It has been over three years since The Shield dissolved. Making a bold statement in their debut in 2012, Roman Reigns, Seth Rollins, and Dean Ambrose brought a sense of mystique to the fans, as many were not very aware of who they were. Although each had a stint in NXT prior to their main roster debut, the WWE Network did not exist, and NXT programming was much harder to access.
The faction has performed even better as singles competitors. Reigns, Rollins, and Ambrose have all been WWE Champions; Reigns and Rollins have been United States Champions, and Ambrose has been Intercontinental Champion. Rollins and Ambrose have won the Money in the Bank contract and successfully cashed it in, while Reigns is a Royal Rumble winner.
With WWE approaching a season where they are in heavy competition with football and baseball, pulling out all the stops is the only option. In addition, with both Brock Lesnar and John Cena off television for a while, the reunion of The Shield is possibly the best decision to make in order to keep the fans interested while Raw is missing two of its biggest stars. Along with this, WWE apparently has another motive of why the Hounds of Justice are reforming.
According to Dave Meltzer on the Live Audio Wrestling show, WWE has decided to put the trio back together due to the notion that this will hold Reigns over for the next few months. Since the plan of Reigns vs. Lesnar for the WWE Universal Championship at WrestleMania 34 in New Orleans looks to still be in place, finding a way to keep him away from the title picture is one of the top priorities for WWE Creative. This is for the purpose of keeping the Reigns vs. Lesnar feud fresh, heading into the Superdome on April 8.
Regarding Lesnar, it is expected that he will have one more feud this year, with Finn Balor, and then take the rest of the year off. The Shield is expected to officially reform on the upcoming episode of Raw, which will set off a nearly three-month reunion.
Aside from The Miz and Sheamus & Cesaro, Braun Strowman has also been in the mix. This could possibly set up a reunion with Bray Wyatt, and possibly a jump from SmackDown Live from Erick Rowan or Luke Harper, resurrecting the Shield vs. Wyatt Family feud.
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