Seth Rollins was the right man to turn on The Shield.
Why did Rollins leave and not his other teammates? It’s quite simple: He needed to leave the most.
Reigns, the enforcer of the group, has come a long way from being the group’s muscle and will be fine when it’s all said and done. Bright plans are in place in Reigns’ future, especially with the latest rumored plans for WrestleMania 31, per WrestleZone. Reigns has all of the tools the WWE looks for in a star, so he’ll have plenty of opportunities to succeed.
In my opinion, Ambrose was a strong candidate to make the turn. The alleged ringleader has an unhinged personality that fans gravitate toward. He would have made an excellent addition to Evolution. Unfortunately, Ambrose betraying his teammates would have been predictable.
This leaves Rollins, the turn no one saw coming. In fact, the WWE Creative team hid it well as a late addition to the Raw script, according to PWInsider.com (via WrestleZone).
What makes Rollins the right man over Reigns and Ambrose? Rollins is the high-flyer of the group, taking risks and somersaulting on his opponents. He is their aerial expert, using his speed and quickness to take out his enemies.
Rollins also grew with his fellow teammates, becoming better in his promo work. He also has a unique look, far from the usual cookie-cutter face. He personifies more of a rebel. Frankly, Reigns and/or Ambrose turning would put Rollins in the backseat. He would have been overshadowed by his teammates, which would additionally make this turn even more necessary for Rollins. The WWE future is now secure.
Seth Rollins was the right man to turn on The Shield. He needed it the most and will only thrive under Evolution’s guidance. Rollins doesn’t need to worry about his future; he holds it firmly in his hands.
Peoria, Ill. – The Shield joined an elite group of Superstars by granting their first individual wish when they met Make-A-Wish’s Jessie.
An honor bestowed upon few, Seth Rollins, Roman Reigns and United States Champion Dean Ambrose were humbled by their visit with the 14-year-old, which happened just a few days before WWE and Make-A-Wish celebrated World Wish Day on April 29. “It was awesome,” Rollins said. “Jessie was in super good spirits. She had a lot of fun. She had a heck of a hug on her!”
Rollins agreed with his fellow Shield member’s sentiment about the teen from Elkhorn, Wisc.
“Anytime you can meet someone who is that excited — and you can see that much joy in their eyes and you can feel it when you hug them — and they’re squeezing you and you can tell they don’t want to let go, it’s humbling,” Rollins said. “It’s a blessing to be involved with something so special.”
Ambrose said it’s a powerful feeling to know that as a Superstar, he could make a young WWE fan’s day so much brighter by just saying hello. “Just to see somebody so happy just to see you … it makes you feel really good that you’re able to do something nice for somebody without really having to do anything,” the United States Champion said. “The benefit is to us, because it makes us feel so good.”
Rollins was incredibly flattered to join the ranks of John Cena, Daniel Bryan, Rey Mysterio and the other Superstars and Divas who have been asked for individual wishes.
“It’s just an honor that she chose us to do that,” Rollins told WWECommunity.com. “It’s really humbling and an awesome experience.”
WWE.com — Since being hired as Director of Operations by The Authority, the always volatile Kane has struggled at times to act in a manner befitting an impartial administrative figure. When challenged, he has often unleashed Big Red rage on any Superstars who refused to respect the rule of WWE COO Triple H & Stephanie McMahon. And now that The Shield has stopped following the company line, The Devil’s Favorite Demon will partner with The New Age Outlaws at The Showcase of the Immortals to attempt to put The Hounds of Justice in their place.
In a little more than a year’s time, the black-clad trio of Roman Reigns, Seth Rollins & United States Champion Dean Ambrose has laid waste to the likes of The Undertaker, The Rock, Daniel Bryan and Big Show. All the while, their unique brand of justice has often brought them into an unspoken alliance with The Authority along the way. However, after infighting and jealousy caused The Hounds to suffer heartbreaking defeats to The Wyatt Family, an intense “Shield Summit” on SmackDown brought Reigns, Rollins & Ambrose into a renewed unity that would spell destruction for anyone in their path — including, as it turned out, high-ranking Authority brass.
When Kane began talking down to The Shield and order them to administer beat downs to Big Show and Jerry Lawler respectively, the triumvirate refused to comply, instead turning their assault on the Director of Operations.
In response, Kane enlisted the services of the six-time Tag Team Champions, The New Age Outlaws, to help deliver a retaliatory strike to The Shield during a WWE Tag Team Title No. 1 Contenders Fatal 4-Way Match. It’s hard to ignore that Road Dogg & Billy Gunn have longstanding ties with The Authority’s Triple H, which date back to their days of running roughshod over Superstars as part of DX.
Will the Attitude Era stalwarts make The Shield regret ever crossing their “Authority”? Or will The Hounds of Justice prove on The Grandest Stage of Them All that, when united, the WWE Universe is indeed still their yard? Find out when WrestleMania 30 airs live on WWE Network, Sunday April 6!
WWE.COM: Is there camaraderie backstage among the guys that came from Ring of Honor?
BRYAN: I wouldn’t say camaraderie. It’s more of a respect. But there’s camaraderie with some of us, we just have very similar senses of humor. We don’t necessarily talk all the time, but there’s that respect that we came from the same place. And I’m really excited for [WWE NXT Superstar] Sami Zayn to come up, too, because he shared that journey with a lot of us. There are some great guys that are coming up or who are not on TV yet.
CABANA: We were all able to figure out what we were doing right and wrong as wrestlers, performers and artists. That process is what put us all together. There’s that bond there that we all went through that battle for no money and very little fanfare for the love of professional wrestling. So, of course, when I’m in a locker room with a guy, we know we’ve done battle together. We’ve helped mold a generation of wrestling on an independent scale.
WWE.COM: The Authority often says on TV that Daniel Bryan doesn’t have the right look to be “The Face of WWE.” Do you think the mold of what a top Superstar looks like is changing due to the stars coming from Ring of Honor?
ROLLINS: I would say so, yeah. That’s a real thing. If you look at the history of who were the main guys in WWE, Hulk Hogan and Ultimate Warrior were who people clapped for. Bodybuilding was bigger then. Arnold [Schwarzenegger] was so big and that was the look. As time evolved, MMA started to come to the forefront a little bit more and the look of a fighter, a man who was dangerous, started to change and evolve. That carried over into professional wrestling and it became easier for people to buy into guys who were our size, but had an extraordinary skillset. We didn’t have to be Herculean to be contenders. And I just think it was cultural shift more than anything, not just a WWE shift. Continue Reading
Sierra, Hotel, India … The Shield has muscled its way into WWE history. The formidable pair of Seth Rollins & Roman Reigns – two-thirds of the guerilla unit that has laid WWE to waste for nearly a year – officially crossed into the top five longest WWE Tag Team Championship reigns this weekend when they notched Day 147 with the titles, dispatching The Hart Dynasty and Air Boom to the confines of a No. 6 tie. The Shield’s time-tested combination of in-ring strategy and pure, brutal efficiency more than earned them their current spot on the all-time list, but as ever in WWE, the hard work is just beginning.
Even though they’re firmly ensconced on the all-time list – and with no end in sight to their current stint as champions – Rollins & Reigns’ path to No. 1 runs through the reigns of four other teams, all of whom were world-beaters in their own right. From bickersome buddies to curious conquerors, WWE.com counts down the rest of the top 5 that The Shield must crack in order to reach that elusive No. 1 spot. So, on behalf of WWE.com, congratulations to Rollins & Reigns, and good luck, you’re going to need it.