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Sierra. Hotel. India. Echo. Lima. Delta….SHIELD!

The SHIELD is Back in WWE

History of The SHIELD

June 2, 2014, “The chair shot heard around the world.” With one swift motion, Seth Rollins destroyed his creation, and perhaps the greatest faction to ever walk the halls of WWE, the Shield. It was a shock. The group was at its absolute peak at the time, having just dominated Evolution during the last two WWE pay-per-views, but “all good things come to an end,” and so did the Shield. Since the breakup, Seth Rollins, Dean Ambrose, and Roman Reigns have all gone on to have great success as singles competitors. All three men have held the WWE Championship, and all three have been vital members of WWE’s roster.

No matter how much time went by though, and no matter who the three men feuded with, they were always drawn back to each other. The first time all three won the WWE Championship, it was by defeating another member of the Shield. Rollins pinned Reigns, Reigns pinned Ambrose, and Ambrose pinned Rollins. It’s been a beautifully told story throughout, and it’s finally reached the part we’ve all been patiently waiting for, the reunion.

Shield reunion on Raw

(c) WWE.com

What’s Next for The SHIELD?

It was always clear that the Shield would reunite one day. Everyone had their theory of how it would happen, and who they would feud against next. I was always a proponent of having them feud against AJ Styles and the Club, but that naturally didn’t happen. The way WWE chose to book the reunion might’ve seemed like a letdown on paper. After all, the MIz, Sheamus & Cesaro, Bruan Strowman, and Kane have no real tie to each other or the Shield, but so far it’s worked. Maybe it’s just the high of having the Shield back, perhaps the Miz is just that good on the mic, or maybe the formula never changed. Shield + any combination of WWE superstars= awesomeness.

My question is, what will happen to the “Hounds of Justice” once TLC has come and gone? Is WWE going to keep Raw’s top 3 performers in a faction? Will the Miz find new tag team partners and issue another challenge to the Shield? If the Shield ends up breaking up again, will Seth Rollins be a repeat offender? Or will one of his other Shield mates get their hands dirty?

Same Shield Story…Different Culprit?

As much as we all hated the fact that they had to break up in the first place, their initial break up ranks right up there with any team break up in wrestling history. Nobody saw it coming, and nobody had Seth Rollins being the one to defect from the group. Can WWE duplicate that success? I say they can, but only if they dare to turn Roman Reigns heel. I’m sure WWE is sick of hearing the plea from fans to turn Roman heel, but if there was ever a time to do it, it’s now. If Roman turns on his two Shield brothers, his level of heat would instantly skyrocket.

The most hated man in pro wrestling would become even more hated, except this time we’d all have a reason for hating him. Seth Rollins’ betrayal and subsequent heel run made him the most despised heel in WWE, but weirdly it also made fans reluctantly respect him. If WWE would steer into the skid and turn Roman heel, they might be able to rehabilitate his character, and finally, cash in on his great potential. The ball is in Vince McMahon’s court now.

The Shield is back

(c) wwe.com

Conclusion

For as many storylines as WWE has botched over the years, it’s moments like the Shield reunion that reminds fans why we tune in week after week. There is no telling where we’re going from here. Things could take a turn for the worse. WWE could somehow find a way to ruin the Shield, but for now, we’ve all got what we wanted. Ambrose, Rollins, and Reigns, in combat gear, coming through the crowd, together, to the familiar sound of ” Sierra. Hotel. India. Echo. Lima. Delta…SHIELD!”

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3 Big Concerns for WWE Raw TLC 2017

WWE Raw Presents Tables, Ladders, and Chairs 2017

WWE Raw's TLC 2017 Main Event. 5-3 Handicap TLC Match.

The Shield vs.Braun Strowman, The Miz, Kane, and The Bar

On October 22, 2017, WWE Raw will present the 2017 TLC PPV show. The main event for the evening is a three on 5 TLC Handicap match between the Shield and Raw’s top Heels, all in one match. However, this has honestly let the rest of the card feeling a bit shallow. The rest of the card is mostly women’s matches and cruiserweight bouts. Another highlight of the show is the debut of The Empress Asuka to the main roster, facing Emma in a rematch of their NXT classic. What concerns for the PPV and the Raw brand does this leave us?

What does the Shield do after this?

The Miz, Braun Strowman, and The Bar have been the top Heels on Raw for the entirety of the year. The only Heel missing from the match is Samoa Joe, and it only feels like his absence is just because of Injury. If he was healthy, I don’t think they bring Kane back to fill in that spot, but instead, have Joe be the fall guy. The problem with this is, who do The Shield go from here?

