The Shield and the Wyatt Family's Promising Feud Ended Far Too Soon

The Doctor Chris Mueller@@BR_DoctorFeatured ColumnistMarch 13, 2014


The Wyatt Family and The Shield stole the show at The Elimination Chamber by providing fans with quite possibly the best six-man tag match we have seen since The Fabulous Freebirds vs. The Von Erichs.

Then they delivered again on Raw last Monday. So can someone please explain why this feud is already over?

When the two groups first came face to face in the ring a couple months back, the roof nearly blew off the arena. Fans didn't care that both teams were heel, they just wanted to see a fight.

And what a fight it was. When they finally locked horns, The Shield and The Wyatt Family not only outperformed the main event Chamber match, but they made everyone else on the roster look like they didn't matter.

And it wasn't just the in-ring action the fans loved. The promos delivered by both teams to hype the match were top-notch, which is what we have come to expect from both groups.

WWE doesn't capture lightning in a bottle like this very often, and it should have capitalized more on the incredible chemistry these six men have and the level of excitement the fans showed whenever they were in the ring together.

There have been a lot of great feuds over the years, but every so often, there is one that comes along that fans can't help but freak out over.

We saw it happen with Hulk Hogan and Andre The Giant. We saw it with Shawn Michaels and Bret Hart. We saw it with The Rock and Steve Austin. And we saw it again with The Shield and The Wyatt Family.

Daniel Bryan pretty much owns the WWE Universe at the moment, but the "Yes!" chants were packed away when The Shield and The Wyatt Family were in the ring together. That has to say something about the value of this program.

But instead of an extended feud with a lot of build and numerous matches spread out across a few months, we had a couple quick fights, one big pay-per-view match and a few bouts on TV.

WWE could have made numerous combinations of singles and tag matches until finally having both groups face off at WrestleMania 30.

A feud with John Cena might give Bray Wyatt a bit more spotlight than a feud with The Shield, but not by much. The WWE Universe lets you know when it likes someone, and fans made their voices heard during the Wyatts vs. Shield match loud and clear.

We no longer live in an era of babyfaces automatically getting pops and heels automatically getting heat. We live in an era where the wrestlers fans cheer for are the wrestlers they like.

The WWE fans have always been vocal, but the past couple of years has seen a big upswing in fan participation.

Fans participating in "Yes!" chants, Fandangoing, screaming "This is awesome" and cheering for the Superstars they want to see, not the Superstars WWE wants them to cheer for, have become commonplace at WWE events.

Batista returned as a babyface and got booed out of the building at The Royal Rumble, John Cena gets mixed reactions wherever he goes and The Shield and The Wyatt Family often get great reactions. Trying to make the WWE Universe do what you want them to do is like trying to make a fish fly.

(And before anyone tries to get clever, I am fully aware of the Exocoetidae. My analogy is still apt.)

Extended feuds can become stale and repetitive, but with two talented teams of three men, there would be more than enough combinations of potential matches to keep the angle going for several months.

This feud also made the six men involved up their game even more. Luke Harper even hit a suicide dive during both matches. You just don't see guys like him doing moves like that.

This feud did not need a good guy because everything else about it worked so well, and Roman Reigns is basically becoming a babyface due to the fact that he is so good that nobody will boo the guy anymore.

This feud was great, but it could have been epic. WWE pulled the plug on The Wyatt Family vs. The Shield way too soon, and hopefully we get to see another match between the two teams before The Shield's eventual implosion.

What do you think? Should WWE have given this angle more time to mature, or was the company right to end it before anyone got sick of it?


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