the reins. They need no new blood.
No New Ingredients Needed
Part of their gimmick has been their great chemistry. They have been supremely impressive in evoking a swarm of locusts, and who knows what a fourth or a fifth member could do to that fluidity.
Watch them in action against Sheamus, Ryback and Chris Jericho from their match on the Feb. 18 edition of Raw.
That was easily one of the best matches on Raw within the last few years, and it showed how The Shield comes off as a complete package and a cohesive unit.
Some of the greatest stables in wrestling history have had four or more members—the Four Horsemen and Evolution come to mind right away—so The Shield's success may have WWE thinking of tossing in more members in order to make them look more like these historic groups.
It would be the simplest way to give a struggling star or two a boost. WWE would be wise, though, to remember how much of a mess the NWO division got when its membership became too large.
When something is going as right as The Shield, it's best not to mess with it.
Rollins, Reigns and Ambrose need no one. Their trio is perfect as is.