Dean Ambrose made his last appearance on RAW this week as he decided to part away from Vince McMahon’s billion dollar company. The departure of the Lunatic Fringe was announced in January that the former WWE Champion would leave after the Showcase of Immortals.
The Shield reunited one last time after RAW went off the air this week and Ambrose gave an emotional farewell to WWE Universe.
Ambrose had a mind-boggling career in WWE, and his departure could leave a void. He had plenty of success on the main roster. Ambrose won the Intercontinental Title three times, US Title once, RAW Tag Team Titles twice and the WWE Title once. In fact, he is a Grand Slam Champion.
With the departure of Ambrose, we might not be able to see The Shield again. However, Roman Reigns and Seth Rollins could recruit another credible superstar to form the iconic stable. Considering Kurt Angle appeared as a Shield member in 2017, it cannot be ruled out.
Here we discuss three superstars who could replace Dean Ambrose in The Shield as penciled down by WWE CEO Vince McMahon:
# Aleister Black
The Dutch Destroyer is certainly a suitable candidate to replace Dean Ambrose. Black is similar to the size of Ambrose and WWE can utilize him well as a Shield member. Currently, Black is involved in a tag team along with Ricochet as they competed at the Grandest Stage of Them All. Considering Black has never been pinned after debuting on RAW after Elimination Chamber, Vince McMahon could have huge plans for him.
Black was a colossal name in NXT, and he had notable success in the developmental brand. The Dutch Destroyer made his NXT debut in 2016 where he became the NXT Champion. Black had several memorable bouts with Tommaso Ciampa, Lars Sullivan, Johnny Gargano, Andrade and many more. The former NXT Champion also won the ‘NXT Male Competitor of Year’ award in 2017.
Considering his achievements in the developmental brand, he has the potential to be a top-tier superstar of the company. He can lift his stature as a new Shield member. Moreover, his proficiency in the ring could provide Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns a fitting partner.
# AJ Styles
It could be a jaw-dropping moment for the fans if AJ Styles decides to join The Shield. The Phenomenal One has more star power than Ambrose, and the stable could get a new dimension. The former WWE Champion had a bout against Randy Orton at the Show of Shows where he walked out as victorious.
With the Superstar Shakeup set to take place next week, Styles could possibly switch brands as he has been part of the blue brand since the reintroduction of the brand split. There is no denying that Styles is one of the greatest in-ring performers of the current generation, if not the greatest. The Phenomenal One produced numerous astounding bouts in his WWE career.
He won the US Title twice and WWE Title twice. Styles could be a great addition to The Shield, and the stable could look more threatening. Moreover, The Phenomenal One could elevate his illustrious career as a Shield member if he moves to RAW after the Superstar Shakeup.
# Finn Balor Joining The Shield
Finn Balor could be a perfect candidate to fill the void of Dean Ambrose, and he is number one in this list. Balor won the Intercontinental Championship at the Showcase of Immortals as he defeated Bobby Lashley. Moreover, the newly crowned Intercontinental Champion defended the title on RAW this week when he fought Sami Zayn.
Balor has immense popularity in the WWE Universe. The leader of the Balor Club had enormous success in NXT where he was the longest reigning NXT Champion. He was also the first ever Universal Champion, and he is a two-time Intercontinental Champion.
Both Rollins and Reigns had excellent matches with Balor in the past. Therefore, the two men are familiar with Balor and the latter could be a great addition of The Shield. Being part of a stable is not a new task for Balor as he was part of the popular Bullet Club in Japan. It will be exciting if he becomes part of one of the imposing stables of Vince McMahon’s billion dollar company.
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