The thing is WWE HAD to cool off on their push. They can't really be top guys now that they have titles. I think WWE realized that they were pushing The Shield too hard to the point where they had no real contenders for their belts. Do we really believe that Kane or Christian wants to be U.S. Champion? Or that two random guys like say Sheamus and Randy Orton want to be tag champs? The people who should be competing for the U.S. and/or tag titles aren't credible enough to wrestle the Shield. The only wrestlers who ARE credible enough to face them are above the U.S./Tag belts. WWE had to dial them back just so they could have competition.