Views From The Turnbuckle: Breaking Down The Future Of The Shield
Rollins, probably because he is the best wrestler of the bunch, has been the main Shield member that is going into one on one matches with elite talents. CM Punk, John Cena, Daniel Bryan, Rollins has wrestled them all. The fact that WWE has chosen Rollins to wrestle those guys and not Ambrose and Reigns is potentially telling for his future.
On the microphone, Rollins is not as polished as Ambrose, but, combined with his in-ring skills, his mic skills are passable enough to get him into the main event picture. Similar to Ambrose, Rollins just really hasn't gotten that much screen time to work on the microphone. In addition, most of the mic time that is attributed to The Shield is devoted towards Ambrose.
Rollins doesn't have the mic skills of Ambrose or the physique of Roman Reigns, but he is the best in-ring performer of the trio, and with WWE starting to move towards a more in-ring based product with elite workers like Daniel Bryan and Cesaro getting big pushes, Rollins might just end up beating the odds to become a world champion faster than either of his compatriots.
Reigns was very much the wild card when The Shield first started. He didn't have the extensive wrestling background of Rollins or Ambrose, and his work in NXT was limited. When he first debuted, we didn't really know if he was going to be the next Triple H or the next Nathan Jones. Thankfully, he has shown to be much closer to the former than the latter.
Reigns is still pretty far behind the other two when it comes to in-ring skills and his mic skills leave a lot to be desired, but he has made a strong leap in the right direction since his debut. He does a good job of doing only the moves in the ring that he is comfortable utilizing, while steadily adding more and more stuff into his arsenal as the months have gone by. His mic skills have not really gotten any attention at all, mainly because his role right now only requires him to stand around and look menacing. If he is ever going to be the main eventer that many hope he will be, we are going to need to see a big improvement in that department.
Reigns is pretty much the opposite of Rollins when it comes to working with top talent in one-on-one matches; he has only participated in nine singles matches since he came up from developmental. Reigns has still not really shown that he can carry himself in a one-on-one match the way that Ambrose and Rollins has. However, Reigns has made a lot of improvements over the last year and his impressive pedigree and athleticism will likely allow him to continue to make great strides as a professional wrestler.
Rumor has it that The Shield are going to break up, launching a feud between just Triple H and Roman Reigns, which would obviously give him the advantage of being the main event player coming out of The Shield. Reigns getting the rub from Triple H is a big of a sign as you are going to get from WWE that this guy is going to be a future world champion.
One thing that The Shield members have greatly benefited from is that being a singular group has made it much easier to keep them all relevant. One storyline is enough to encompass all three members, and keep them in the spotlight. When they eventually break up, it will be much harder to get three different guys with different agendas into the spotlight at once, so that will become their next big challenge in their respective careers. Who will be given the chance to seize the spotlight? That is something that we are just going to have to wait and find out later down the road.
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