The Shield Reunites on WWE Raw: Dream Opponents for The Hounds of Justice
The Shield joined forces once more on WWE Raw, stepping into a landscape dotted with a whole new set of enemies.
Since Seth Rollins betrayed Roman Reigns and Dean Ambrose in 2014, gutting The Hounds of Justice, teams have formed in their absence, stars have risen and fresh talent has joined the roster. The swarming, relentless trio has now reformed and finds itself in a reshaped WWE. The possibilities for thrilling bouts are everywhere.
Ambrose, Reigns and Rollins stood together on Monday's Raw on the entrance ramp, staring down The Miz and The Bar. They took revenge on the heels who have mocked and ambushed them over the past weeks.
And with that, The Shield was reborn.
The three-man wrecking crew's first match since the split is now official. Ambrose, Reigns and Rollins will square off against The Miz, Cesaro, Sheamus and Braun Strowman at the TLC: Tables, Ladders & Chairs pay-per-view on Oct. 22 in Minneapolis.
But what battles await them afterward? What superteams are must-book foes for The Shield?
The following is a look at matchups for The Hounds of Justice that would make the most of the trio's return. Star power, story and action are the biggest factors in making a case for these teams to be the ones to step up to The Shield.
The New Day
The New Day has been WWE's best trio since The Shield collapsed.
Big E, Xavier Woods and Kofi Kingston entertain in and out of the ring. They are charismatic, funny and creative goofballs when needed and hard-nosed warriors when the situation turns more serious. When given high-quality opponents, The New Day has produced electric showdowns on WWE TV.
The former tag champs are fresh off a barnburner of a match against The Usos at Hell in a Cell. There's no doubt Big E, Woods and Kingston would give The Shield a match to remember.
The New Day would kill it on the mic leading up to this clash, too.
This inter-brand showdown is a must while the two teams are still active. This is a Survivor Series six-man classic waiting to happen.
The Undisputed Era
NXT's pack of wolves would make ideal foes for The Shield.
Adam Cole, Kyle O'Reilly and Bobby Fish have been tearing through WWE's third brand since Cole's arrival this summer. Their viciousness and unity are reminiscent of The Hounds of Justice. What better way to introduce and showcase this rising tandem than by having them step up to The Shield?
The former Ring of Honor stars are all skilled technical wrestlers and strong overall in-ring performers. They would give The Shield one of the best pure wrestling matches it has experienced.
The Undisputed Era could invade Raw for a brief stay on the red brand. Or the group could call out The Shield and have Ambrose, Reigns and Rollins travel to NXT for a huge crossover moment.
The Authors of Pain and Samoa Joe
Samoa Joe has a contentious history with both Rollins and Reigns. Once he recovers from his knee injury, it would be mighty easy to have The Destroyer stomp toward one of those foes with unfinished business on his mind.
To back him up, WWE should dip into the NXT talent pool.
Akam and Rezar, The Authors of Pain, are a pair of overpowering hosses. They have quickly gone from inexperienced big men to entertaining apex predators. They seem to thrive in chaotic matches much like The Shield.
Aligning Joe and The Authors of Pain wouldn't be much of a stretch. As a fellow wide-shoulder powerhouse with a nasty glare, he would fit right in with Paul Ellering's dominant duo. The three men posed backstage during an NXT event in Tampa, Florida, last year—and boy, did that group look good together.
The Destroyer, Akam and Rezar would form one of the few groups that would feel like a legit threat to The Shield thanks to their size and strength.
And the path to calling those guys up from NXT is easy. Joe would come out and bark at The Shield, promising to take them down. When they laughed him off, The Authors of Pain would emerge from the shadows with their fists cocked.
A battle of the ages would follow.
Finn Balor and The Club
Finn Balor, Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson should do some reuniting of their own. They once teamed together as The Bullet Club for New Japan Pro-Wrestling.
WWE has yet to tap into that past and put these warriors on the same team.
With The Shield in need of buzz-worthy three-man groups, that should change. Balor and The Club working together is a no-brainer. It would immediately give Gallows and Anderson some much-needed spark.
And Balor has proved he can take down Reigns. There's some history to build on between those two.
This is a dream match pitting one of NJPW's most popular squads against the beloved Hounds of Justice.
The Kingslayer himself is certainly into the idea. "I think that would be a fantasy warfare," Rollins told Daniel Cutts of The Sun about the possibility of facing The Bullet Club. "We'd have a blast in the ring, we could make some magic if it ever came down to it."