It’s seemingly obvious that The Shield is going to win their big debut match back together. I can’t see WWE going any other way with the booking. So now every Heel built up over the last year is going to be dealt with in one fell swoop. Braun and Miz are just the newest sacrifices on the pyre that is Roman Reigns on his way to Brock. The irony being they were the two hottest superstars this year, not Roman. This match could have easily been broken up into two separate matches, and give this card depth. Instead, we get to watch all the villains fall to The Shield.

Braun and Miz are just the newest sacrifices on the pyre that is Roman Reigns on his way to Brock. The irony being they were the two hottest superstars this year, not Roman. This match could have easily been broken up into two separate matches, and give this card depth. Instead, we get to watch all the villains fall to The Shield.

The only other 3-man stable WWE has is The New Day, and they’re on Smackdown. It can’t be the Wyatt family because Luke and Erik are now on Smackdown as The Bludgeon Brothers. The only other

The only other possibility would be a reunion of The Club. Finn Balor is on Raw, and so are the Good Brothers, Gallows and Anderson. Bringing The Club back may also steal some thunder from the Bullet Club coming at WWE’s neck right now.

What Impact will Asuka have on the WWE Raw Women’s Division?

WWE Raw's newest call-up, Asuka

Asuka’s TLC Promotion

As I’ve talked about before, WWE doesn’t do the best job with their new arrivals. The trend of bucking NXT stars hold especially true for the call-ups as of late. These talents usually receive huge pushes, only to be stopped dead cold by an already established superstar on the roster.

That better not happen to Asuka. Asuka, The Empress, the most prestigious champion in NXT history, better not sniff a clean loss on the roster until next Summer at a minimum. In NXT Asuka ran through the competition at first, but then started to use Heel tactics to get over Ember Moon. It’s hard to keep up ways for someone to be undefeated and not make the rest of the division look weak.

With Raw’s women division hosting some of the most over women in wrestling, I find it hard to believe Vince will let Asuka run through everyone. Especially with the current champion being Alexa Bliss and WWE’s love of 50/50 booking. A robust program with Alexa Bliss out the gate can solidify Asuka, but putting too many road bumps between her and the title will just make her look like every other NXT call up. Keep her dominance going and WWE will only strengthen the diviso, not make it worse.

Another 3 Months without a Universal Title match

WWE Raw Universlal Champion vs. Smackdown WWE Champion

Brock Lesnar vs. Jinder Mahal

There isn’t going to be a Universal Title defense at WWE Raw’s TLC this year.

On Smackdown, Jinder Mahal called out Brock for a match at Survivor Series. With WWE earmarking everything in advance, there’s no way this match doesn’t happen, and again it’s not a title defense. The Beast Incarnate probably won’t be defending the Universal Title until the Royal Rumble in January.

WWE’s live event numbers have been dwindling, and the lackluster showing of their two champions doesn’t help that stat. Raw is the “bigger” brand of the company, and without it’s most prominent draw showing up every week, it diminishes the brand. It’s clear that Brock is just patiently waiting on the Roman Reign’s feud, and it leaves a massive gap in the Raw landscape. When no one’s fighting for the ultimate prize of the brand, what are they fighting for?

Conclusion

WWE Raw is going to have some hard choices to make as they start gearing up for the road to Wrestlemania. There’s going to have to be massive shakeups at the main event level for interest to pique again before the Rumble. We all know Lesnar and Reigns are on a collision course, but it’s up to WWE to keep it interesting in the meantime. Asuka will provide a shot in the arm to the women’s division, but the mishandling of other former NXT Champions makes me worry for Asuka. Hopefully she translates well in a division that has turned stale in the latter half of the year.

Asuka will be a shot in the arm to the women’s division, but the mishandling of prior stars make me worry for Asuka. Hopefully she translates well in a division that has turned stale in the latter half of the year. Forever may the Empress reign.

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Markus X. Murden, Esq.

Senior Editor/Heels of Wrestling

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Heels of Wrestling Episode 12: WWE No Mercy 2017

Episode 12: WWE No Mercy 2017

WWE No Mercy 2017 is Tonight September 24, 2017, on WWE Network Live.

