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WWE WrestleMania 29: Why The Shield Should Lose at The Grandest Stage of Them All

First, let me say that I am a big fan of the trio known as the Shield, composed of Seth Rollins, Dean Ambrose and Roman “I love to scream” Reigns. As a fan, I would love to see them defeat Sheamus, Randy Orton and the Big Show at WrestleMania 29 in their six-man tag team match.

However, from a storyline point of view, it would make more sense for them to experience their first defeat on the Grandest Stage of Them All. The Shield has won every single match they’ve been in so far (except the disqualification of Rollins against the Big Show, but that doesn’t really count).

If they were to win again at WrestleMania, they would have no new opponent. Sheamus? Check. Orton? Check. Cena? Check. Big Show? Check. Ryback? Check. All the most dominant wrestlers, all the most powerful superstars will have been defeated by The Shield. True, the case of John Cena is arguable, but the fact is, he lost cleanly to the Shield.

Let me ask you one question: what is Justice if there is no more wrongs?

Justice is defined by what goes against the law, justice is defined by injustice. Once everything has been corrected, The Shield has no longer any meaning, they don’t have to stay together anymore. Sure, they could continue to destroy evey superstar that gets in their way or go on a quest to win all the Championships, starting with the tag team champions. However, they would have lost the core of their identity, what defines them: shielding the WWE from injustice.

But if they lose, they would once again have a purpose and use their defeat as a stepping stone towards domination.

Justice ain’t free, but it ain’t a straight path either. A defeat could boost them and give them even more credibility when they come back stronger than ever. What’s more, it could also be the trigger to bring a new member or to reveal a bigger plan, explaining why they fight for justice, and not just the money.

For example, they could be working for a higher power, trying to “clean” WWE before taking over. In the same way as Bully Ray did with the Aces and 8’s, another superstar could be behind this trio of rookies in secret. It wouldn’t necessarily be a rip-off, as it all depends how it is put together, but even it if was, it is good to copy something that’s working.
In conclusion, I will say that win or lose, as long as they look strong, The Shield will come out stronger of WrestleMania, and that’s all that matters.

About Mathieu Nicod

I am 23, French professional writer and translator, also looking for a job in digital communication/marketing.Professional wresling has been my passion for a few years, I watch WWE and TNA, with WWE being my favorte company.
  • Kevin Berge

    Interesting and controversial topic, but my main issue doesn’t come with the Shield winning but rather who else is winning. The haphazard bunch of Orton, Sheamus, and Big Show is the least threatening one so far. Why have this group win? It would make much more sense for them to implode, having the idea of simply throwing three guys at the Shield look silly. Plus, in the final scheme of things, I don’t see the Shield losing without Ryback in the mix. His fate is tied to the Shield, and there needs to be some continuity there.

    I see them winning here as part of a realization for WWE that something more has to be done. No longer can they simply say for three random guys to go fight. There must be a perfect three person team that has only one goal in mind. Have Ryback go on a quest to find those two others. It could be anyone as long as they fit the perfect team mold. Meanwhile, the Shield can taunt Ryback, consume his thoughts.

  • Joseph Hernandez

    I have mixed feelings about this. But I do believe they have taken care of basically every top star in WWE at this point. I have been worrying about this. I believe they need a new challenge now. Winning at Wrestlemania would be fantastic for their careers, but as for their group and what their purpose is, it would stop them in their tracks and won’t allow them to keep going. A loss would definitely refresh their purpose.

    Nice short article, Mathieu.

    • Mathieu Nicod