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.

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