The Shield is the best thing going in WWE today. Seth Rollins, Roman Reigns and Dean Ambrose have taken out countless top stars since their debut at Survivor Series. They’ve made a name for themselves in such a short amount of time.
However, Ambrose will be The Shield’s breakout singles star.
Rollins was the first member to compete in singles action, but lost via disqualification. Ambrose's match against The Undertaker on the April 26 SmackDown was the first time the other members didn't influence the decision.
Although he tapped out from Hell’s Gate in less than five minutes, he held his own against a bona fide Hall of Famer. The Shield ended up getting the last laugh as they triple powerbombed Undertaker through the announcer’s table.
The following week, Ambrose took on the younger of the two Brothers of Destruction, Kane, and won with a headlock driver in 11 minutes.
It’s important that The Shield members, especially Ambrose, break away from the six-man tag matches. Even if the six-man tag matches are very good, too many of them can become stale.
Allowing Ambrose to work in singles action will also give Rollins and Reigns the opportunity to team up and challenge for the tag team titles. It will spread out their appearances and give each member their own identity.
I may be reaching here, but The Shield could be built like Evolution. Triple H was the clear leader, but he was rarely fighting alone. Batista, Randy Orton and Ric Flair were always found helping Triple H retain the world title. In the meantime, the other members were capturing their own titles.
The same could be done with The Shield. Though it may be a while, Ambrose could go after the world title while Rollins and Reigns rule the tag team division. Yet they all help each other, making sure they retain their belts and still dominate the WWE.
Aside from the singles matches, Ambrose is unquestionably the best talker of the three. Every time The Shield cut a promo, Ambrose is the lead talker with the other two being complementary pieces. He is often compared to Heath Ledger’s version of Joker in The Dark Knight. He’s creepy, methodical and psychotic with his words.
Ambrose does not have the typical look Vince McMahon wants in his main stars, 6'4", 250 pounds, but two of WWE’s current stars don’t have that look either—CM Punk and Daniel Bryan. Despite their size, or lack thereof, they have achieved great success and Ambrose could achieve singles success as well.
With CM Punk absent for an unknown amount of time, this is Ambrose’s perfect opportunity to step into the spotlight and be the top heel we all know he can be.