Report: WWE Intending to Replace The Shield with The Wyatt Family?
Could The Wyatt Family be taking The Shield's spot in WWE?
Since debuting last month on Raw, the Wyatt family—consisting of Bray Wyatt and acolytes Luke Harper and Erick Rowan—has garnered comparisons with The Shield, and it's easy to see why: both stables have three members, both are on the heel side and both have an “outsider” gimmick.
Interestingly, in this week's F4W Newsletter, Bryan Alvarez writes that The Shield may be sliding down the card and making way for Wyatt and friends for various reasons:
The Wyatt Family should be getting a big push soon, likely taking the spot that the Shield has had for a long time. There is still underlying heat on the Shield for reasons talked about in this newsletter in recent weeks (the Undertaker injury that kept him off this show, the big argument backstage with Orton, etc.). Wyatts are considered a HHH project, and with a few of his projects bombing (Sin Cara, Amazing Kong), he's likely going to go hard with this one.
While it is good that WWE is planning to do something worthwhile with the Wyatts, you have to question the wisdom of thinking Wyatt, Harper and Rowan can replace The Shield as the company's top heel group.
Is WWE wrong to demote The Shield over backstage issues?
For one thing, Dean Ambrose, Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns are all excellent workers. The same really can't be said for the Wyatt Family.
Oh, Bray is pretty decent—and clearly has a great knowledge of psychology—but Harper and Rowan are average at best. And neither have shown much in the ring since they were called up either. Will the Wyatt clan be able to wrestle up a storm on television and pay-per-view the way Ambrose, Rollins and Reigns can? Unlikely.
It's also regrettable that WWE has apparently made the call to demote The Shield even further down the card.
While there has, as noted, been backstage issues with group in recent times, are they truly important enough to damage three very promising careers over?
It's genuinely sad if WWE's answer is “Yes.”
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