Heel Predictions

Adam Gregory: Roman Reigns, Brock Lesnar, Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose, Nia Jax, Jason Jordan, Neville, Finn Balor, Elias

Bobby Nagel: Roman Reigns, Braun Strowman, Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose, Alexa Bliss, Jason Jordan, Enzo Amore, Bray Wyatt, Elias

Markus Murden: Roman Reigns, Braun Strowman, Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose, Nia Jax, Jason Jordan, Neville, Bray Wyatt, Elias

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“The Big Dog” or “Super Cena?”

Roman Reigns vs. John Cena

Whose yard is it now?

“I can do this part time, better than you could ever do it full time.” Just like that, the two most polarizing superstars in WWE history, Roman Reigns, and John Cena became the center of attention in the wrestling world.

Their showdown, at this year’s No Mercy, will no doubt be hyped beyond belief, but who will ultimately come out on top? What’s the end goal for WWE? Is this their idea of a dream match, or is Cena just the latest superstar chosen to be sacrificed at the altar of Roman Reigns? What’s going to happen if Reigns wins and absolutely nothing changes?

Will Vince McMahon feed one of his most successful characters ever to a guy who just can’t get over with the fans? Or will “The Franchise” take down the most hated wrestler on the planet today, and regain the support of hardcore wrestling fans all over the world? The fact that all these questions exist make it one of the most compelling feuds WWE will produce this year. For the first time in a long time, I’m interested in John Cena, and Roman Reigns. Well done WWE, you’ve got my attention.

If Roman wins.

Will The Big Dog spear another victim?

If WWE puts Roman over in this match, it means they officially view him as their top guy, bar none. It means the days of Cena showing up with his “mythical golden shovel” are truly behind us. It means that no matter how much we boo and complain, Roman isn’t going anywhere. It would symbolize WWE taking a huge crap on its audience. I hate always to be “that guy,” but WE don’t like Roman Reigns. WE don’t accept Roman Reigns, and the only thing that will ever change that is the one thing WWE has already proven they won’t do, turn him heel. WWE executives act as if there’s just some golden feud out there that will change everyone’s opinion of Roman.

I get their logic, have Roman go up against the most hated heel in the company, and make the audience rally behind him in the process. The problem is, there’s no wrestler on the roster that hardcore wrestling fans hate more than Roman Reigns, and he can’t wrestle himself. Ultimately, Roman is in a “lose, lose” situation. If he beats Cena, then the marks (myself included) will just turn their noses at him and say “see, even Cena isn’t safe from Roman.” If he loses to Cena, it’ll make the fans happy, but it’ll also show that the powers that be might be starting to sour on their chosen one. Roman is damned if he does, and damned if he doesn’t. He won’t get any sympathy from me though; I hate Roman Reigns…”Believe That!”

If Cena wins.

Or will we see the return of Big Match John?

If “Super Cena” shows up at No Mercy, and picks up a “W” over Roman Reigns, it can mean one of two things. First, it could mean that WWE has soured on Reigns so much that they had no other option but to go back to the well again. However, it couldn’t also be another weak attempt at getting Reigns over. WWE could see a loss to Cena as the last piece to the Reigns puzzle. They could theorize that losing to Cena might make fans rally behind Roman. I’d say the latter isn’t very likely, but  WWE has attempted dumber things to get Roman over before (retiring Undertaker).

As a hardcore wrestling fan, this feud conjures up mixed emotions. On the one hand, I’m glad someone is finally cutting Roman Reigns down to size. On the contrary, I hate that it’s the fucking “Golden Boy” John Cena doing it. Seeing as how WWE has refused to turn Cena heel for over a decade now, this is the closest he’ll ever get at being a fan favorite again. Cena has nothing to gain from beating Reigns at No Mercy. It won’t bring him that’s elusive 17th World Title reign; it won’t get him anymore over than he already is, and it won’t rid the WWE Universe of Roman Reigns. Don’t expect “Big Match John” to get his hand raised at No Mercy. However, do expect him to carry the entire build up to the match.

This match belongs on a WrestleMania card. We still might see it at WrestleMania next year, but it won’t be for the first time so that it won’t feel as special. Regardless of that, we’re going to see the top star of his era, John Cena, go up against what WWE is hoping will be their next top star, Roman Reigns, in a match that none of us thought we wanted to see. That’s something pro wrestling can do better than any other sport, create a classic moment out of thin air. Whether you’re a member of the “Cenation,” a fan of the “Roman Empire,” or just a guy who hated Cena, and hates Reigns (like me), odds are you’re going to be glued to the screen when this match starts.

