The rumored reunion of The Shield came true on Monday Night Raw in Indianapolis, where they debuted in 2012 and split up in 2014. Roman Reigns, Seth Rollins, and Dean Ambrose are together again after confronting The Miz, Cesaro, and Sheamus, as well as Braun Strowman. The latest backstage news has revealed how long the Shield reunion is going to last.
According to Cageside Seats, the Shield reunion is not expected to be very long. The trio is going to be together for a good short amount of time, but they are not going to finish the year together. The Shield already has a match at TLC: Tables, Ladders, and Chairs later this month, and they are also expected to have another one at Survivor Series.
The WWE teased the reunion of The Shield since summer when Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose became the Raw Tag Team champions. It made sense for Rollins and Ambrose to team up because they were out of the main event picture. When The Miz began mocking The Shield and Roman Reigns, the reunion was bound to happen.
As recapped by WWE.com, The Shield officially reunited in the opening segment of Raw this past Monday. Roman Reigns, Seth Rollins, and Dean Ambrose easily dispatched The Miz, Curtis Axel, Sheamus, and Cesaro before setting their sights on Braun Strowman later that night. The Shield attacked Strowman after his match with Matt Hardy and they triple-powerbombed him through the announce table.
Monday Night Raw general manager Kurt Angle proceeded to make a match at TLC: Tables, Ladders, and Chairs. Angle announced that The Shield will face Braun Strowman, The Miz, Cesaro, and Sheamus in their first match together since 2014 in a Tables, Ladders, and Chairs 4-on-3 Handicap Match. The first match of The Shield in the WWE was a TLC Match in 2012 against Team Hell No and Ryback.
Many fans were happy to see The Shield as one again but the WWE had a big reason why they did it now. According to the Wrestling Observer (h/t Still Real To Us), the WWE wanted The Shield to be the top draw for the TLC 2017 pay-per-view because John Cena and Brock Lesnar are both on hiatus. The appeal of The Shield is a big asset to the WWE, and they are proven to be big draws.
The Shield are also expected to appear at Survivor Series since John Cena has been pulled out of advertisements and Brock Lesnar is currently rumored to be working on the show. A previous report noted that Lesnar is not scheduled to appear in any more shows for the rest of the year. However, it can still change, especially if the WWE decides that they need Lesnar’s drawing power to go alongside with The Shield.
It should be noted that these are still purely speculative and plans could change. If The Shield reunion becomes more successful than anticipated, expect the WWE to ride with them for as long as they are interesting.
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