Since Survivor Series this past November, The Shield has rode roughshod over all WWE Superstars in their way.
At this Sunday’s WrestleMania, that will all change when they face WWE’s newest all-star trio.
“The Viper” Randy Orton, The Big Show, and Sheamus will teach The Shield a lesson that they have sadly needed taught to them. Cracks in the armor of The Shield are starting to show as their opponents have gotten the best of them multiple times now.
On last week’s episode of Smackdown, The Shield appeared in the crowd like they usually do. Looking to at least intimidate their WrestleMania opponents, The Shield tried their best but were met head on.
For the first time since appearing in WWE, the fight was truly brought to The Shield through the audience.
Orton, Show, and Sheamus marched through the front rows, up the stairs, and right into the path of The Shield. Dominating The Shield in their own environment of the audience, the WWE's band of heroes gave the first commanding performance against the “eradicat[ors] of injustice.”
During this past Monday Night Raw, The Shield attempted to once again taunt Orton, Show, and Sheamus by appearing in the audience with berating comments.
The Shield did not try to get into the ring and attack on this occasion; surely, it is a sign that the trio of former champions intimidates The Shield itself.
Who will win at WrestleMania 29?
Some might claim that The Shield is simply playing mind games, but they have rarely been challenged to this degree. The Shield has overpowered Orton, Show, and Sheamus individually.
Collectively, The Shield has not been able to dominate when their opponents are working together.
Yes, it has taken weeks for Orton, Show, and Sheamus to become a team, but their current unity cannot be denied.
Losing at WrestleMania 29 will not be the end of The Shield. A loss at WrestleMania 29 will only make them want to avenge it in the future. By being defeated, it will extend the feud longer and make possible more matches between the two teams.
A loss could mean one-on-one matches between members of The Shield and their WrestleMania opponents in the coming months. These matches could make The Shield true superstars outside of the group by continuing to work with former world champions.
This would also give each member of The Shield more exposure on WWE programming.
It is time for Seth Rollins, Dean Ambrose, and Roman Reigns to still be part of The Shield but establish individual identities. The Shield must fall at WrestleMania 29, and in doing so they will be stronger because of it.
Who do you think will win this Sunday and what result will it have on the participants?
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