Thursday, November 14, 2013

The Shield vs The Wyatt Family

The end of RAW the other night was excellent.  The best part of the whole thing was the initial confrontation between The Shield and The Wyatt Family.  Like one of the fine posters on WCMB mentioned, it came across as a genuine emotional moment.  Unfortunately, it feels like those moments (outside of Daniel Bryan) are fewer and farther between now.

It got me to thinking and while the McMahon/Austin feud was amazing the last great run of real emotional investment for me was probably the nWo angle.  This is especially true in the early days of it before it started losing steam.  Everything really felt like a happening and the fans legitimately invested their emotional energy in the feud.

I am not saying that there have been no great emotional moments in pro-wrestling since then.  WrestleMania XX with Eddie and Benoit was a great moment.  It was a great moment that has soured for obvious reasons, but at the time was another legitimate feelgood moment.  The difference is that those weren't sustained moments like the nWo's attempted takeover of WCW.

Anyhow, I am getting off track.  The moment on RAW the other night was great due to all parties involved really.  It wasn't just Bray Wyatt or Dean Ambrose.  All six members brought excellent intensity and believability to the proceedings.  Seth Rollins, for example, is easy to overlook in The Shield in some ways.  He doesn't have the size of Reigns or Ambrose's charisma, but the other night when he got in Luke Harper's face it was completely believable.  The whole scene just had this, "Stuff is about to get real!" feel to it which is largely lacking in wrestling these days.

Will WWE have the good sense to let this thing run?  I seriously doubt it, but I sure hope I'm wrong.  I know two heel groups aren't supposed to feud, but this collision kind of seems inevitable.  I say let's do it and see how it turns out.  


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