The Hounds of Justice are all set to face the formidable new 'alliance' of Braun Strowman, Drew McIntyre & Dolph Ziggler at WWE Super Show-Down in Melbourne, Australia a few weeks down the line. The riveting matchup has been officially announced by the WWE--with all 6 Superstars in question expected to feud with the rival faction in the days to come.
While multi-man (or woman) tag team matches in the WWE, as well as professional wrestling in general, are largely utilized as filler content on a card featuring marquee one-on-one matchups, the peculiar case of Dean Ambrose, Seth Rollins & Roman Reigns facing Braun Strowman, Drew McIntyre & Dolph Ziggler could perhaps be classified as an exception to the norm. This is serious business, people!
Reigns presently holds the Universal title, the most prestigious title in WWE other than of course the WWE Championship which belongs to AJ Styles, and the fact that WWE has chosen to book its Universal Champion into a faction angle, just goes to show how much trust they have in The Shield as a box office attraction. Speaking of which, the WWE most definitely has to be extremely careful with the manner in which they handle the aforementioned 6-Man Tag Team Match...Today, we take a look at the 5 directions in which the WWE could end the all-important match at Super Show-Down...
#5 Braun Strowman, Drew McIntyre & Dolph Ziggler dominate
Here's the thing about dominant factions and their progression--Be it the nWo, Evolution or D-Generation X; every legendary stable eventually disintegrates...That's, quite frankly, the nature of the business; the name of the game; and what could be the direction the WWE is moving in with The Shield.
After making a huge splash with their main roster debut in 2012, Ambrose, Rollins & Reigns went on to achieve considerable success as a team before Rollins turned on his Shield brethren in order to join The Authority in 2014. Now, while the trio ascended to great heights of success as singles competitors as well, the WWE chose to book The Shield to reunite last year--only for their run to be cut short due to an injury to Ambrose...Nevertheless, The Lunatic Fringe returned to action earlier this year, and The Shield is back together again.
The entire angle of The Hounds of Justice reuniting time and again only to fall apart has left somewhat of a dull impression of the group over the past several months. Well, the WWE could easily solve this issue for good, by having Strowman, McIntyre & Ziggler take advantage of an off-beat Shield who just can't get their coordination as a team together--utterly annihilating and disbanding The Shield much like they did on the August 27th, 2018 episode of Monday Night RAW...
#4 The Shield squeak by
Let's face it, the WWE has big plans for both Braun Strowman and Drew McIntyre moving forward, and the company would be remiss to have either of these two behemoths take the fall in the 6-Man Tag Team Match against The Shield at Super Show-Down come October 6th. In fact, even the prospect of Strowman and/or McIntyre looking weak against The Shield could prove to be disastrous for their on-screen characters that are white-hot right now.
The solution? Well of course, why not have "The Showoff" Dolph Ziggler be the man to take one for the team! Ziggler is at a point in his career where wins and losses don't really matter to his character, and his spot on the card remains untouchable no matter what transpires inside the ring.
Although one of The Shield members could get the win for their team by pinning Ziggler, the WWE would be better off having them emphasize the fact that they were barely able to get by the formidable team comprising Strowman, McIntyre and last but not the least Ziggler. The Shield must by no means, and I mean no means, squash the opposing team--or else they'd end up seriously hurting the credibility of Strowman & McIntyre as top RAW stars going forward...
#3 Braun Strowman as the heel champion
Firstly, the very idea of turning Braun Strowman heel just so reigning Universal Champion Roman Reigns may get cheered more than him, seems to be a bit of a hasty decision so to speak. Regardless, what's done is done, and the WWE chose to seemingly turn The Monster Among Men heel on the August 27th, 2018 edition of RAW.
Expounding upon the same, while most people don't expect Strowman to defeat Reigns for the Universal title in their match at the Hell In A Cell PPV on September 16th, this is the WWE and in the world of sports-entertainment it's anything goes. That's right, folks--Your new Universal Champion heading into HIAC could very well be none other than Braun Strowman.
Now that the WWE have already pulled the trigger on turning Strowman heel, it'd make great sense from a business perspective to put the Universal title on him at Hell In A Cell, and then have him enter the 6-Man Tag Team Match at Super Show-Down as the red brand's undisputed king.
A heel Strowman proudly carrying the title with a smirk on his face, all while assisted by The Scottish Terminator and The Showoff, against a desperate Roman Reigns, worried Seth Rollins and angry Dean Ambrose could make for a classic multi-man match at the special show down under...The end could come when Strowman--after avoiding wrestling Reigns all through the match--finally tags in after McIntyre has laid out a battered Reigns, with Strowman only having to place his boot on The Big Dog's face and have the referee count 1-2-3...
#2 Roman Reigns: The Powerhouse
Remember when Roman Reigns used to be announced as "The Muscle", "The Powerhouse" of The Shield? No? Well, you can't really be blamed for that, can you?
After getting Reigns tremendously over with the WWE Universe all through 2012, '13 and '14, the WWE chose to have Reigns win the 2015 Royal Rumble rather than having fan-favorite Daniel Bryan go over at the event. Reigns has been booed--despite being a babyface--ever since, and the WWE subsequently focused more on Reigns as an anti-authority figure rather than a hard-hitting powerhouse.
The best possible path here is for the WWE to have The Big Dog go back to his origins of being a silent destroyer--The Powerhouse of The Shield needs to return. At Super Show-Down, the WWE could put forth an angle wherein Dean Ambrose & Seth Rollins get mercilessly beat down by Braun Strowman, Drew McIntyre & Dolph Ziggler--albeit with the latter trio using nefarious means--only for Reigns to then kip up and single-handedly survive against his opponents.
The end could then come with Ambrose & Rollins getting back in the fray and taking on McIntyre & Strowman respectively in brawls outside the ring. Reigns then counters a Zig-Zag attempt by Ziggler, to Superman Punch, Spear and then pin the latter for the miraculous win...
#1 Dean Ambrose or Seth Rollins turn on The Shield
Yes. Rumors of the WWE planning to turn Dean Ambrose heel have been rife since well before The Lunatic Fringe made his on-screen return on Monday Night RAW. However, an Ambrose heel turn--as exciting an angle as it may sound--is yet to come to fruition.
The WWE could have Ambrose turn against his Shield brothers during their 6-Man Tag Team Match at Super Show-Down--Following which, Braun Strowman, Drew McIntyre & Dolph Ziggler beat the brakes off Seth Rollins & Roman Reigns and go on to win the match.
Alternatively, the WWE may choose to take us back to 2014 once again--having Rollins betray Ambrose & Reigns akin to what he did when he joined hands with Triple H back in '14. While the prospect of an Ambrose heel turn seems more appealing, it's tough to deny that both he and Rollins work so much better as heels.
Irrespective of whether Ambrose or Rollins is the one who turns against The Shield, the end result ought to be the same where the remaining two members of the group get beaten black and blue--with Reigns taking the majority of the brunt. In fact, after emerging victorious in their match at Super Show-Down, and Ambrose possibly having betrayed his brothers, Strowman, McIntyre & Ziggler could rub salt in Reigns' wounds by delivering a Shield-esque Triple-Powerbomb through the announce table.
Which finish do you envision as most likely to happen? Do sound off in the comments below!