WWE needs to apply this shield lesson to the bloodline
The Bloodline is the hottest faction WWE since The Shield created. With all due respect to The OC, Judgment Day, and even the Brawling Brutes, no one can touch Roman Reign’s star power right now. A combination of the group has been involved in almost every episode of Raw or knock down in recent months as they’ve been a staple of both shows and several premium live events. And the inner conflict feels more like Martin Scorsese-directed mob drama than pro-wrestling, which is by no means a bad thing.
Not only do the faction hold all the major men’s titles, but WWE audiences haven’t pissed them off as they continue to dominate. Between commanding the Usos as tag team champions and organically overcoming Sami Zayn Uso, The Bloodline is at the forefront of the wrestling world. Here, Triple H can look back on the dissolution of The Shield and take a valuable lesson from that faction’s downfall and apply it to this modern day story.
WWE can’t wait too long to split the bloodline
Seth Rollins’ betrayal of The Shield was perfect because virtually no one saw it coming. There was no reason to believe at the time that WWE would disband the faction, as evidenced by the reaction from the shocked live crowd in June 2014.There’s always a plan B” by Triple H still rings in fans’ ears. So does Seth’s sneaky chair shot to an unsuspecting Roman Reigns. “These guys were on top of the world; why on earth would Seth Rollins do that?” asked a shocked JBL as the then-Arcitech attacked his now-former brothers with the chair, leaving the crowd stunned before they started a loud racket”you are sold out“Heel turns don’t get much more effective than that. Especially since nobody expected it from Rollins. Given his edgy personality, Jon Moxley (FKA Dean Ambrose) seemed to be leaning towards the dark side. Like The “Bloodline, The Shield” was the over-act in the industry, and WWE made the bold decision to shake things up before anything became obsolete.
That’s the lesson Triple H and his writing team can learn from The Shield’s implosion. The plug must be pulled before the faction gets tired of the audience. The WWE audience doesn’t seem to be there just yet, but neither were they when Seth Rollins delivered the chair shot that was heard around the world. Because Vince McMahon chose to commit to heel turn at this point, the resulting drive landed all three former Shield members at or near the top of their respective divisions.
Reigns was named PWI500’s #1 Wrestler of the Year in 2022, and there’s no denying that. Even fans who are workaholics and favor the likes of Kenny Omega have to respect Roman’s run as a unified WWE Champion. The tribal chief is the main event attraction that McMahon envisioned all those years ago; It just took him some time to put the pieces together. Rollins is of course a staple of Monday night Raw and one of the most consistently excellent wrestlers in the industry. He is at the forefront of Triple H’s redesigned US Championship image, which is the Red Brand’s highest title since Reigns won the WWE Championship Wrestlemania 38. Jon Moxley has become the ace of AEW, carrying the company on his back while The Elite, CM Punk and others were more concerned with fighting than making ends meet on TV.
A dissolved bloodline will also bring more stars to WWE
Just as The Shield has produced three huge wrestling stars – undoubtedly three of the top stars in existence today – the eventual dissolution of The Bloodline will have a similar effect. It’s hard to imagine Roman Reigns feeling like a bigger deal, but the rest of the faction will be propelled to even greater heights once this whole thing finally erupts. Zayn may eventually become WWE’s top babyface, depending on how the rest of this story plays out. If Reigns and the Usos stab the lovable, sociable Zayn in the back after all he’s done, he’s going to be one of the most likeable do-gooders in recent memory. Also, please don’t oversleep the reaction he might get if he dupes Reigns’ eyes.
Jimmy and Jey Uso are also 37 and have practically nothing left to prove as a tag team. There is a possibility that they will break up in the coming months as the commenting team used the phrase “Main Event Jey Usorecently. He’s proven he can carry a lot of water as a solo act, and WWE fans got to witness a breakthrough similar to that of the Hardy Boyz, who produced two new solo stars for the company.
Solo Sikoa’s ceiling is enormously high as a 29-year-old who has already carved a real niche for himself on the main roster. He was deposed as the most formidable member of The Bloodline and attached as the faction’s enforcer. Roman Reigns standing shoulder to shoulder says a lot as he was the muscle of The Shield many moons ago. Some fans have speculated that The Rock is the one who sent Sikoa to save The Bloodline clash at the castle, which would be incredibly exciting. WWE still has some runway left with the group, but needs to take a page from The Shield’s playbook and not crash them into the ground before taking the story in a different direction.
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