Re: What direction are The Shield heading in?
They'll help Punk retain the title at the Rumble and then they'll celebrate with Punk to show that they are indeed working for Punk. Maybe have them compete in the actual Rumble match.
Then at Elimination Chamber, The Shield will somehow obtain spots in the WWE Title match and along with Punk beat down on the other participants in the match and then have Punk try and demand for The Shield to lay down and get pinned, Roman and Dean lay down willing enough. However, Seth kicks up a bit of a fuss but eventually reluctantly does so, which will lead to some divide between The Shield and Punk and plant the seeds for the break up and a future Rollins/Punk feud.
Then at Wrestlemania, The Shield will be banned from interfering in the Punk/Cena WWE Title match and are given a six man tag match against Ryback and two other face superstars. Then following Mania The Shield begin to fall apart as a group and they all go their seperate ways.
That's my scenario. Sorry It's a bit long winded.
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