Reigns. Rollins. Ambrose.
Long ago, the three shield members lived in harmony. Then everything changed when the Authority attacked.
…And then the Authority nearly destroyed one of the greatest storylines to exist in the PG-Era history. After creating an iconic Wrestlemania moment in having Seth Rollins cash in his Money In The Bank briefcase on the main event between Roman Reigns and Brock Lesnar, everything went downhill. We were subjected to Rollings being terribly booked, forced to look weak against top competitors (Lesnar, Cena, Orton) and given over the hill veterans to beat cleanly (Sting, Kane) did very little to legitimize him as the top heel in the company. A freak injury causing him to vacate the title became the only reason fans noticed the void he truly filled, especially since that made the Authority the top heel in the company, against a rather unconvincing Roman Reigns in one of the most underwhelming year long feuds to date. Having Ambrose and the Usos play as his underlings most of the year, and culminating in an anticlimactic and predictable Wrestlemania main event, having Reigns defeat Triple H to become the WWE World Heavyweight Champion.
Fast forward two months, and we are approaching the 2016 Money In the Bank PPV. Dean Ambrose (aka the ‘Michelle Williams’ of the group, with the way WWE Creative decides to book him) now has a in ring talk show segment and his guests are none other than his two former Shield teammates, Reigns as the Reigning WWE World Heavyweight Champion, and Rollins, the #1 contender since returning from injury. Here, we get a glimpse of the long awaited in ring reunion of the Shield. Ambrose, while not part of the main event, adds a potential intriguing element, as since he’s part of the Money In The Bank ladder match at the PPV, could potentially cash in on the Reigns/Rollins Main Event, in a similar fashion to how Rollins won the title in the first place. Sounds quite simple and predictable, right? Well, not when it’s the writers of WWE we’re talking about, as for the past year, they’ve been known to botch very good storylines in return for mediocrity.
However, at the MITB PPV last Sunday, we got our wish, as Dean Ambrose won the namesake Ladder match for a title match whenever he so chooses, Rollins beats Reigns (who no one really cared to see as champion anyways) and immediately, Ambrose cashes in his MITB by hitting Rollins across the head with the briefcase, and then hitting Dirty Deeds for the pin and making him the new WWE World Heavyweight Champion. At some point in the evening, every former member of the Shield had held the gold, and in typical WWE fashion, we’re once again hooked onto a storyline, just as soon as all hope was lost. On the following WWE Monday Night Raw, however, WWE’s lack of patience reared its ugly head again, as we were rushed into the obvious Triple Threat match being named for WWE Battleground — a match much better suited to main event one of the two mega PPVs, Summerslam or Wrestlemania. Once again, WWE misses on the storytelling arch that could lead to Dean Ambrose having a lengthy and successful title reign that opens the door for new possibilities in what Creative could do. However, with news breaking yesterday of Roman Reigns being suspended for violating the WWE Wellness Policy, it’s quite possible that the main event of WWE Battleground is in jeopardy. It’s possible that this is a blessing in disguise by leading us to open up a new storyline, involving Ambrose getting over Rollins cleanly, or in some cunning way that proves him to be a legitimate champion, one that you could argue we haven’t had in years, since the WWE Title has been a revolving door due to injuries and the Authority. Or maybe Ambrose gets booked just as poorly as Seth Rollins was and we get another diluted championship reign. Only time will tell, but for now, we savor the moment, that the most unlikely member of The Shield has been given a well deserved title reign. WWE, don’t screw THIS one up.