COMMENTARY | For those who have managed to skip The Shield being shoved down all of our throats for what feels like a million years, they are comprised of mouthpiece Dean Ambrose, muscle Roman Reigns and ... Seth Rollins. I really have no clue what his role is, other than the fact that a two-person stable really isn't very intimidating.
In trying to be as objective as possible here, I liked The Shield when they first debuted. I enjoyed the fact that they weren't necessarily a face or a heel group and I liked the dynamic that they were there to set things right. Even though they have heelish mannerisms and I've always viewed them as such, I think they could be great as tweeners.
Ambrose is excellent at cutting promos and is an above-average worker in the ring. To say he'll break through and become a star someday is stretching it, but I would have said the same about Daniel Bryan (minus the promos) not too long ago.
Reigns absolutely looks the part of a monster and can do some impressive feats of strength in the ring, but he's still a ways out with his promo work. If he can work on that and actually learn to work a match on his own (when was the last Reigns singles match, anyways), he could get a solid push. Don't get me wrong, he's not The Rock, but he's definitely the type of performer that has gotten pushed in the past.
That brings us to Rollins. His promos are meh, he makes an attempt to work the crowd in the very typical heel style that is best reserved for curtain-jerking jobbers (is that his role) and to his credit, he appears to be a very solid hand in the ring. Whether or not he can carry a match on his own is yet to be seen (sorry, NXT doesn't count), but he's had more solid moments than embarrassing ones.
Still, I can't get over the fact that he has a mid-card look at best, he's extremely vanilla and by-the-book as far as his promos and mannerisms are concerned and he just doesn't elicit much of a reaction from me. He's without question the third wheel on this team.
In fact, he's extremely lucky that Reigns doesn't quite seem ready to break off on his own because when he's ready and the group disbands, it's Rollins that will be left without much of a gimmick. I could see him going the way of Ted DiBiase Jr, who turned into a solid worker without much of a way to stand out on his own.
Rollins and Ambrose could be a good tag team, but that's doing Ambrose a disservice. At the end of the day, Rollins plays his part on the team, but he really needs to step up his game if he expects to do anything else. A vanilla heel without a real gimmick that will flounder at the bottom of the card? Maybe he could make it a 4 Man Band.
Michael Dunlap is an NBA credentialed writer who is the Founder and Editor-in-Chief for the Sports Illustrated/Fansided NBA site HoopsHabit.com and the Arizona Sports site HeatWaved.com . He also covers high school sports for The Arizona Republic. Follow me on Twitter @DunlapNBA .
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