WWE Hall of Famer Mick Foley shared this side by side comparison shortly after he presented the barbed wire-wrapped baseball bat to Dean Ambrose on RAW during their promo last night. The symbolic gesture would seem to substantiate rumors Triple H and Vince McMahon are both actively looking to bring back hardcore matches. They’ve certainly got the talent to realistically pull it off now. Could the hardcore-esque matches that have been happening in recent months be more than just a work? Could we see the return of the Hardcore Championship Title?
This other bit of info would be easy to dismiss if not for the fact Seth Rollins has been sharing #TBT pics of The Shield and openly suggesting a possible SHIELD reunion when he returns to the ring. It’s very possible he will be a face when he returns. For those who don’t know, Seth Rollins is currently out with due to injury. Technically never losing the WWE Championship aside, Rollins held both the WWE Championship and the US Championship at the same time last year. Cena did a great job making Rollins credible last year.
Of course, the other two former Shield members have been getting mega pushes ever since the Shield broke up: Roman Reigns is likely booked to win the WWE Title vs. Triple H at Wrestlemania in April, making him a 3-time Champion in 4 months–As a reminder, Reigns won the tournament to win the WWE Title after it was initially vacated due to Rollins’ injury. He lost it moments later the same night to Sheamus, who cashed in his Money in the Bank briefcase. He would then win the title again on RAW 2 weeks later but lost it again to Triple H at the Royal Rumble.
Dean Ambrose has held both lower-tier titles (US Title and IC Title) and has also been involved in several WWE World Heavyweight Championship Matches. Except for Roadblock (3/12/2016), they were Triple Threat or Fatal Fourway Matches though. In that match, he went up against Triple H and came pretty close to winning the title. The match was obviously done to make Ambrose winning the title believable. Of course, The Ambrose Asylum and Suplex City Collide at Wrestlemania 31 in a No Holds Barred Street Fight ^_^
All that said, I don’t seen the Shield immediately getting back together when Rollins eventually returns: It’s subtle now but I can see Ambrose and Reigns doing more promos apart than together. I do see Rollins being the one trying to get The Shield back together though when he returns, though.