On Monday Night RAW the WWE Universe saw the disbandment of The Shield as the least likely member of the faction turned heel.
Seth Rollins turned on his partners, Dean Ambrose and Roman Reigns and joined the now Batista-less Evolution.
After a clean sweep victory over Evolution at Payback, it looked as though it spelled the end of Triple H and company. The opening segment of RAW furthered the end of Evolution as Batista “quit” the WWE after being refused a title opportunity until The Shield were vanquished. Batista is set to promote his new movie and will be taking time off from the WWE, thus his departure from Evolution.
The decision to turn Rollins’ heel makes perfect sense.
Breaking down The Shield, they have Ambrose, who is the voice and the charisma of the group. His promos are top-notch and he gives the Shield life on the microphone.
Then you have the power in Reigns. The force behind the entire group, the “big dog.” He’s the prototypical wrestler in size and athleticism and he’s due for a push very soon.
Last but not at all in the least, is Rollins. Rollins wasn’t the voice, nor was he the enforcer. He was the place holder. He was the glue keeping The Sheild together making them a complete faction. Now that the glue has come apart, the real fun begins.
The Shield were soundly over with the crowd and the heel turn comes as shock because after demolishing Evolution it looked like The Shield were at their highest point. It made for a perfect opportunity to shake things up. The WWE took the least likely member of the group and turned his heel which made for a fantastic shock value.
It makes total sense. Now it leaves the two the men who overshadowed him to feel his wrath. Rollins joining Evolution not only mean that WWE is pushing Rollins but it makes for an interesting story line with a group of guys who are among the best in the business right now.
I believe that Ambrose and Reigns will go their separate ways eventually, leaving Reigns to feud with Triple H and Rollins and Ambrose possibly developing a feud that would be exciting to watch. This leaves out Orton but it’s not hard to swing his focus to the title picture or a feud with someone else.
Whatever direction the WWE plans to go, I love the decision to turn Rollins heel. He’s an excellent wrestler who deserves to be highlighted outside of The Sheild. All three guys can have successful singles careers and this just the beginning for Ambrose, Reigns and Rollins.