If you have watched WWE programming this week, you have noticed hints of something many expected would eventually happen: The Shield's breakup.
For now, the trio of United States Champion Dean Ambrose and former WWE Tag Team Champions Roman Reigns and Seth Rollins remain a team. But the unit is in their final days. And that's a good thing.
The Shield has enjoyed a great run as a three-man team wreaking havoc on WWE. They have gone after superstars big and small and made it clear that they are all talented superstars with a lot to contribute to the company. In fact, if you look back at on some of the WWE's best matches of 2013, you can probably come up with several matches involving one or all of The Shield's members.
Here are four reasons why splitting up The Shield will be good for WWE:
(1) Adds strong, talented superstars to the singles pool. With Ambrose, Reigns and Rollins, you have three guys who can wrestle in solo competition and battle for titles. Ambrose is a guy that could be one of WWE's top talents moving forward. He has the charisma and the in-ring skills needed to be a WWE champion. Don't be surprised if he's in a WWE Championship as early as 2014.
But don't overlook Reigns and Rollins. Both are solid in-ring performers and they have the mic skills necessary to succeed in this business. They could compete in future WWE Championship matches down the road, but they could also help elevate other titles, including the Intercontinental Championship, which has lost a bit of its luster over the years.
(2) Opens the door for more (and better) storylines. The Shield has been involved in the ongoing Triple H/Stephanie McMahon "Authority" storyline. But if they are split up, it's likely that at least one or all of them will go in a different direction, or have a different role in the storyline.
If they go in a different direction, it will allow WWE Creative to come up with new, interesting storylines involving that superstar. It could be Ambrose going off on his own and starting a feud. It could be Reigns and/or Rollins joining forces and remaining with Triple H and Stephanie as enforcer types. The possibilities are endless.
The point is that this will give the writing team more options. It could help them create new storylines or help freshen up some of the current storylines.
(3) Boost WWE pay-per-view cards. We have seen Seth Rollins' high-flying antics, Roman Reigns' vicious spear and Dean Ambrose's all-around awesomeness on display at pay-per-views before. But now you'll get to see them in singles action.
WWE pay-per-views have been mostly boring post-Wrestlemania. There have been some exceptions, and most of those exceptions include matches involving The Shield. Pay-per-views could use a boost and having Dean Ambrose wrestle, say, CM Punk or Seth Rollins battle Daniel Bryan would give WWE some great, entertaining matches at their biggest monthly show.
(4) Allows for the Wyatt Family to become the most feared threesome. The Shield had their opportunity to torment some of the biggest WWE superstars. Now it's the Wyatt Family's turn.
As good as Ambrose, Reigns and Rollins have been, Bray Wyatt, Erick Rowan and Luke Harper could be even better. They have showed in their first few months of WWE action that they can be a big name trio and attract plenty of attention.
The sadistic ways of the Wyatt Family have made them one of the best things to watch on WWE programming. That will only continue as they are elevated from the No. 2 team in the company (behind The Shield) to the No. 1 spot. With The Shield's split, it will allow the Wyatts to be included in some of WWE's biggest storylines.