Possible Scenarios for the Shield After Loss to Wyatt Family
Dean Ambrose, Roman Reigns and Seth Rollins lost to The Wyatt Family at the Elimination Chamber pay-per-view in a gripping bout that was easily the highlight of the entire show.
The reasons for the result aren't difficult to guess: WWE likely decided that the Wyatts needed the win as they head into a high-profile program with John Cena. Considering The Shield looks to be on the verge of splitting up, the loss in Minneapolis can also serve as the final straw.
But what will happen to The Shield now? Well, let's have a look at the most likely scenarios for the trio in the upcoming weeks.
5. WWE Put off the Split Until After WrestleMania
Here's an intriguing thought: What if the three men don't split up right now and WWE makes the call to postpone for a few months? Considering all that is going on—Hulk Hogan's return, WrestleMania season, the new network—it's not like Vince McMahon and his team of writers can give this program the attention it truly deserves right now.
Certainly, waiting until May or June to pull the trigger on the breakup angle would allow it to be a priority on television and pay-per-view, which it isn't right now.
4. Reigns Turns on Ambrose and Rollins
How long before Roman Reigns finally gets sick of Ambrose's domineering and unreasonable attitude and abandons Rollins and him before WrestleMania XXX on April 6?
Honestly, it might be nice to have a clever babyface who takes the initiative and doesn't stand around waiting to get betrayed by his friends for once (see: Dave Batista and Evolution in 2005). Fans will likely respect Reigns far more if he dumps the other two first.
3. The Feud with the Wyatts Could Continue
Who says The Shield is necessarily done with The Wyatt Family following the bout at Elimination Chamber? Indeed, the chaotic ending of the Roman Reigns-Bray Wyatt match on Monday’s Raw strongly indicates this program isn’t over. It’s very possible that Rollins, Reigns and Ambrose may be forced to put their personal differences aside and work together to take on Wyatt and friends—for now, at least.
2. Ambrose and Rollins Turn on Reigns
A jealous Ambrose and Rollins turning on Reigns is a little too obvious, but that doesn't mean WWE shouldn't do it. After all, it's where this angle appears to be going. Is there any real point in throwing out a Russo-like swerve and doing something drastically different? Besides, such a development would probably help establish Reigns as a plucky and sympathetic underdog babyface to the WWE Universe.
1. The Shield Stay Together and Turn Face
Judging by the reaction to their recent battles with the Wyatts, it is obvious that the fans are itching to cheer for Ambrose, Rollins and Reigns. And, really, why wouldn’t they?
They’re three young, charismatic guys who can wrestle up a storm and have been a big highlight of WWE television for the past 18 months. In many respect, they are natural good guys. With this in mind, is it possible the booking team could make the call to forget about the split and just turn them all babyface?