WWE television over the past few weeks has made one thing clear: Dean Ambrose, Roman Reigns and Seth Rollins are on the verge of becoming WWE’s next big babyface act.
The trio’s current storyline with Triple H and The Authority also puts them in a strong position to get over. Along with Daniel Bryan, they are standing up to the McMahon’s evil regime—and the fans love and adore them for it.
Look at the ending of last Monday’s Raw—arguably one of the best final segments in the flagship show’s history.
Ambrose, Reigns and Rollins stormed to the ring to save the new WWE world heavyweight champion from a brutal beatdown by Triple H and his cronies—to the roaring approval of the fans in attendance.
They fit naturally into the babyface role, too.
While many stars become watered down and bland as soon as they turn face—look at Dolph Ziggler or Dave Batista—Ambrose, Reigns and Rollins are as arrogant, rebellious and rude as they ever were.
They just happen to be playing a bit fairer now and take out their rage on more deserving targets.
As the trio’s recent interviews with Renee Young illustrate, they’re also wickedly funny.
Yes, after years and years of lame and sophomoric John Cena jokes that miss the mark hugely, wrestling fans are actually getting comedy that is genuinely hilarious.
They’re cool, charismatic and talented. It’s easy to see a lot of young male fans liking them. For kids, the three also represent a cooler alternative to John Cena or Bryan. (The new masks, especially, seem like the type of merchandise created mainly to appeal to children.)
They’re all good looking guys, too, something that will surely help them garner a significant female fanbase.
What’s more, they genuinely come off as friends and guys who get along well with each other. Considering WWE usually likes to paint its babyfaces as loner-types, this is a refreshing change of pace.
WWE seems to be truly onto something with these guys. It’s crazy to think that just a couple of months ago, the writers were on the verge of breaking the three up and script them to go their separate ways.
Man, what a colossal error that would have been. The company dodged a bullet there.
Will The Shield be WWE's next big babyface act?
It is not hyperbole to claim that booked correctly, The Shield could end up being a DX for this era. Yes: They are that talented.
Now let’s just hope the booking team is as fully behind Ambrose, Rollins and Reigns as I am and gives them a clean and credible victory over Evolution in the near future.
Really, if WWE is going to get the group off to a strong start—that has to be the first step.