No Mercy will air Sunday, September 24th 8 pm EST, Live on the WWE Network.

Wesly Avendano

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Shoot from the Heels

Shoot from the Heels

WWE Week in Review (8.30.2017)

This week we saw two very different ways to shoot in wrestling. Promos vs. really injuring your opponent. We break down how great the former is, and how terrible the latter always will be. We also praise a fantastic Raw in opposition to a sagging Smackdown this week.

 

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Heels of Wrestling Episode 11: SummerSlam 2017 Weekend

Episode 11: SummerSlam 2017 Weekend

The Heels are back and we’re giving our review of WWE’s big SummerSlam PPV weekend that included NXT: Takeover Brooklyn and SummerSlam. We pick our favorite matches and performances. Make sure to like and subscribe for more Heelish content.

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Roman Reigns Has to Destroy John Cena

Roman Reigns has to destroy John Cena in their upcoming match. It can be a No DQ match, it can be a Last Man Standing match, hell it can be a Hell in a Cell, but at the end, Roman Reigns has to have his hand raised, and he has to be a Heel.

On Monday night Raw, we saw Roman Reigns and John Cena team up to defeat The Miz and Samoa Joe to start off John Cena’s tour on Raw. WWE’s two top Faces of the company are together again on one brand. Vince McMahon has been trying to pass the proverbial torch of WWE from Cena to Reigns, but so far it hasn’t worked. Because WWE has gone about it wrong this whole time. Roman Reigns needs to be bad, this needs to be his yard, and he needs to take Cena’s head off to claim it. This is now WWE’s perfect opportunity to turn Roman Reigns into a heel.

Every time Roman cuts a promo, it’s obviously not him. The cockiness of beating The Undertaker. The boos and jeers of the fans. A track record of ruining everything. When we think about it…

Roman Reigns is already a Heel

It’s time for WWE to face facts. They’ve ironically created the biggest Heel in the business, and they’re too reluctant to pull the trigger on him. Let’s run down a list of some of the horrible things WWE creative have had Reigns do in just this year:

    • Roman Reigns tried to murder a man with an ambulance.

What we have brewing here is a perfect storm of how to turn Roman Reigns into the top heel of the company. Reigns is in a spot we haven’t seen him in since he was busted for violating the wellness policy in 2015. The spotlight isn’t necessarily on him right now as Brock Lesnar and Braun Strowman are the leads of the title picture going into No Mercy.

Why Now?

The idea of turning Reigns or Cena heel has been tossed around ad infinitum on wrestling boards for the past few years. The void as the top Heel on WWE programing has been noticeable for quite some time. And much of it is to do with WWE’s booking of top Heels.

Since the breaking of the Authority, it seems as if every Heel has been booked as cowardly or needing help to get their title reign over. From KO and Jericho being best friends to Jinder Mahal having the Singh brothers in his corner, no Heel has been able to do it alone in recent memory.

The situation can all change with Roman turning Heel. We’ve seen him do heel tactics in matches. Brutal attack with chairs, powerbombs through tables, vicious spears, you name it he’s done it. However, that Superman punch does need to go, no Heel would do that. (No one should do a Superman punch anyway.)

But I digress, Roman can be believable as a solo Heel champion. A sort of reverse-Ultimate Warrior type. Except with Roman, we have someone who has the ability to do lengthy work rate matches. This also would open up the opportunity for a tweener like Samoa Joe or Braun to go full on in a character choice as well. There shouldn’t be these many tweeners at the top of the billing. Not for the sake of story and fan engagement.

Heel Roman would also give us a nice contrast with the reuniting of the Shield. I always thought Roman should have been the one in the Shield to turn heel, this could be a chance to retell angles from that period with a new lineup. Do the Shield turn heel with Roman? Do they maybe try to talk sense into him? All these stories could line up, drawing from past instances, and fuel some interesting story lines heading forward.

Heels Have and always will Rule Wrestling

Every real star needs a turn as an in-ring Heel. It’s too late for John Cena, but factors outside of the ring can be attributed to his lack of Heel. Maybe it was because of the PG era and Vince needing a Stallworth for the company? I don’t know. But right now, there is a bevy of talent on the roster, and all of them feel like tweeners or faces. We need a Heel revolution.

John Cena has been the Face that runs the place for quite some time. However, we need a Heel to take over. The Roman Empire needs to ride a wave of destruction across the WWE we haven’t seen in quite some time. Plus a Heel change has definitely never helped a struggling, over pushed baby face before.

