While the October 2nd edition of Monday Night RAW was ‘so-so’, the highlight of the show (for me) was the storytelling around The Shield reunion. Apart, the three men had a very trying night: Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins battled Braun Strowman and could not overcome The Monster among men … even when Ambrose came out for the save. The tag champs would then get beat up by Cesaro and Sheamus. Roman Reigns was able decimate Bo Dallas and Curtis Axel to make them a non-issue in his Intercontinental Championship match against the Miz, but he would end up feeling the pain when he ambushed by Miz and his two new cronies in Cesaro and Sheamus.
Broken, beaten down, without saying a word, Reigns, Ambrose, and Rollins came together backstage, nodded heads, and closed RAW, indicating something that has been teased for a little while now: The Shield is reuniting and Miz, Cesaro, and Sheamus should be concerned.
But should they?
When The Shield first debuted on the main roster, they debuted as heels. They were an unstoppable force. The decimated everything and everyone in their path. More often than not, they struck from behind, offered the element of surprise, and always outnumbered their victims. Coming into all this, they are all faces. They are the ones outnumbered now (because, let’s face it, the Miztourage has been replaced by Cesaro/Sheamus, but Dallas and Axel are sure to still play a role in this entire storyline, even if it is a secondary one).
Obviously, The Shield will come out looking strong in the end, but as all babyface adversity stories, they will be presented to the fans as a weak faction at first. With the storyline offering doubt for fans, questions perhaps. Does the Shield still have it? Can they still work together as a team? Do they have that same bond where each is thinking the same thought before they even think it?
I’m sure there will also be some dissention within them, moreover the ability to be on the same page. Certainly, as tag team champs, Rollins and Ambrose are working well together, but it may not be a smooth transition for the Roman Reigns’ character; he’s been on his own for a while now and this element will simply enhance the story being told and heighten the program.
It will be a long road ahead for Ambrose, Reigns, and Rollins as they work through adversity, their own demons, fighting against the numbers game, and ensuring they are on the same page; leaving their egos at the door. Regardless, the new chapter in the Shield story will officially begin this Monday night … and it will be interesting to see just how this all unfolds.