WWE comment: For The Wyatt Family, The Shield and the Wrestlemania XXX card...a stable environment is never the best

 

We recently learned that the main event at Wrestlemania XXX would be a triple threat match for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship between current champion Randy Orton, Royal Rumble winner Batista and the victor of the Daniel Bryan vs. Triple H bout that will precede it. In light of this announcement, the likelihood of two of other potential triple threat matches being on the card has decreased significantly.

Jack Swagger's recent frustrations in not being able to put away Intercontinental champion Big E have led him to become increasingly jealous of Real Americans partner Cesaro. It was beginning to look as though we might witness a Big E vs. Jack Swagger vs. Cesaro three-way for the belt in New Orleans on 6 April. A win in a match like this is exactly the kind of push Cesaro would benefit from since he has been so impressive in singles competitions and made quite an impact during last month's Elimination Chamber. The future of Zeb Colter's Real Americans looks quite shaky right now, and it appears that the big man Cesaro may be looking to go solo in order to reach his full potential.

Similar tensions in The Shield's camp over the last few months have also had everybody expecting Dean Ambrose to put his United States gold on the line against fellow “Hounds Of Justice”, Roman Reigns and Seth Rollins. Ambrose's attempt to eliminate Reigns at the Royal Rumble, his disappearance during their match against the Wyatt Family at Elimination Chamber, and his sporadic title defences appeared to be leading to the disbanding of the stable which would've led to an incredibly explosive triple threat match between three of the WWE's most talented performers. If it were to happen, a United States title run for powerhouse Roman Reigns would be just what he needs on his inevitable journey to the top of the mountain. However, The Shield appear to be back on the same page now after defying the orders of The Authority and turning on Kane last week.

Whilst a good, solid tag-team or faction can truly dominate in the WWE, often egos, varying talent, mistakes and miscommunications get in the way and they split. Sometimes though, going solo and putting yourself first is the best thing a superstar can do, leading to much bigger and better achievements.

“The Heartbreak Kid” Shawn Michaels isn't know as “Mr. Wrestlemania”, “The Showstopper” or “The Main Event” for nothing, and his split from Rockers partner Marty Janetty helped elevate him to the top, albeit quite slowly. Over the years Michaels did become involved in various other factions including The Kliq and D-Generation X, but by these points he was already well established as a singles competitor. His split from Janetty was a heel turn that made people realise he was an individual worth keeping an eye on and Michaels went from bad guy to crowd pleaser in the years that followed. Michaels won the Intercontinental Championship for the first time in 1992 from The British Bulldog and eventually became WWF Champion in 1996, defeating Bret Hart in an iron-man match at Wrestlemania XII. He held the top spot four other times during a career that had been plagued with serious injuries before his retirement in 2010. Shawn Michaels is a household name within the WWE and you have to wonder whether we would even remember who he was if he hadn't initiated the end of The Rockers.

The Nation (formerly the Nation Of Domination) consisted of The Rock, D'lo Brown, Mark Henry and The Godfather at the time of its demise in late 1998. The Rock was fast becoming a fan favourite and his ability was much greater than his comrades. Following the split of The Nation, The Rock went on to win the WWF Championship at Survivor Series in November that year and seven more title reigns followed. Although he did join Vince McMahon's Corporation stable and had a partnership with Mankind (The Rock 'n' Sock Connection), The Rock was still his own man during the rest of his full-time career and the “most electrifying man in sports entertainment” remains one of the best the business has ever seen.

Take one of the greatest wrestler's of the past, one of the best at the time, and two gifted up-and-coming superstars and you can achieve total dominance in the WWE. This was exactly the case in 2003 when Ric Flair and Triple H recruited Batista and Randy Orton to form the unstoppable Evolution. At one point Evolution collectively held the World Heavyweight Championship (Triple H), the Intercontinental Championship (Randy Orton) and the World Tag-Team Championship (Batista and Flair), but as Orton's career progressed leading to him winning the World Heavyweight Championship, Triple H became jealous and the group turned on him. We only need to look at the current situation in the WWE to see how the “Legend Killer” has thrived as a lone ranger.

It's always good to have somebody watch your back when things get tough, but often greed, jealousy, and the feeling of being held back take over. Sometimes your friends turn against you, and sometimes these partnerships just come to a natural end, but a true WWE superstar can make a name for themselves without the assistance of others.

As mentioned before, Cesaro and Roman Reigns may benefit in the long-run if their groups eventually disband, and it would be stupid to ignore how impressive Seth Rollins has been for a while now. Titus O'Neil also looks as though he has the potential to be a big name and each individual member of The Wyatt Family could definitely hold their own if required.

There may be both strength and safety in numbers, but sometimes the only person you want to trust is yourself.

