Is there a mysterious fourth member of The Shield?
Since stalking their way onto the scene, The Shield has fast become a force to be reckoned with in WWE. But is there actually a fourth Superstar working for their destructive cause?
It would certainly stand to reason. Historically, many successful factions — including D-Generation X, The nWo, The Corporation and more recently The Straight Edge Society — started with a core group of members before inevitably expanding outward. And if it’s true that addition will be the natural course of events, then anything is possible. Certainly, there are several candidates that fit such a profile.
Paul Heyman, for one, definitely has a connection with Dean Ambrose, Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns that makes both him and his Superstars suspect — particularly considering his “alleged” payment to the treacherous trio in exchange for their attacks on behalf of CM Punk. With that in mind, what if Punk’s recent exit from the ring without a word was nothing more than a trick to throw the WWE Universe off his scent and preface his dynamic public re-emergence into the destructive fold. After all, as individual as The Straight Edge Superstar might be, he is no stranger to working his agenda within a group setting.
Also on the Heyman front, remember that when 3MB called out The Shield on the April 15 edition of Raw, it was the crafty manager’s own Superstar, Brock Lesnar, who emerged to unleash chaos in their place. What if those actions weren’t as random as it seemed? Could The Anomaly have been answering the call of The Shield?
Outside of the Heyman contingent, of course, numerous other Superstars would fit right in with the philosophy of “The Hounds of Justice.”
Big Show, for one, has shown major dissatisfaction with how he has been treated in recent months — particularly by the likes of SmackDown General Manager Booker T. Without a doubt, he would fit in with the seekers of justice. And despite the fact that The World’s Largest Athlete’s recently teamed with Randy Orton and Sheamus at WrestleMania against the faction, he has spent all his time since The Show of Shows battling The Celtic Warrior and The Viper — two competitors that remain enemies of The Shield.
Could the No. 1 contender to the WWE Title, Ryback, actually be in cahoots with The Shield? While the “Human Wrecking Ball” has been the victim of their numerous attacks in the past, he also recently stood back as WWE Champion John Cena suffered the full effects of their wrath. Perhaps The Champ has even more to worry about at Extreme Rules than he knows.
What about Jack Swagger? With all the destruction the “Real American” and Zeb Colter have orchestrated in of their feverish pursuit of “Jack Swagger’s America,” maybe “We the People” is really working to stomp out their brand of “injustice for all” and it’s only a matter of time before it all comes to light.
One must never forget about The Hall of Pain. Always one of the most furious Superstars in the locker room, Mark Henry’s rage could easily be aligned with The Shield’s directive. And while leaping over the ringside barricade from the crowd seems unlikely, The World’s Strongest Man could just power through it.
What is unknown may soon become known and what is cloudy may in fact be clear. While there are various Superstars that would conceivably add to the mayhem of The Shield, the real danger of an existing fourth member is that it could make an uncontrollable unit virtually unstoppable.