Wrestling is just like a professional sports team. When the veterans go, the young stars must come in and perform with a higher quality than their superiors. The WWE goest through that every five years or so. When Hulk Hogan left for greener pastures, the Rock and Stone Cold Steve Austin took the WWE to new heights. Rock and Austin couldn’t stay forever, so Randy Orton, Batista and John Cena came up in 2002 and never looked back.
Vince McMahon has always has the upper-hand on every wrestling company. When his top stars retire or leave the company, he’s able to insert a young crowd into the mix. After they are acclimated to their surroundings, the WWE Universe takes a liking to a few superstars. In this new batch of young talent, Roman Reigns, Seth Rollins, and Dean Ambrose are on top.
Ironically enough, they debuted all at the same time. In their group, the Shield, they turned a mega-heel stable into a group that was too cool to have disdain for. The Shield’s matches with Evolution and the Wyatt Family set the precedent for six-man tag-team matches. Ambrose, Rollins and Reigns had the WWE at their fingertips.
It was only a matter of time before they split up, but each man has made strides in their career. Rollins is the top heel, Reigns is the top babyface and Ambrose is the unsung hero of the Shield. WWE fans complain about his lack of use at the main event. Ambrose has never won the WWE championship. His skill set would argue otherwise, but he’s never grasped the gold. Is that about to change? According to Ringside News and Dave Meltzer, an absence from a top-WWE star will make room for Dean Ambrose on top.
Of course, this means that he won’t be turning heel anytime soon. At least until January, Ambrose should remain a top babyface in the WWE. Is this good for his character development? Some will argue that he should’ve turned heel on Reigns at SummerSlam to ignite a personal feud until the Royal Rumble. Others want Ambrose to remain the beloved face he is.
In an earlier interview with Total Wrestling Magazine, Dean Ambrose talked about what goes into his character on WWE TV.
“There is no creative process to come up with a character of Dean Ambrose. Dean Ambrose is a collective experience of 29 years of life. It’s the good, bad and the ugly after 10 years plus of wrestling.”
One way or another, the Lunatic Fringe will become a WWE World Heavyweight champion. The hope is for Ambrose to face-off against Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns at WrestleMania 32. Last night on WWE Raw, they hinted at further aggression between the three men. The WWE Universe was on fire during the main event against the Wyatt Family. It was the first Shield Reunion since their break-up over a year ago.
How would a feud between these three men start? Ambrose and Reigns can’t turn on each others. The only way it has a chance of working is if they had a mutual respect for each other, but wanted the WWE championship. Rollins has nobody to work with, so putting him in a match with his former teammates is a brilliant idea. All are future WWE Hall of Fame entrants, which makes this WrestleMania a great opportunity to show why. Despite the Rock or Triple H wrestling, this needs to main event the show.
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