Following Seth Rollins’ dramatic—and deeply shocking—departure from The Shield on last Monday’s Raw, Dean Ambrose and Roman Reigns find themselves at a numbers disadvantage.
On Raw, the pair recruited John Cena to its side as it took on Bray Wyatt, Erik Rowan and Luke Harper in the main event. (The babyfaces won.)
But that can hardly be considered a regular thing. Cena has his own established act and really wouldn’t fit in with the rebellious and anti-authority Shield anyway.
Really, the booking team needs to add someone new to the group.
First of all, adding in a third member would solve the numbers problem. Most of the heel stables in the company—Evolution and the Wyatt Family, for example—comprise three members. Ambrose and Reigns can’t keep competing in handicap matches.
They’ll either lose these matches, which wrecks their credibility, or win, which wrecks their opponents’ credibility.
Besides, The Shield is a stable, not a tag team. Ambrose and Rollins desperately need a third man just to cement the fact that they are, you know, a long-lasting group.
Imagine if something happened to one of those guys right now. That would be the end of The Shield, wouldn’t it? At this point, Ambrose and Rollins need a third guy just to secure the stable's future.
It would also present the WWE bookers with a golden opportunity to get a new star over or make an old one relevant again. Sami Zayn—formerly El Generico on the U.S indie scene—would be a wonderful addition to the group. He’s young and talented and has credibility with the IWC.
OK, he might not have the same chemistry with Ambrose and Reigns that Rollins did, but he’d surely fit in well regardless.
Current NXT champion Adrian Neville is another strong candidate. He could use The Shield as a great platform to get over, assuming he is eventually called up.
Throwing in an established member of the roster is also an intriguing idea.
Interestingly, as WrestlingInc mentions, the company’s official site recently did a poll asking fans who they thought should join the stable next, with Cody Rhodes, Dolph Ziggler, Daniel Bryan and former WWE performer John Morrison making up some of the options. (Bryan won, by the way.)
While it is just a poll, it could be an indication that WWE is at least contemplating adding someone to the group in the near future.
Let’s hope it does. Rollins’ departure doesn’t have to be the beginning of the end for The Shield. Instead, it could be the start of a bold new direction.