I am a huge fan of The Shield but mostly Seth Rollins. Do you think WWE missed the boat in splitting the faction up or does it give them more time to build each as a singles star?
The biggest problem I have with the booking of The Shield is the fact WWE teased dissension for so long only to pivot and turn them. It was the difference of opinions between Vince McMahon and Triple H playing out on television that I didn't like. I was optimistic The Shield would have no problem getting over as babyfaces and they haven't disappointed. Ultimately I think the babyface run will only increase their stock as singles stars and tend to agree they weren't quite ready for singles when the idea of splitting them was first brought up. So to answer your question, I do not think WWE "missed the boat" and only increased their stock with the turn.
Did you notice the negative reaction the crowd gave when Evolution interfered in the Raw main event? It seemed to be more about the fact that Evolution essentially ruined a very good Wyatt vs Shield match the fans loved. This run-in reminded me of WCW's annoying habit of having the nWo do that over and over and generate the wrong kind of heat. Do you think WWE should me more cognizant of this?
Knowing that WWE wants to do The Shield vs. Evolution again at WWE Payback in June, I understood the purpose of the run-in. TV can't be treated like pay-per-view in that it's used to build and further programs and not feature pure wrestling matches. When this type of thing happens on pay-per-view, in a blowoff situation, I'm much more critical. TNA has always had a horrible habit of overbooking high profile matches and that reminds me of the WCW run-ins you mentioned. I had no problem with what happened on Raw but I understand your valid concern.
With the Undertaker being pretty banged up after Wrestlemania, was there any heat on Brock Lesnar for working stiff?
If Brock Lesnar had heat, I didn't hear about it. I heard Brock was very humble after the win and you could see him thanking Undertaker in the ring if you go back and watch closely. Brock Lesnar is what he is and that's part of what makes him such a big draw. Undertaker was concerned about what type of match he could get out of Brock and the fact of the matter is, his concerns were realized when he was concussed early on. The match left a lot to be desired but I warmed to the outcome (after initial rejection) after hearing all sides. The pressure is now off Undertaker on multiple levels. He's no longer faced with being forced to come back or in a situation where it's up to him to save the show. WWE could still do a very high profile match in Sting vs. Undertaker if Undertaker wanted it. If not, he's a first ballot Hall of Famer and will be commended for passing the torch.
For those that are not friends with me on Facebook, I posted a note about the streak on Thursday morning. I'll include it below:
What role do you see Ric Flair taking on with his apparent backing of The Shield. Is this a swerve or legitimate change of heart?
I looked at Ric Flair's endorsement of The Shield prior to Extreme Rules as "there's more to the story." We'll see what becomes of it but it's another element that adds intrigue.
From the Ask WNW vault…
February 2012: Despite only airing for two weeks the angle of Natalya is tedious already. Is there any purpose in it or is it just a way to keep kids entertained during the PG era? - The Natalya “farting” gimmick is disgusting. I have told people that I feel it is Vince McMahon’s immaturity at the forefront, highlighting his weird sense of humor. I don’t know the purpose but I can’t believe someone would find it entertaining.
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