PROMOTED VIDEO
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Arts and Entertainment
Johnny Depp no longer cares if people criticise his movie flops
films
Arts and Entertainment
All in a day's work: the players in the forthcoming 'Posh People: Inside Tatler'
TVGrace Dent thinks we should learn to 'hug a Hooray Henry', because poshness is an accident of birth
Arts and Entertainment
Wolf (Nathan McMullen), Ian (Dan Starky), The Doctor (Peter Capaldi), Clara (Jenna Coleman), Santa Claus (Nick Frost) in the Doctor Who Christmas Special (BBC/Photographer: David Venni)
art

Presents unwrapped, turkey gobbled... it's time to relax

Arts and Entertainment
Convicted art fraudster John Myatt
art

News
The two-year-old said she cut off her fringe because it was getting in her eyes
news
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Career Services
iJobs Job Widget
iJobs General

Opilio Recruitment: UX & Design Specialist

£40k - 45k per year + Benefits: Opilio Recruitment: A fantastic opportunity ...

Opilio Recruitment: Publishing Application Support Analyst

£30k - 35k per year + Benefits: Opilio Recruitment: We’re currently re...

Opilio Recruitment: Digital Marketing Manager

£35k - 45k per year + benefits: Opilio Recruitment: A fantastic opportunity ...

Opilio Recruitment: Sales Manager

£60k - 80k per year + Benefits: Opilio Recruitment: A fantastic opportunity ...

Day In a Page

Homeless Veterans Christmas Appeal: ‘We give them hope. They come to us when no one else can help’

Christmas Appeal

Meet the charity giving homeless veterans hope – and who they turn to when no one else can help
Should doctors and patients learn to plan humane, happier endings rather than trying to prolong life?

Is it always right to try to prolong life?

Most of us would prefer to die in our own beds, with our families beside us. But, as a GP, Margaret McCartney sees too many end their days in a medicalised battle
Thomas Cook's outgoing boss Harriet Green got by on four hours sleep a night - is that what it takes for women to get to the top?

What does it take for women to get to the top?

Thomas Cook's outgoing boss Harriet Green got by on four hours sleep a night and told women they had to do more if they wanted to get on
Christmas jumper craze: Inside the UK factory behind this year's multicultural must-have

Knitting pretty: British Christmas Jumpers

Simmy Richman visits Jack Masters, the company behind this year's multicultural must-have
French chefs have launched a campaign to end violence in kitchens - should British restaurants follow suit?

French chefs campaign against bullying

A group of top chefs signed a manifesto against violence in kitchens following the sacking of a chef at a Paris restaurant for scalding his kitchen assistant with a white-hot spoon
Radio 4 to broadcast 10-hour War and Peace on New Year's Day as Controller warns of cuts

Just what you need on a New Year hangover...

Radio 4 to broadcast 10-hour adaptation of War and Peace on first day of 2015
Cuba set to stage its first US musical in 50 years

Cuba to stage first US musical in 50 years

Claire Allfree finds out if the new production of Rent will hit the right note in Havana
Christmas 2014: 10 best educational toys

Learn and play: 10 best educational toys

Of course you want them to have fun, but even better if they can learn at the same time
Paul Scholes column: I like Brendan Rodgers as a manager but Liverpool seem to be going backwards not forwards this season

Paul Scholes column

I like Brendan Rodgers as a manager but Liverpool seem to be going backwards not forwards this season
Lewis Moody column: Stuart Lancaster has made all the right calls – now England must deliver

Lewis Moody: Lancaster has made all the right calls – now England must deliver

So what must the red-rose do differently? They have to take the points on offer 
Cameron, Miliband and Clegg join forces for Homeless Veterans campaign

Cameron, Miliband and Clegg join forces for Homeless Veterans campaign

It's in all our interests to look after servicemen and women who fall on hard times, say party leaders
Millionaire Sol Campbell wades into wealthy backlash against Labour's mansion tax

Sol Campbell cries foul at Labour's mansion tax

The former England defender joins Myleene Klass, Griff Rhys Jones and Melvyn Bragg in criticising proposals
Nicolas Sarkozy returns: The ex-President is preparing to fight for the leadership of France's main opposition party – but will he win big enough?

Sarkozy returns

The ex-President is preparing to fight for the leadership of France's main opposition party – but will he win big enough?
Is the criticism of Ed Miliband a coded form of anti-Semitism?

Is the criticism of Miliband anti-Semitic?

Attacks on the Labour leader have coalesced around a sense that he is different, weird, a man apart. But is the criticism more sinister?
Ouija boards are the must-have gift this Christmas, fuelled by a schlock horror film

Ouija boards are the must-have festive gift

Simon Usborne explores the appeal - and mysteries - of a century-old parlour game