The Hounds of Justice scored the biggest victory of their careers at Extreme Rules when they defeated Evolution in a six-man tag match that is one of the front-runners for Match of the Year thus far in 2014. As the feud prepares to bleed into its second month, it is unlikely that they will escape Payback with their arms raised in victory.
At some point, Evolution has to get one over on The Shield in a major way. Thus far, they have left The Shield lying on two separate occasions, and Triple H is responsible for finally getting the United States Championship off of Dean Ambrose via a Battle Royal.
Yet they have done nothing to really halt the momentum of The Shield or force the trio to regroup. The interest is almost completely in the rise of the Hounds of Justice, but, as history and different forms of entertainment will tell us, a hero is only as good as the villain.
The villains in this case are in dire need of that one signature moment that gives fans reason to doubt that The Shield can recover and win. If it does not get that win, the entire angle risks descending into irrelevancy and boredom.
Yes, the members of The Shield should ultimately win the entire program and come out of it far better off than they were before, but without a challenge, without that sense of danger, there really would be no growth of the characters.
Ambrose, Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns will shine, as they always do, but it will be in defeat if the creative team is smart.