With WWE's #SurvivorSeries right around the corner, things are starting to heat up on both RAW and SmackDown LIVE as they attempt to prove which show is truly the strongest before the major 5-on-5 tag team match at the PPV. However, something worth noting is that all three former members of the dominant faction the Shield will be involved in the match. While Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns will represent RAW, Dean Ambrose will be a part of Team SmackDown LIVE.
With all three former members of the Shield set to be in the same place at the same time, it makes us wonder if WWE is planning on reuniting the dominant trio. If we look back over these past few weeks, there seems to be a few hints that could point towards the return of the Hounds of Justice. And it seems like now would be a better time than any to finally make this take place.
The Time Is Right
The Shield split up in the first half of 2014 — right when they were riding their biggest wave of success yet — after Seth Rollins turned on both of his friends and aligned himself with Triple H and the Authority. This shock led to one of the most bitter rivalries in recent memory as fan-favorites Ambrose and Reigns attempted to get revenge on the traitorous heel Seth Rollins.
Well that was almost three years ago — and three years is long enough. In that time, all three men have gone to become WWE World Heavyweight Champion at separate times, as well as winning multiple other titles including the Intercontinental Championship and the U.S. Championship. With each member pretty much accomplishing all they would wish to accomplish in an amazing three year period, it's time to go back to where they began. After teasing us with reunions throughout the past two years, now is finally the time to make these three superstars reunite and begin dominating anyone who gets in their way.
With the brand split back in effect, the shows have been trying to score any victories they can over the other, and quite frankly a Shield reunion would be just the thing to help whichever show they appeared on to get that much-needed edge.
A Twist We Would Never See Coming
When the traditional 5-on-5 Survivor Series tag team match takes place, it's pretty fair to assume that we would all expect either Team RAW or Team SmackDown LIVE to be crowned victorious over the opposition. However, when you think about it, it's still pretty early to have such a storyline seeing as the brand split only came into effect a few months ago. Thus, it's possible WWE won't risk declaring a supreme brand just yet.
And the best way to avoid that is to pull a major twist. What if no team where to win because the Hounds of Justice felt it wasn't "just" to declare either brand supreme? If this were the case it would completely throw the men's respective RAW and SmackDown LIVE's allegiances up in the air.
With an unpredictable force like the Shield destroying the brand war, it's quite possible that we could see all three of them turning up on any show they choose. Now, wouldn't that be exciting — not knowing when, or where they would strike, and who their victim would be? The Shield's reunion would certainly add an element of surprise to not just Survivor Series but both WWE shows in general. And right now, that element of surprise is so desperately needed.
All Three Men Need A New Storyline
The main reason why a Shield reunion may be upon us is the repetitive storylines all three members have found themselves in. Despite being adored, Rollins has found himself on the losing end of the WWE Championship matches far too often, and the rivalry with Kevin Owens and Chris Jericho over the Universal Championship has gone on long enough.
Similarly, Dean Ambrose has been involved in the same rivalry with AJ Styles over the WWE World Heavyweight Championship since late August, and he has constantly ended up on the losing end of it. While Roman Reigns has had much greater success, capturing the U.S. Championship from Rusev, that is a rivalry we have definitely seen enough of.
With Ambrose, Reigns and Rollins all in need of a change, the only truly worthy option for these three former WWE World Champions is to reunite and become the dominant faction they once were.
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The Only Way To Save Roman Reigns
The curious case of Roman Reigns is something we can attribute to WWE's desire to consistently push him because he was the biggest member of the faction, in spite of fan protest. This has resulted in overwhelming boos flooding the arena every time the Guy arrives.
So the way I see it, there are only two ways of saving Reigns at this point. They could turn him heel, that way the boos would be warranted — much like they did when the same thing happened to Batista in 2014. And that could really work, especially long term, so much so that perhaps by the time they turn him face again, people will have moved on. Or they could have him team-up with Rollins and Ambrose once again. Despite starting off as heels, The Shield went on to become one of the most popular teams in WWE history — and this boost of popularity just might do Reigns' image a great service. Thus, perhaps when they go their separate ways again, fans will have warmed to him naturally — like they were supposed to the first time.
All Three Members Are Face
When Reigns, Rollins and Ambrose were last together things were very different. Three superstars battled for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship in a triple threat match and there was certainly no love loss between them. Dean Ambrose was the babyface champion that everyone loved, Roman Reigns was the face that everyone booed and Seth Rollins was the heel that everyone cheered.
Seth Rollins had betrayed his Shield brethren and was hated by the two of them, and initially hated by fans for doing so. However, adored by fans because of his amazing in-ring skills, Rollins has finally become RAW's top babyface, much like Ambrose has become SmackDown LIVE's top babyface. While Reigns is essentially a tweener, he is still considered face by the company.
With all three men technically portraying good guy roles, now is the perfect time to reunite the Man, the Guy and the Lunatic Fringe. What a force they would be!
Have The Seeds Already Been Planted?
While the traditional Survivor Series tag team matches have a habit of uniting even the most aggressive foes, it should be noted that Rollins and Reigns had no problem standing side by side on RAW, facing off against the two heels — despite their history. Moreover, Jericho and Owens even reminded everyone that the two used to be really close, mocking the Shield.
On that note, despite the fact that all five future teammates tore each other apart in the main event of RAW, Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns never laid a finger on each other and instead, focused on the other three men in the match. Perhaps WWE is doing their best to steer clear of any physicality between the two in order to successfully reunite them with Ambrose as Survivor Series. This possibility is also backed up by the fact that Seth Rollins has come to Roman Reigns' aid lately — and yes, while he only did so because of his own beef with the attackers, it was still something he would never have considered doing a few months ago.
Moreover, the Shield has once again been featured recently on WWE's social media accounts as "The Untold Story Of The Shield's Break-Up" is set to be the first issue of BOOM!'s WWE comic series WWE: Then. Now. Forever. And get this, it actually features a story about Rollins coming to the aid of his former teammates not long after their break-up, during an attack by the Wyatt Family. And as part of the Wyatt Family is on Team SmackDown LIVE, could we see something similar take place on WWE #TV at Survivor Series?
With Survivor Series approaching, things are certainly getting interesting as RAW and SmackDown LIVE collide in an epic tag team match. But the most interesting thing is the possibility that we might see the reunion of one of WWE's most dominant factions, the Shield. With all three members involved in the match, we have to wonder if one — or two — will defect from their brand and join forces with their former destructive cohorts. With some rather compelling hints and the timing, it's quite possible that the Hounds of Justice will once again seek to spread their form of justice across the WWE landscape. The reunion of the Shield may be upon us.
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