What’s more effective: strength in numbers or going it alone?

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December 03, 2012

Before 3MB took center stage, none of the individual members of the air-guitar playing trio was seen as a force to be reckoned with.

While Drew McIntyre stood out as a former Intercontinental Champion, in recent years he has done very little to grab the spotlight. Jinder Mahal’s strongest claim to fame before joining the outrageous coalition was finding creative ways to avoid defeat at the hands of Ryback. And Heath Slater spent the better part of 2012 getting taken down by WWE Legends. Only when they combined their talents did they become a truly fearsome trio, carving their niche in the exciting world of sports entertainment.

Without a doubt, the destructive combination of The Shield - Dean Ambrose, Roman Reigns and Seth Rollins - has rocketed into the forefront of Raw, taking out Ryback on WWE’s flagship show and even costing him a strong opportunity at the WWE Title at Survivor Series. It is very possible that, together, Ambrose, Reigns and Rollins have even usurped the momentum created by their ultra intense adversary.

Indeed, no one could deny the advantages of combining forces with other Superstars. In addition to the notoriety it can bring, it is a move that provides the ultimate security: someone to watch your back.

There is also the explosive unpredictability that occurs when individual energies are combined. No one really knows when, or from what angle, a faction will strike, leaving the WWE Universe guessing: “what will happen next?”

Banding together also provides a change for long-term advancement. Many of the WWE’s all-time-best Superstars were once members of a faction. From The Rock’s association with The Nation of Domination to Triple H and Shawn Michaels' time in the Kliq, competitors have used their groundbreaking – and often-times rule-breaking – associations as a virtual springboard to launch them into legendary status.

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