5 WWE Booking Possibilities for The Shield After WrestleMania 29
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The Shield is still undefeated, and by the looks of things, it's going to take a minor miracle to stop this seemingly unstoppable trio.
The group of former NXT studs has only been around for about five months now, and yet, it has already defeated most of the WWE's top stars: Ryback, Kane, Daniel Bryan, Chris Jericho, Sheamus, John Cena, Randy Orton and Big Show.
The Shield has done a career's worth of work in a really short span. As we move forward in 2013, it looks like the trio will continue to dominate some of the company's biggest storylines.
Now that WrestleMania 29 is in the books, however, The Shield will be moving on to a new angle and a new rivalry. We got a taste of what its next feud might be on this week's Raw, but there are still nine months left in 2013.
The WWE is going to have to keep The Shield busy all year along, and there's certainly no shortage of possible ways for the group to remain relevant as a focal point of the company's future.
Here are five possible bookings for The Shield after WrestleMania 29.
5. The Trio Grows And/or Gets a New Leader
The Shield has gotten so over with the three superstars it does have that the group probably doesn't and won't ever need a new member or a "leader."
At the same time, though, you never what the future of this group might hold or if bigger plans are in store for it.
While Dean Ambrose, Roman Reigns and Seth Rollins have performed incredibly well as a trio so far, we could reach a point where it makes sense for the group to add a new member or perhaps join forces with someone who turns out to be its leader.
There are so many possibilities with The Shield here. At least theoretically, the group could unite with anyone from Paul Heyman to CM Punk to Randy Orton or perhaps someone who's not even on the main roster yet, and it could all make sense.
This is going to depend largely upon what route creative decides to take with this trio, but if the dominoes fall a certain way, then we may see The Shield grow. Whether that's good or bad depends on your opinion of the group, but it may ultimately happen either way.
The Shield is going to continue to be a major part of the WWE going forward no matter what. Exactly what the group does down the road is more of a mystery, though.
4. The Shield Breaks Up
No stable lasts forever, so it's inevitable that The Shield will break up at some point.
The bigger question, of course, is how and when that will happen.
After all, The Shield has had so much success so far (it's still undefeated as we all know) that there really hasn't been anything to suggest that the members of the group will go their separate ways anytime soon. Perhaps that's being done for a very specific reason, though.
Because The Shield has yet to taste defeat, the trio has no idea what it feels like to lose. It has no idea what it feels like to come up short or to fail, and that could be precisely what ends up making it fail in the long run.
Once The Shield loses, the group might very well start to fall apart. Dean Ambrose, Roman Reigns and Seth Rollins will feel something that they've never felt before, and that could be what leads to the group's demise.
I've always maintained that this group will be destroyed from within. It makes sense that that will happen whenever the group loses its first match.
No one knows when that will happen and how it will go down, but when it does, it could set the stage for the breakup of The Shield and a huge storyline to follow.
3. The Shield Takes Over the WWE Championship Scene
Based on what happened at the end of Monday's Raw, it looks like the creative team has kicked off a WWE Championship feud between John Cena and Ryback.
What's interesting, but perhaps overlooked, about this feud is that both Cena and Ryback have had a lot of history with The Shield, which could ultimately end up playing into this rivalry.
The Shield is known for its random attacks, and of course, it once interfered in a WWE Championship match (at Survivor Series 2012) that involved both Ryback and Cena.
Might we be experiencing some deja vu in the very near future? It certainly seems possible.
It's clear that The Shield has no problem targeting anyone and everyone that it wants to. Given the history between the group and both Cena and Ryback, logic says that the trio might become a major factor in the Cena/Ryback WWE Championship feud.
If the WWE wants to protect both Cena and Ryback in this rivalry, it will need a way to do that. The Shield could very well prove to be the creative team's "out" in this situation.
The WWE obviously wants The Shield to have a major presence in the WWE. The trio would make the biggest impact by being thrust into the middle of the WWE title picture.
2. The Shield Becomes the WWE's New Legend Killer
The Shield just might become the WWE's new "legend killer."
Over the past several months, just look at the part-time legends that the WWE has crossed paths with: Chris Jericho, The Rock and The Undertaker. You have to wonder if this is part of a bigger plan, right?
The WWE will always be looking for ways to write off its part-time superstars, so it would make a ton of sense if The Shield did that by absolutely obliterating every part-time legend that gets in its way.
The trio has already beaten Y2J and laid out The Rock. On this week's Raw, it also came awfully close to taking out The Undertaker. That's very smart booking by creative because it paints a picture that no one, not even the biggest legends of all time, are safe from The Shield.
It would give The Shield a huge rub if the trio were able to rid the WWE of its biggest legends one by one. Of course, it would also set the stage for some major feuds involving The Shield down the road.
We all know that the WWE needs to build up as many new stars as possible. The Shield could be established as top-level superstars if it can lay claim to taking out some of the biggest names in pro wrestling history.
If The Rock, Jericho, Undertaker and even Triple H all fall victim to The Shield, then The Shield will solidify itself as one of the best and most dominant stables we've ever seen.
1. A WWE Tag Team Championship Feud Against Team Hell No
After WrestleMania 29 on Sunday, I wrote an article in which I stated that we might see Team Hell No feud with The Shield after the pay-per-view.
Looks like I was right.
The Undertaker was cutting a promo on Raw this Monday before being interrupted by The Shield. Although it looked like The Shield was going to destroy The Undertaker, Kane and Daniel Bryan made the save to fend off the vulturous trio.
After what transpired among those six men, it looks like the unthinkable may happen: The Undertaker may compete in a non-WrestleMania match when he, Kane and Bryan take on The Shield, possibly at Extreme Rules next month.
Given that Undertaker hasn't competed at a non-Mania PPV since 2010, however, it seems much more likely that Monday's angle was done to set up a feud between The Shield and Team Hell No.
There is, of course, a lot of history between The Shield and Team Hell No, so it makes sense to reignite their rivalry when the first edition of it never really got a proper ending. Throw the WWE Tag Team Championship into the mix, and the creative team could easily up the stakes this time around.
Kane and Bryan really don't have anyone to feud with for the titles these days. The Shield is more than over enough to potentially have a run with the tag team titles under the "Freebird rule." It looks like that might be where this is headed.
Team Hell No vs. The Shield: Part Two sounds like a lot of fun. If Undertaker's there too, it's a bona fide party.
Drake Oz is a WWE Featured Columnist for Bleacher Report. Follow him on Twitter!