A few weeks ago, it looked like The Shield was barreling toward a big confrontation with Mark Henry and the Usos at SummerSlam. Now, it's unclear whether the trio of talented rookies are even going to make the card.
On Raw this week, The Shield stood tall at the end of the show. They destroyed Daniel Bryan and John Cena. They chased off Randy Orton. They looked like the dominant force we've seen for most of their run. As if the three title belts they carry wasn't enough, they looked devastating as they ravaged three of the company's top babyfaces.
Yet, for some reason, The Shield doesn't have a serious feud going into the second biggest show of the year. They seem to have settled their score with Henry and the Usos. The most recent top challengers for the WWE tag titles lost in five minutes to Antonio Cesaro and Jack Swagger. Meanwhile, Henry, the most recent WWE title contender, was involved in a confusing non-match with Ryback.
Needless to say, it doesn't look like this feud will continue.
This leaves The Shield directionless at the moment, until WWE decides the next direction for Dean Ambrose, Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns.
Is there heat on the three men backstage? Is the company more concerned with their new three-man power stable, the Wyatt Family? After being a central force in the creative direction from Survivor Series through WrestleMania, The Shield hasn't had any patented shaky cam backstage promos and hasn't levied any justice of late.
All three men have main event talent. They have distinct looks, in-ring styles and characters. They play their roles magnificently. The crowd pops when their music hits and they make the unique entrance through the crowd. Their segments are hotly anticipated, and their matches are must-see.
The Shield should absolutely be on the SummerSlam card, but the show is filling up fast and they may be left off entirely. It looks like we have six matches lined up for the show right now, some announced and others yet to be official: Cena vs. Bryan, Lesnar vs. Punk, Del Rio vs. Christian, Kane vs. Wyatt, Rhodes vs. Sandow and, based on the Raw results, I'd expect Ziggler/Kaitlyn vs. Langston/AJ.
With a Rob Van Dam presumably getting a match on the main card, we may be getting another Shield pre-show bout. It begs the question: Does WWE still believe in The Shield?