Per a recent report, WWE's booking crew is about to get very serious about the Roman Reigns push.
Thanks to his formidable size and in-ring skills, Shield member Reigns has "future main event star" written all over him.
OK, so he doesn't have Dean Ambrose's charisma or Seth Rollins' ability to take great-looking bumps, but nonetheless, he stands out in the group. He's easily one of the best big-man workers the company has ever seen. Come on: Has the guy ever had a bad match or poor performance?
Fans have already been dropped several subtle hints that the 28-year-old is splitting with The Authority and turning babyface soon. He's recently been shown to be increasingly disgruntled by Ambrose's egotistical behavior and rarely looks happy being out there with Triple H and friends.
In this week's (subscribers-only) Wrestling Observer Newsletter, Dave Meltzer writes that we should expect the wrestler to turn very soon:
As of this week, the Reigns turn is scheduled to be fast-tracked and they are looking at him as being the new young golden boy of the promotion. Although on Raw this week they did nothing past put him in a position where his spear on Show was designed to pop people.
The downside of this is that it means the end of The Shield, surely one of the best heel stables the company has ever had.
Who is the real star of The Shield?
Sure, Ambrose and Rollins could call up someone else from developmental to be a new member (Kassius Ohno, perhaps?), but it remains to be seen whether a new person will share the same in-ring chemistry with them that Reigns did.
Truly, Reigns, Rollins and Ambrose are on a roll right now. Week after week, the trio are churning out the best matches on Raw, SmackDown and pay-per-view.
After less than a year on the main roster, is it too soon to split them up? Can't WWE prolong the babyface turn longer? Is there any real rush to get Reigns away from the other two?