Seth Rollins was the most recent guest on Edge and Christian’s Pod of Awesomeness where the Royal Rumble winner revealed the original plan for the Shield’s breakup back in 2014. Rollins takes Edge and Christian on the timeline from their feud with CM Punk, to their epic rivalry with the Wyatt family that helped cement both factions as top acts within the company. He also reveals that in the original plan, it was Dean Ambrose who would turn.
The break-up was not our idea and we were not ready for that. We hadn’t had a run as babyfaces at the time, we had just done the heel stuff and we came off this program with Punk, where it was like Punk against The Shield. And I remember we did this three-on-one handicap match at TLC in December , and we lost to him, I think, in the three-on-one match, and they were ready to split us up then. Like, within the next month. I remember that was the plan, we were gonna break up and Ambrose was gonna turn, and it was just gonna be, almost, thrown away. I remember we went to Hunter, or Vince, or somebody – we talked to somebody that makes decisions, and we were like, ‘We can’t do this, we’re not ready for this right now. It’s not the right time and we’ve got so much more to offer. It’s not the right time! We need to pull back on this a little bit.
From there, we moved in to a bit of a babyface run. We worked with The Wyatt family in February. So we did the Rumble and, whatever, and then we did The Wyatt Family in February, which, they squeezed in because they thought they were gonna break us up. So there was a never a plan to work with The Wyatts, it was never gonna happen. And they’re like, ‘Well, I don’t know if we’re gonna break ’em up, we should get this match in.’
And the electricity of the two factions that had been so beautifully built up over the last few years, coming together to go to war was – the electricity for that was insane. We had a hell of a six-man tag team match with them and we had a few of them after that, but the first one at Elimination Chamber was off the charts.
Check out Rollins’ full appearance on the podcast here.