You have to question how wise WWE’s decision to make The Shield Triple H’s new henchmen is.
On the plus side, after having spent a few months on the sidelines, at least Dean Ambrose, Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns have returned to prominence in WWE.
This “corporate takeover” storyline is currently the biggest thing going on in the company and will likely be for months to come.
The bad news is the trio is pretty obviously far down the pecking order when it comes to importance.
The McMahons appear to have drafted them to the cause to be their personal security, or hired henchmen. (Hey, fighting for “justice” is all well and good, but Ambrose, Rollins and Reigns need their paychecks too!)
The Shield as glorified security guards wouldn’t be so bad if Triple H was not so openly dismissive of them (he even struggled to remember their names on a recent edition of Raw).
Indeed, during their segments with the corporation the three often come off as afterthoughts, only there as backup to the real stars.
That they seem to have trouble dealing with Daniel Bryan—just one man—doesn’t exactly aid their credibility either. They’ve also struggled to defeat Dolph Ziggler in recent handicap matches despite having a three-on-one advantage.
OK, so this isn’t a terrible role for them and, as noted, it does boost the three’s profiles considerably.
But surely Ambrose, Rollins and Reigns should be mixing it up in the main event scene again. Why else did the company push them so strongly for the first six months of their WWE careers? Surely not just to end up as second-rate enforcers.
The company has something with the compelling, charismatic Ambrose in particular. Why isn’t he currently on his way to becoming a huge singles star in his own right?
This storyline isn’t squandering his momentum, but it’s not boosting it either.
In fairness to WWE, it’s very possible this whole angle will culminate in The Shield getting tired of taking orders and turning face—an interesting idea—and turning on their corporate bosses.
That would certainly be an intriguing twist.
Let’s hope that is where this is all going. Because while the role of corporate enforcers isn’t a terrible one for Rollins, Ambrose and Reigns, it is a very limited one. And it can’t really help them become a main event act against once again.