The first-ever episode of WWE RAW to air on Christmas brought the WWE Universe a gift that many didn’t see coming – Jason Jordan and Seth Rollins became the newest tag team champions. Whether you’re a fan of Kurt Angle’s babyface son or not, you can’t deny that the new pairing has certainly made an impact already.
On top of the controversy of Jason Jordan’s push and the die-hard Shield fans opposed to anyone but Dean Ambrose at Seth Rollins’ side, there’s also the question of long-term plans for the team. Ambrose’s injury absence is rumored anywhere from 5 to 9 months; many think he’ll even be back by Royal Rumble as a surprise entrant. No matter the case, he’s not gone forever, and when he comes back exactly what will happen?
It’s not like Jordan and Rollins couldn’t keep the belts until Dean Ambrose’s return. Just this past Monday on New Years Day, we saw the build of what will hopefully be an interesting storyline. It made for a pretty good match, and gave a little more padding to the relationship between the new tag champs. It also helped show that Jordan’s still up-and-coming in some ways, and the veteran Rollins could have a lot to teach him in their time together.
The thing is, though, we’ve still got the Shield whether Ambrose is out of action or not. Regardless of the fact that the Shield haven’t been played up as much as they were when they first returned, the fact stands that they’re still reunited. I mean, they’ve got five different shirts and a hoodie in the WWE shop. No way they’d just disband so early into their return… right?
The Shield – With Or Without Jason Jordan?
Jason Jordan made a point of telling Seth Rollins, “You have to admit, I make a pretty good replacement for Ambrose”. Effectively, that’s what he is right now, and he did help Rollins take the titles back. Regardless of why their efforts didn’t work, this is something Rollins wasn’t able to do with Ambrose.
Now, it’s no secret that Dean Ambrose has a temper. I mean, think of how long it took him to get along with Rollins again. Remember post-Shield 2014, when all he did was try to rip Rollins apart for what he did? He’s vindictive when he’s wronged, and having Jordan take his place would be enough to push him over the edge. He’s snapped for a lot less, that’s for sure. Could it be that the WWE is setting up for another Shield disbandment at the hands of Ambrose?
It sounds a little far-fetched, especially after only two weeks without the Lunatic Fringe, but think about it. Jason Jordan and Seth Rollins are standing tall with the WWE RAW Tag Team Titles for months, inevitably growing a bit closer and getting a system built up to work together. Then bam, here comes Ambrose, fresh off his injury leave and ready to start swinging again. You really think the most unstable member of the Shield is gonna just sit back and let himself be replaced?
Of course, this is all contingent on Jason Jordan and Seth Rollins actually holding the titles for however long that would turn out to be. With the relatively quick pace of the tag division as of late, they may not even make it through February. Maybe Rollins loses his patience for the “Ambrose replacement” and breaks their partnership up on his own, or maybe Jordan turns heel and takes matters into his own hands?
Jason Jordan, Seth Rollins, And Roman Reigns…?
We could even see another problem arise if Reigns starts involving himself with the Shield more than he has lately. We got a taste of that last Monday when he heatedly told Seth “you do not mess with our brother”, in regards to Ambrose. All through the Shield-less landscapes of 2014-2017, Reigns and Ambrose stayed close. They refer to each other as family, and Reigns has said in the past that Ambrose is the only one on the roster he likes. Thought he’s possibly expanded to include Rollins now that they put their differences aside, it more than likely doesn’t include Jordan.
How does the Big Dog feel about Jordan tagging with Seth? I highly doubt Reigns would be anywhere but at Ambrose’s side if it came to a showdown. Which poses another interesting question – could we ever see Jordan and Rollins vs. Ambrose and Reigns? If the current tag team champs hold onto their titles until Ambrose returns, could this be the next big thing?
There’s dozens of possibilities that could play out. As predictable as the WWE can be, we might actually get a good storyline and some good matches along the way. Maybe Jason Jordan will step up and fill the boots that the Lunatic Fringe had to temporarily leave behind. Whether or not that pans out for long, all factors considered, who knows? Well, if we know anything about Dean Ambrose, though, he’s anything but replaceable.
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