Facts about Wrestlemania 29: Everyone believes in The Shield

shieldI wasn’t going to stay up to watch Wrestlemania (and indeed I went to sleep long before the end), but I was delighted to see that the first match (not counting the sadly predictable and depressing pre-show) was Sheamus, Big Show and Randy Orton v The Shield.

Call me a smark (most people do), but I’m loving seeing these boys progress to the WWE’s showcase events. Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins are better known for their solid body of work in the indies but are showing they can cross over into the mainstream. Ambrose is terrifying, threatening, and oddly magnetic and charismatic; William Regal tipped him as a WWE star and he was right. Rollins isn’t afraid to risk his pretty little neck (that table bump at TLC and that head-first dive into the barricade last night are prime examples); and I’m even beginning to buy him as a heel after his adorable run as a face champion on NXT. Roman Reigns has always looked like a superstar, but now he has a superstar alliterative name rather than the laughable Leakee.

And how wonderful to see them pick up a win against the stale old timers who have made a distressing habit of squashing upcoming talent. (Particularly Orton. How many of us thought he was going to emerge victorious with that inevitable RKO after setting it up?) The Shield are a unit, working for the common good; the veterans were a thrown-together team with a precarious sense of collaboration based solely on their shared enmity.

Let us hope that there is a coherent plan for their future, and they’re not broken up and put together again randomly depending on Creative’s lack of imagination on any particular day (to wit: Rhodes Scholars), and they’re not fed to Triple H, Crusader and Moral Avenger, at Summerslam.

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12 Responses to Facts about Wrestlemania 29: Everyone believes in The Shield

  1. This made me very, very happy. They could have so easily buried The Shield here, but props to creative for highlighting the disharmony with Big Show et al, and giving The Shield a serious push.

  2. Carrie says:

    Exactly. I don’t think the heel turn from Show was unexpected, exactly, but I don’t think it would have surprised any of us had it come after a win!

  3. Mike says:

    “and I’m even beginning to buy him as a heel after his adorable run as a face champion on NXT.”

    There is no-one on the roster as amusingly non-threatening as Rollins. Good job Ambrose can supply enough vitriol-fuelled hate for three people!

    • Carrie says:

      You haven’t seen him do WRASSLEMANIA SNARLS! (Bless.) Roman Reigns, meanwhile, did roaring like my nephew showing me how a dinosaur talks.

    • Carrie says:

      Also, people less threatening than Seth Rollins – Hornswoggle. Zack Ryder. JTG. Alicia Fox. Audrey Marie. Actually all of the Divas apart from Paige. lol camacho.

      • Mike says:

        I disagree with all of the above. The only person less threatening than poor little badgerhead is Christina in her Tough Enough promos. “Like being mauled by a kitteh.”

  4. Chris Evers says:

    After sitting up and remaining awake for the Wrestlemania show I have to say I personally was very disappointed in what was a very predictable outcome. The highlight (for me personally) was the Taker v Punk match-up. The Rock V Cena match up for me didn’t live up to the hype, it was a predictable outcome and perhaps the biggest story leak of the week from WWE…

  5. Not my real name says:

    Is Shamus a veteran? 😉

  6. […] Shield have been part of a lot of my favourite WWE matches this year, and most of my favourite vignettes. I may have not been impressed with several of the WWE […]

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