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Tuesday, November 12, 2013

The Shield vs the Wyatts - It's not meant to be

If you watched the main event of Raw last night and follow independent wrestling, what you saw on your TV probably seemed like something out of a fever dream. Is that…C.M. Punk and Bryan Danielson teaming up to take on Tyler Black and Jon Moxley?! Wait hold the phone…now Brodie Lee is doing a run-in?! Were we in for the match up that many fans on the internet have been clamoring to see since Wyatts came on the scene? In the words of Dean Ambrose…

The shoving match between the Wyatt Family and the Shield was short-lived as both heel factions remembered that their real beefs were with Punk and Bryan. The dream of the IWC (internet wrestling community) was crushed before it could begin. It was as if a million nerds cried out in joy and were suddenly silenced. Before long, the Usos and the tag team champions, Goldust and Cody Rhodes hit the ring to even the odds in favor of the unlikely team.

It seems like ever since the Wyatts made the move to the main roster from NXT, fans on the internet have been dying to see The Shield take on the Wyatt Family. Which is strange to me, because even though most fans who identify with the IWC also like to think they’re pretty “smart,” what they’re dying to see probably won’t ever happen, considering how the WWE sets up its rivalries and feuds.

Being that both the Wyatt Family and Shield are heel factions, I can’t see the WWE ever pitting the two teams against each other. One team would have to turn face for that to happen and of all the teams and heels in WWE, the Shield and Wyatt Family seem the least likely to turn face. The Shield has been one of the most dominant heel factions in recent memory and turning them into good guys would not be easy to accomplish. Also, the Wyatts have barely established themselves on the main roster as formidable bad guys – turning them face so soon would likely just confuse the majority of fans.

There does seem to be some dissension in the Shield, though. Roman Reigns and Seth Rollins lost the tag team championships to Goldy and Cody at Hell in a Cell and since then, Dean Ambrose has had no problem making it known that he is the only member of the Shield still with a championship around his waist. Whenever he makes comments of those sort, you can see flashes of indignation on the faces of both Reigns and Rollins. While there doesn’t seem to be an outright rift in the Shield, it seems that the WWE could be setting up the hounds of justice for a falling out.

But even if that were to happen – even if Reigns, Rollins and Ambrose decided to go their separate ways – it would be unlikely that all three men turn face, meaning that the Shield, for all intents and purposes, will be no more. I could see the three starting a feud over Ambrose’s belt or, most likely, Reigns and Rollins remain a team and Ambrose strikes out on his own.

The Wyatt Family will most likely continue their rampage through the WWE ranks and probably involve themselves in the tag team title picture once they are through with Punk and Bryan (or once Punk and Bryan move on to other things).

Don’t get me wrong, I wouldn’t mind seeing the Shield and Wyatt Family mix it up. Harper and Reigns going power move for power move or Bray and Ambrose seeing who can make a crazier face. They’re both talented teams but a feud – even a match – between the teams, just doesn’t seem to be in the cards.

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