Views From The Turnbuckle: Breaking Down The Future Of The Shield
About a year ago I wrote an article about The Shield and why they were the best thing in WWE that was currently going on. Over the past year, a lot has changed with The Shield, but one thing has remained the same: The Shield still rules.
As expected, The Shield has added a lot more depth to their characters and have even made a successful face turn, and are set to main event a PPV against a major opponent in Evolution. The Shield have entrenched themselves as one of WWE's most equitable assets, and have consistently had matches that are amongst the best on their respective cards. With all that being said however, it has become apparent that The Shield are destined to be broken up soon, probably within the next few months. In fact, it appeared that they were ready to break up in time for a match at Wrestlemania, before WWE put the brakes on that one for whatever reason. With The Shield's days as a group numbered, it is interesting to see how WWE will go forward with each guy as an individual. I thought it would be fun to break down each members prospective chances as a solo wrestler.
A year ago I hypothesized that Ambrose was the member of The Shield with the brightest potential, and that he was for sure a future world champion. While those predictions could end up being true, the series of events over the last year or so have changed my opinion on Ambrose. I can no longer say that Ambrose has the most potential of the three members of The Shield, in fact, right now, he might actually be at the bottom of that totem pole.
This has nothing to do with Ambrose though; it has to do with the other two members of The Shield stepping up their games and possibly usurping Ambrose. Ambrose was given the United States Championship, and although WWE has recognized his lengthy title reign, he hasn't really defended it many times, and it has basically became a non-factor when it comes to evaluating Ambrose.
Ambrose in the ring is still very good. He is not quite as naturally athletic as his teammates, but he is still very refined and has a wide arsenal of moves. He still reminds me quite a bit of Edge, as Ambrose has a similar build to the former world champion and he wrestles with a certain flair of unorthodoxy that is relatively unique to wrestlers today.
On the microphone, Ambrose is still the best speaker of The Shield. Ambrose hasn't really gotten a ton of microphone time, but when he does, he is excellent at getting his point across and increasing anticipation of the current storylines.
Ambrose still has the potential to be a big time main event level wrestler for WWE, but when The Shield eventually breaks up, only one of the three members is going to get the push to go right into the main event scene. A year ago, I would have bet the house on Ambrose being the one to receive that push, but now, I don't find it to be nearly as likely.
Rollins, far and away right now, is the best pure wrestler in The Shield. Inside the ring, Rollins can really do it all. He can fly around the ring, he can brawl, he can exchange holds, and he even has a few power moves in his repertoire. In addition, Rollins is an excellent seller and has a great understanding of the pace of a WWE match, something that a lot of guys who came from the independents like Rollins did; have a hard time adjusting too. Rollins has been the biggest contributor to the fact that The Shield has often had the best matches on the card.
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