The Shield Must Defeat Evolution to Maintain Momentum

Erik BeastonFeatured ColumnistApril 21, 2014


Since their turn on Kane in the weeks leading up to WrestleMania, there are very few acts in WWE that can claim to be as hot as The Shield.

That one moment of defiance in which the trio betrayed The Authority and stood united in the name of justice ignited a wave of fan support that has seen Dean Ambrose, Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns become three of the most popular stars on the roster. More importantly, it has elevated them to a main event program against Triple H, Randy Orton and Batista, the reunited Evolution.

To maintain the momentum they have built to this point, they need a win over the faction full of former WWE and World Heavyweight champions.

The Shield has proven itself for the better part of two years, competing against the top opposition WWE has to offer and delivering outstanding wrestling matches in nearly every outing. The Hounds of Justice have defeated John Cena, Randy Orton, Daniel Bryan, Kane, Sheamus and the legendary Undertaker en route to achieving the reputation they have right now.

While beating those Superstars helped to enhance their presence and create stars out of Ambrose, Rollins and Reigns, they have yet to defeat a historically great faction or team such as Evolution in a big pay-per-view setting. With the chance to really heighten The Shield's presence in the main event scene via a win over the all-time great Triple H and highly decorated Batista and Randy Orton, reunited as one solid group as Evolution, the company must capitalize on the heat surrounding the young trio and reward their hard work and tremendous momentum by putting them over the boss and his proteges.

At this point, Triple H, Batista and Orton don't have anything to gain from beating Rollins, Reigns and Ambrose in a major six-man tag team match. They do not need to be reestablished as a dominant faction for today's audience because everyone already perceives those men to be elite performers in the industry. Outside of padding their already impressive win-loss records and adding to their Hall of Fame resumes, the win accomplishes nothing and could seriously and adversely affect the momentum The Shield has built over the last two months.

There are still more eyes on the product than usual at this point, thanks to a buzz-worthy WrestleMania 30. Why not capitalize on what has been a great few weeks for the company by showing those fans that the winds of change are blowing through WWE and that the company can maintain those winds by continuing to elevate deserving young talent while also introducing new acts to catch the audience's collective eye?

The Shield is ready to ascend to the top of the WWE mountain. A win over Evolution at Extreme Rules would allow the group to do just that, all the while continuing Triple H's role of doing what is truly right for business by doing the job for the next wave of extraordinary stars.

The crowd's reaction to Rollins, Reigns and Ambrose coming to Bryan's aid on the post-WrestleMania episode of Raw indicates that fans are ready to accept the trio as top-tier talent. Capitalize on it, and ensure the future of WWE is a bright one. Fail, and the missed opportunity could come back to haunt the company in the weeks and months that follow.