Posted by Nicholas Larks
After reading Adam Wacker’s great article on “The Shield Strategy”, I was inspired to take it one step further. I usually try to stay away from fantasy booking, but I have had an idea for the while on booking The Shield. Wrestling, in general, has always had a habit of forming stables with unlimited potential just to give them a 12-18 month run then disbanding the group (with the exception of the 4 Horsemen and Degeneration X). They wait until a few members of the group get over individually then the dissension and subsequent disbandment of the group occurs. I personally feel that certain groups could have been very influential had they had a longer run. Groups like the Dangerous Alliance, Evolution, Straight Edge Society, Nexus, and the Natural Born Thrillers had the talent, the gimmick, and the potential to become major factions in wrestling history. However, they all were non-existent 12-18 months after their inception.
The Shield has done a lot of special things in their 9 months in WWE, and the WWE did right by them. Instead of the usual formula of having The Shield just look like hired hitmen for C.M. Punk, the WWE turned them into viable threats. These guys took out every top babyface in the company, and the ultimate compliment to The Shield was the week after Wrestlemania 29 when they took out the larger-than-life Undertaker. I never expected to see their undefeated streak continue, but I like the fact that WWE never made them look weak in defeat or thereafter as they continued to dominate the roster. The Shield is so great as a unit that, after only 9 months, they are returning the favor and giving a rub to the Usos. The Usos had just been floundering in the basement of the WWE’s nearly non-existent tag-team division. However, after being in the ring with the three legit wrestlers that make up The Shield, the Usos get pops from the crowd when their music plays and the fans have become interested in actually paying attention to the second-generation stars’ matches. To reiterate what I stated earlier, I try to avoid writing about fantasy booking, but I have an idea that is out of the box, fresh, and would solidify The Shield as quite possibly the best faction in WWE history. Allow me to paint the picture.
The Shield uses the rest of 2013 making random hits on top babyfaces and helping up and coming babyfaces get over. WWE makes sure that the winner of the Royal Rumble challenges for the WWE Championship at Wrestlemania 30 and have him put that #1 contendership on the line at Elimination Chamber; thus, freeing up the World Heavyweight Title match at Elimination Chamber. That match would see Alberto Del Rio challenging Rob Van Dam (RVD) for the title that he lost back at Survivor Series. Upon a successful title defense, Del Rio would viciously attack RVD and his arm, leaving him defenseless. Cue Damien Sandow. Sandow would come down to the ring while Del Rio is still near ringside to cash in his Money In The Bank contract. The bell would ring, and as soon as Sandow hits his finisher on RVD, the Shield’s music hits and Sandow turns his attention to them instead of pinning the champion. The Shield would then enter the ring and begin their usual beatdown on Damien Sandow and RVD while Alberto Del Rio sneaks around to the timekeeper’s area to steal the World Heavyweight Title. When he attempts to run off, he is met with a Roman Reigns’ spear on the outside of the ring. Lastly, The Shield takes the World Heavyweight Title and hold it up while striking their pose in the middle of the ring.
Now, to all of the “smarks”, I know that technically RVD would still be the World Champion, but the title would be declared vacant the next night on RAW. Over the next two weeks, RVD, Alberto Del Rio, Damien Sandow, and a member of The Shield (Dean Ambrose for the sake of argument) would all state their claim to the World Heavyweight Title with attacks on each other. This would lead to Vickie Guerrero announcing on Smackdown that there will be a Money In The Bank ladder match for the actual World Heavyweight Title at Wrestlemania 30 featuring Rob Van Dam vs. Alberto Del Rio vs. Damien Sandow vs. Roman Reigns vs. Seth Rollins vs. Dean Ambrose. Over the next few weeks, RAW and Smackdown would feature several one-on-one matches and tag-team matches with these participants culminating in a 6-man tag with RVD, Del Rio, and Sandow vs. The Shield on Smackdown the week of Wrestlemania 30. I would highlight the dissension and dysfunction of RVD, Del Rio, and Sandow throughout the match only to have them actually defeat The Shield and give them a beatdown after the match. Then, once The Shield retreats, RVD, Del Rio, and Sandow turn on each other and do the usual spot with one man standing on the ladder with the title in hand to end the show. During the Wrestlemania match The Shield would have to look great early on and tease each member grabbing the title a few times before one of them accidentally causes another one of them to fall off the ladder. Thus, this would be the first time any dissension within The Shield is teased. Throughout the rest of the match RVD, Del Rio, and Sandow gain an advantage as Reigns, Rollins, and Ambrose start to only look out for themselves individually. The go home finish would see two ladders positioned in the ring, and with everyone else seemingly down, Rob Van Dam would ascend the ladder only to have Seth Rollins enter with another ladder to hit him and knock him off course. Dean Ambrose and Roman Reigns would also enter the ring as RVD is debilitated at the top of the ladder and position all three ladders to where they could do an awesome triple powerbomb off the ladders. The Shield would then strike their fist-bump pose, and Reigns and Ambrose would send Seth Rollins up the ladder to retrieve the World Heavyweight Title. Your winner and NEW World Heavyweight Champion…Seth Rollins! Then Rollins walks over and whispers in Lillian Garcia’s ear after which she announces the winner and NEW World Heavyweight Champions…The Shield!
The following night on RAW The Shield will come out and declare that they are the World Heavyweight Champions and will defend the World Title under Freebird Rules. (Freebird Rules started when the 3-man stable of the Fabulous Freebirds were allowed to let any 2 of the Freebirds defend the tag-team titles.) By having any member of The Shield defend the World Heavyweight Title, this would create more main events, different matchups, storylines where enemies unite to try to get the belt off The Shield, storylines where friends turn on each other trying to get the belt off The Shield, and tag-team matches as well as 6-man tag matches where the World Heavyweight Title would actually be on the line. This idea had been floating around my mind as I thought they could have done the Freebird Rule with Dean Ambrose’s United States Championship. However, I think if WWE were to follow my script, the programming would be fresh and different. It would also establish The Shield as certified main event talent and future Hall of Famers and establish The Shield as quite possibly the greatest faction in WWE history.
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