For months and months, the calls have been loud and clear: The Shield have to split in order to be a success moving forward.
They had been a dominant group for at least a year, tearing through the company's roster and making a real name for themselves, becoming hugely impressive along the way.
Roman Reigns had garnered some immense momentum via his performances at Survivor Series and the Royal Rumble, and calls for him to go babyface on his own were certainly there to be heard.
When the calls for them to split were louder than they ever had been, the WWE provided us with an absolutely colossal swerve: They turned The Shield babyface—not just Reigns but the entire group as a trio.
It was fair to say the turn was met with skepticism at first, but there can be no denying that it has been a roaring success. The group have fully endorsed the turn and have become arguably bigger stars than they ever were before as a heel stable.
However, people are still expecting a split to happen at some point in the foreseeable future. There seems to be a bit of a demand for Reigns in particular to split and go his own way, but the WWE should err on the side of caution for the time being and keep the group together as babyfaces.
Let's be honest: They are all incredibly young in terms of their careers with the WWE. All three men have 10 or 15 years to play out at the top end of the company if they play their cards right, so there's plenty of time to change in the future.
Their feud against Evolution is a timely reminder that keeping the group together will leave a greater impact on the company than if they split in their infancy. We are potentially looking at a stable that could be ranked alongside D-Generation X in terms of legacy if they stick together—and feuds against groups like Evolution will only further increase their momentum.
As well as that, the crowd seem to be getting more and more into them. Turning them just a couple of months after they first became babyfaces makes little sense and would only confuse the thousands of wrestling fans who are growing to love The Shield as good guys.
The Shield will split at some point—everyone can see it is going to happen. However, talk of an immediate split has to be cooled over the coming months. They are getting better and better as a face stable, and changing everything now could have disastrous results.