What's Next for the Shield After Losing the WWE Tag Team Titles?

Sebastian MaldonadoFeatured ColumnistOctober 18, 2013

The Shield, before losing the tag titles. Photo courtesy of wwe.com
The Shield, before losing the tag titles. Photo courtesy of wwe.com

The Shield could be on the verge of implosion.

The team of Roman Reigns and Seth Rollins lost the tag team titles to Cody Rhodes and Goldust on the October 14 edition of RAW. They fought in a no disqualification match nearly to a standstill, until the Big Show arrived from the crowd.

Big Show took out each member and knocked out Reigns, allowing Cody Rhodes to pick up the victory for him and his brother. Reigns and Rollins have been taken down, and now they must rebound from their loss.

What’s next for The Shield after losing their WWE tag team titles?

The immediate next step is their eventual rematch. Rollins and Reigns wrestled a fantastic match against the Rhodes brothers. It had the intensity needed for a free TV main event. It started slow but built up to a big finale with amazing repercussions. The Rollins & Reigns duo earned another shot for those titles. Their loss, however, will add a new wrinkle to Triple H’s plans, who is using the trio as his enforcers of his new regime. They don’t look that special now.

The only member holding gold is Dean Ambrose, who won his United States title the same night as his fellow partners. Could jealousy rear its ugly head? Could Ambrose’s partners resent him for still being champion?

It’s unlikely that will happen immediately. However, that implosion is coming. The Shield has been a unit since the 2012 Survivor Series, nearly a year later. The trio has won almost every challenge thrown against them in clutch situations. Their victims in six-man tag matches include John Cena, Daniel Bryan, Randy Orton and even The Undertaker.

What else is there for them to do? Simple; time to go their separate ways.

Their quest for improving their WWE careers shouldn’t stop with The Shield. This should only be the beginning. All three men look impressive in singles matches, let alone tag team matches.

One can only imagine The Shield going their separate ways sooner than later. Now that they are no longer the champions, will they fall further off the ladder?

Will Reigns and Rollins lose to other tag teams such as the Wyatt Family, the Real Americans and the Primetime Players? Only time will tell for this duo.

Ambrose, on the other hand, could be in worse shape. He’s the only one of his group with a title, and now he has the target on his back. It’s only a matter of time before he is known as the former United States champion.

This leaves us to deal with The Shield’s eventual disintegration. They’ve been together long enough to make an impact. It’s time for the WWE to plant the seeds and slowly watch them split apart.

The Shield was and still is a great stable in the WWE. But frankly, it’s time to break up the band while they can still perform great!