The Shield defeated the trio of John Cena, Sheamus and Ryback at the WWE Elimination Chamber pay-per-view. It was a hard-fought victory that saw the ringside area all but destroyed in a war that fans have been anticipating since the match was first announced.
And The Shield rolls on.
I have to say, while I personally did not have a clear-cut prediction of this one, I am pretty impressed by the outcome. After all, I would say that a good number of fans believed Cena and company would steamroll over The Shield with very little effort.
So how did that work out?
The truth is, I found it very curious that so many fans threw their hands up in disgust when John Cena targeted Dean Ambrose, Roman Reigns and Seth Rollins. They believed that John, along with WWE’s newest star in Ryback and the man who is arguably the No. 3 in the company, Sheamus, would defeat The Shield and leave them for dead.
Does the word “bury“ ring a bell?
So now that the match is over and The Shield emerged victorious, I wonder if Cena’s critics still believe that he will ultimately destroy the faction and end any possible forward progress they may have as singles superstars?
Don’t misunderstand me here, I am not a huge supporter of John Cena. I do not have his back despite who criticizes him, and I do not believe that he is not fully capable of pushing anyone down that he perhaps wants to at anytime.
Basically, I am under no illusion as to John’s influence in WWE and how far across the company it can reach.
But the fact is, The Shield looked good on Sunday night. They looked very good. And the three men some fans have been referring to as the “Super-Friends” did not stop The Shield from once again rising to the occasion on a worldwide pay-per-view stage.
Every time it appears as though Ambrose, Reigns and Rollins could perhaps lose some ground, they do exactly what they say they will do and crush everyone in their path. They enter as a unit and they leave as a unit. For fans who are more than ready to see the future of WWE today, there is no better outcome.
WWE is committed to this gimmick and they prove it time and again.
Of course, Ryback was the man who took the pin at the end of the match, so technically the theory that any superstar John Cena touches falls apart is still firmly intact.
But maybe the eventual demise of The Shield does not lie with Cena after all. Ryback is the one who has been the target of more attacks, been the focus of more mayhem than anyone else in WWE. Maybe he is the one who will bring them down.
However, his time for redemption may have already come and gone. He has had opportunities to get even, but it comes in such small doses that by this point, anything he does is too little too late. The Shield has owned him from day one, and it does not look as though it will change anytime soon.
So what happens next with The Shield?
I believe that eventually, Triple H will return to TV and when he does, the time will come that The Shield will be given a choice: Get in the ring full-time, or get out. No more sneak attacks, no more assaults—if they want to be on the big stage of WWE, then it’s time to play the game.
No pun intended.
After all, the stars of NXT are looking to get a shot, the three men of The Shied should jump at the chance to make it happen. And if that scenario does not take place, then perhaps some good old-fashioned internal strife could lead them to turn on each other?
So far, no one has been able to get to them. Seth Rollins, Roman Reigns and Dean Ambrose have all been so incredibly focused and all in full cooperation. So much in fact, that no outside force can even slow them down. With this being the case, maybe the only way they can be stopped is due to self-destruction.
If that does indeed happen, then they will be the first high-profile heel faction since Evolution to end by their own hands, not due to a babyface threat from the outside. This is the kind of trust that is being given to these young superstars to make the gimmick work, and thus far they have more than stepped up to the challenge.
WWE’s Elimination Chamber pay-per-view is another victory for The Shield and does nothing but reinforce the notion that the company is sticking by this idea for the long haul. Dean Ambrose, Roman Reigns and Seth Rollins have all done a great job of getting over as they continue on their path of destruction through WWE. Only time will tell what will happen next.
Do you believe in The Shield?