I know I know the Shield have just been getting started as a face group, and it’s one of the few times we’ve had a stable of faces that are strong in WWE. But I have to say that I’m so impressed with each guy in their own work that I am ready for each one to shine on their one. I think this Payback match will tell the story of who we expect to see get some run first out of the gate.
You look at each guy and you can definitely see the good in each. Roman Reigns is personally my favorite. I think some have said his mic skills are a little under where they should be, but for the most part, I feel like he delivers how he needs to. Obviously in the ring, he’s got some great energy flowing and when he first hit that spear on Triple H the night after Wrestlemania, I jumped out of my seat. It was such a good moment for him. Come Payback, I could see him being the last of the Shield standing.
How about Seth Rollins, who has definitely come around more and more as he’s been featured much more? He’s a guy that I thought would be the odd man left out, but not so much anymore. Finally, he’s not talking outside the ring during a match, which was something that didn’t rub me the right way. I think he’s toned down what he can say on the mic and delivers it in his own way. Plus, the ring work is there, so that’s always a plus. I don’t know if he’ll end up as high as Reigns, but having a solid career is easily achieved for him.
Finally, we look at Dean Ambrose, who just has that feel so much of a heel, but has been working strong as a face. I personally would throw him into Evolution if they want someone to replace Batista as I do believe the heel side is a better way to use Ambrose. But I think he’ll end up just fine down the road, and would be interested to see where he goes once the Shield disbands.
Just think a few months ago, we assumed the end of the road was there for the Shield and now they’re one of the most popular faces on the roster. Shows how much we know. But it also proves that working the right way is what you need to do to achieve. I don’t know when this run will end, but if I was booking, it would probably be after Summerslam.
No need to have each guy feud with each other, but more of just walking away to each of their separate paths. I think Roman Reigns will be that guy that we’ll be seeing more and more of in a singles run. But ultimately, each guy is ready for that light to shine on their own, and I can’t wait. Believe in that.