The Shield got their coveted WrestleMania moment in their inaugural appearance Sunday night in a match that did absolutely nothing for their opponents.
The next couple of weeks will give us a better idea of what lies ahead for all these men. But coming out of WrestleMania 29, we do know a few things about them.
Sheamus still is a man without a defined program, Randy Orton still is a non-heel and Big Show went back to hitting babyfaces with his knockout punch.
And The Shield continued their mastery over some of WWE’s top good guys.
If there was any surprise in this match, it was the fact that Orton did not turn heel as many people expected him to do. He teased the turn when he tagged himself in just as Sheamus was reaching for Big Show, but when he wound up on the wrong side of the pin, any thoughts of a heel turn vanished into the New Jersey sky.
Otherwise, this match looked more like a Raw main event than the opening match on WWE’s grandest stage. No one did anything really outstanding that would make the WrestleMania crowd and those watching on pay-per-view go “Wow!”
Now, with their WrestleMania 29 match in the books, what is on the horizon for everyone involved?
For The Shield, we probably will see them get involved in more than just three-man matches. Their stock surely rose as a result of their victory, but in order for them to go to the next level, WWE has to find a way to use them in a variety of ways.
Obviously, any two of them would be a threat in the Tag Team Championship picture, and that burden could fall on the shoulders of Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins. Since Team Hell No defeated Dolph Ziggler and Big E. Langston at WrestleMania, and no other heel team has gotten the big push needed to be a serious threat, we could see a Team Hell No vs. The Shield feud develop into a match at Extreme Rules—not to mention an end to the improbable title run and storyline for Kane and Daniel Bryan.
Roman Reigns’ power and size puts him in an ideal position to do more of the solo matches for the stable.
In their clashes over the past few weeks, he and Sheamus always seemed to be mixing it up, so maybe a Reigns-Sheamus program could materialize.
However, over the past few months, Sheamus has proved himself to be a very good tag partner. He worked well tagging in the past with John Cena and with Randy Orton, so do not be surprised if we see Sheamus and Orton continue to tag up and maybe even become a threat to The Shield’s inevitable Tag Team Championship.
Meanwhile, the one left out in the cold from this match is Big Show.
No one really expected his temporary face status to last beyond WrestleMania because, for weeks now, no one at the shows really knew how to react to him. Do they cheer him or boo him?
Now that he is back entrenched among the heels, the question remains: what does WWE do with him?
With Ryback and Mark Henry engaged in a feud, there are not many big men left to feud with Big Show. We possibly could see Sheamus and Orton looking to gain some kind of revenge as a result of the post-WrestleMania match action, but that is short-term at best. Look for Big Show to tumble back down into the mid-card and perhaps do some more comic relief.
And for someone who has given his all to the business he loves, that would be a shame.
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