And a Heel turn definitely hasn’t taken someone to heights unknown in wrestling:

So what’s up WWE? Vince needs to stop flirting with us and give us what we need, a new top Heel. And that Heel is Roman Reigns.
Markus X. Murden
Senior-Editor
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SummerSlam Heat: Rumors and Possibilities

SummerSlam 2017 Final Ad Poster

(c)WWE

SummerSlam Heat

Tonight is the biggest night of wrestling for the summer, WWE’s SummerSlam 2017! Vince McMahon’s annual summer showcase this year is headlined by the Fatal 4 Way match between Brock Lesnar, Roman Reigns, Braun Strowman, and Samoa Joe for the title of WWE Universal Champion. While we hope the in-ring action to be the best, some of the storylines heading into SummerSlam have cooled off, let’s take a look at some of the still blazing ones. Rumors aplenty ahead.

Is Undertaker going to be at SummerSlam?

Underake on a Plane (Snapchatted)

(c) @MR_GQ_Cantu on twitter

Undertaker was spotted on a flight to NY this Friday. This could have potentially huge ramifications for the Universal title match. Undertaker over the past couple of years had intense feuds with Roman and Brock and he could be coming to interfere in the title picture. Particularly with the former as he was the one who put him to rest in his own yard. With the main event being a no-DQ match, Undertaker’s presence could swing into a surprise win for the two newest arrivals on the Raw title scene, Braun, and Joe.

A Full Shield Reunion

Dean and Seth Fistbump on Raw

(c) WWE

This last Raw, we were witness to the reunion of 2/3 of The Shield. Dean and Seth have joined forces to face Sheamus and Cesaro, The Bar. This comes after the prior month being a seesaw relationship between Dean and Seth. The only one missing from the reunion is Roman. With Wyatt and Balor both on Raw, there is the potential for two other factions to form and face the Shield. Could a Shield reunion mean we see the return of the Wyatt Family or hopefully the long awaited debut of the Balor Club on Raw?

Only tonight will tell. The Shield may also prove vital to making sure Roman wins the title tonight. Dean has his history with Brock and Seth has feuded with Joe prior to this. We may be seeing The Shield put Strowman through an announce table tonight. I can’t say I’m not looking forward to this possibility.

Baron Corbin Failed Cash-in

Baron handing Ref MITB Briefcase

(c) WWE.com

This past Tuesday, we saw Baron Corbin fail to cash in on his WWE Money in the Bank contract. He made the suspicious choice of waiting for his opponents to get up to cash in his opportunity. He then did it in front of Cena, a man infamous for failed cash-in attempts. Silly Baron. Money in the Bank cash-ins are usually saved for pay-per-view action, but Baron decided to fumble his all the way to failure. This, of course, nixes the change we see a cash-in after the Jinder Mahal and Shinsuke Nakamura WWE Championship match.

Will this result in a more ruthless Baron going forward? Cena hasn’t won at a SummerSlam show since the Nexus debacle, and Baron may be a lucky recipient of that trend. On the other hand, Baron hasn’t been the nicest on Twitter lately. Picking fights with legends and journalists alike. We all know Vince loves Corbin for his size and not so much his intangibles. SummerSlam against Super Cena could be either a death knell or a career starter for Baron. We’ll have to tune into tonight to see.

Brock Leaving to fight Jon ‘Bones’ Jones

Brock Lesnar (Left), Jon Jones (Right)

(c) UFC

Last, but not least, Brock losing tonight means the Beast Incarnate will be leaving the WWE right after SummerSlam. There’s already smack talking going between the two fighters’ camps and hype is starting to build. The UFC and WWE have cross-promoted before, but this might be their biggest cross-promotional fight. Bones is a UFC legend with a huge following and has just come off a strong win against Daniel Cormier. Bones is also no stranger to mic work and would be fantastic at holding up his end.

Vince is never hesitant to drum up huge spectacles like this and having Brock not in the WWE ring to promote his end of the fight would mean huge dollars lost for the company. Brock has already been featured in advertisements and promotions for live events and a September PPV appearance. Could this all be a ruse? WWE has teased Brock before and he’s left. Should Brock lose tonight, this picture should become even more clear and means huge dollar signs swinging one way or another.

Tonight’s SummerSlam card is filled with matches that should not disappoint. Let’s hope the ball isn’t dropped with these angles going into SummerSlam.
Markus X. Murden

@MXMurden