Yeah, yeah, yeah, I know Tactix and I have been talking for weeks about how I was going to start writing for this site on Dec. 1st. but life got in the way and I was unable to write something that I was truly happy with. Finally, I decided that I was going to rant about something that got me all worked up earlier on in the week, the interview on RAW this week with the three NXT members now officially known as “The Shield”. Before you say anything, yes Tactix has already touched on this, so a good amount of what I am going to write is going to be a repeat, but I need to clean my soul of this anger. So let’s get started
For anyone who has not read Tactix latest few entries, first of all, what are you doing reading mine without reading his? If you want to see true writing ability, read anything written by Tactix. Second of all, let me introduce you two the three men now called “The Shield”. Dean Ambrose, Roman Reigns, and Seth Rollins are the three men who first exploded onto the scene at Survivor Series during the CM Punk vs. Ryback vs. John Cena match. They have continued their appearances since Survivor Series by helping Punk whenever they felt that he was being treated unjustly. So, you may be asking why I am getting all worked up over something like this.
I guess my frustration with this storyline is multifaceted. First of all, I am getting tired of WWE stealing ideas from TNA. Among the many storylines that WWE has decided to jack from TNA are the whole AJ Styles affair thing with Dixie Carter and now “The Shield” is just a very weak rip off of “Aces and Eights”. Saying this makes my stomach turn because people are actually saying that “The Shield” is more dangerous than “Aces and Eights”. The stupidity of this statement, is mind numbing. There are 8 members of “Aces and Eights” vs. the three members of “The shield”. The most dangerous thing that I have seen “The Shield” do is put Ryback through the announce table. On the other hand “Aces and Eights” are going after people with hammers.
Now, it is not the simple appearance of this group that pisses me off. I mean there have always been groups like this that have popped up and made their impact on the business. In fact, the idea that Paul E Hayman and CM Punk may be leading a small group of talent is kind of intriguing to me. Well, that is as long as it doesn’t turn into another Straight Edge Society. In my humble opinion, Paul Hayman is one of the smartest guys in the business. I was a huge fan of ECW back before WWE got involved with it and I am a huge fan of the guys that came out of ECW. So, the fact that this group has emerged is not what makes me mad. No, what makes me mad is that stupid interview on RAW. The guys could hold their own on the mic I guess. I mean, saying you are good on the mic while a member of WWE is not saying a whole lot. I guess the whole idea that they had an entire interview basically to introduce the name “The Shield” is what pisses me off. I mean if you want to start calling a group a certain name, than bring them into the ring and have them explain it, don’t do a whole interview segment especially when you aren’t quite sure how they are on the mic, that just leaves it open for a Christian moment (for those of you who don’t understand that reference, check out Christian’s first time on the mic in WWE. It was painful).
So, what to do with “The Shield” is really the big question. I feel the only real smart way to deal with this is to finally have them admit that they are in alliance with Hayman and Punk, possibly adding more well known guys to the faction. But WWE needs to keep in mind that they should be original, if they in any way start noticing any more parallels with what TNA is doing with “Aces and Eights”, they need to go a different direction.