Speculation ran rampant leading up to Raw and SmackDown Live this week that the Superstar Shakeup could give a popular faction the chance to reform, and it has.
But it isn’t the faction everybody thought was getting the band back together.
Most of the whispers before the changes were revealed had either AJ Styles going to Raw or Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson going to SmackDown Live to reunite the members of The Club on one brand.There was so much talk about this that it’s hard to imagine WWE didn’t at least consider it as a possibility. For whatever the reason, the WWE elected not to make that move at this time.
However, there is one mega faction with all of its members back on Team Red – The Shield.
Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns remained on Raw, and Intercontinental Champ Dean Ambrose became the big Monday acquisition this week at the Nassau Coliseum in Long Island. The Lunatic Fringe delighted the crowd of over 12,000 Monday by nailing United States Champ Kevin Owens with Dirty Deeds to win the feature match.
A lot has happened since Rollins turned his back on The Shield back in 2014. Rollins has turned from heel to face, going from favorite of The Authority to Public Enemy No. 1 for Triple H and Stephanie McMahon. Reigns has seemingly turned from face to heel. Ambrose has established himself on his own as one of the most versatile and entertaining singles match brawlers in WWE.
Though none of their individual storylines currently point to The Shield reforming. The WWE has created the right conditions for such a landscape altering move.