Reigns was actually going by the name Leakee in FCW/NXT before coming to the main roster. He is the next generation of Samoan talent WWE has.
Crazy enough, it seems all of them are related. Big family tree, huh?
WWE felt Reigns was a great talent by himself. This made journalists such as myself believe he would come up on his own to the main roster. His size alone was something WWE would love. He may not be the best mic worker, but he didn’t have to be. He could be given a manager if need be, but even then that was overkill possibly. He could be similar to Ryback was where they rarely handed him a mic.
Of course, we saw how handing him a mic eventually happened. It makes me sad too.
Reigns wasn’t the only singles star to emerge on the main roster with Shield, Seth Rollins did as well. Known as Tyler Black on the Independent scene, his legend grew more and more before he even arrived in WWE.
Black was young and was already a main guy in ROH and doing well in other promotions throughout America.
Eventually he won the ROH World Title and held it for quite a while before signing with WWE in his early 20s, which was saying a ton. Black was a top Indy star before he even hit his 25th birthday. This is something many cannot say. People were very excited about his arrival because they felt he’d be a big star.
IWC fans about wet their pants when they read on the news wires that he had signed, which was not crazy in my opinion. Black was a top star and now you’re getting to see him in WWE against other big time talents.
Eventually his name changed to Seth Rollins, and while not as catchy as Tyler Black, it doesn’t really matter. Rollins did quite well against everyone and became a major player in FCW. Just like Reigns, most expected Rollins to be on the main roster eventually on his own. His wrestling ability is unquestionable. The dude can go in the ring as good as anyone.
But like Reigns, while the wrestling is there, the mic skill is not.
Rollins has had issues with his mic work dating back to his Indy days. This is probably why WWE didn’t bring him up quicker, because they felt he wouldn’t emerge as a top talent with no mic skill.
Finally we have Dean Ambrose, who most believe will still be a massive singles star in WWE. There is literally no one who had more hype before hitting the main roster for IWC fans than Ambrose, absolutely no one.
Funny enough, many weren’t as familiar with him on the Indy scene as Jon Moxley. Arguably Rollins was far more popular than Ambrose in their Indy days, but that was mainly because of where the two wrestled.
That said, Ambrose was considered a star by WWE. So they signed him. From the moment he signed he has been the best guy in FCW/NXT. His mic work and wrestling skill both are excellent. This made people believe he would be on the main roster on his own, just like Rollins and Reigns.
But WWE had a plan to make The Shield group, which pushed all three immediately. All are singles stars working as a team, and they have no signs of slowing down. Now all three hold titles (US and Tag Team).
All three have something they bring to the table for the group. Reigns brings the power and intimidation, Rollins brings speed and spots, and Ambrose brings leadership and mic work. This makes them dangerous. All three while good by themselves are a team. And that makes them a legit group to take seriously.
But now, we have a group called the Wyatt Family coming in. While The Shield group was a very over heel faction, these people seem to be other worldly. They seem to be nuts, brain washed and full of the unknown. It makes The Shield seem light in comparison.
While we have not seen the Wyatts in the ring yet, and haven’t even seen what they can do to the main roster, we have to think about what would happen if the Wyatts and Shield ever came face to face.
In my opinion, you cannot have two...