Re: Kassius Ohno should have been in the Shield instead of Ambrose
I agree with both sides of this, actually.
Yes, the Shield would be great for Ohno, he'd get to hide his weaknesses and I think he'd shine in the matches because there'd be a reason to care before he made them fans for life with his wrestling talent. And yeah, the flack jackets would be great to cover up his less than impressive look.
BUT...Ohno's promos really aren't threatening enough to work for the Shield. Kassius is not...macho really. He's soft spoken and cerebral. He's charismatic, but he's not the type of charisma WWE loves and Dean has in spades.
Ambrose didn't carry the Shield (I think each member contributes near equally). And while his role (the mouthpiece) could have been played by someone else...I don't know who that someone else could've been. And it certainly isn't Ohno.
Could Dean have done better as a solo guy? I really don't think so. He needed an intro, a hook, to make him matter, otherwise he's another Sandow (whom I love...but is not doing super well). Hell, even the debuting heels with a bunch of pomp and circumstance (Wyatt, ADR) is not/did not take off immediately. I feel that WWE would not have had the patience to wait for the Dean experiment to work. He would've cut a couple creepy promos, then had a competent if underwhelming match and he'd be shunted off to Smackdown to feud with Kofi Kingston.
I think that the Shield has been done almost perfectly, they've taken three talented if flawed performers and made them mean something. Could Ohno have worked in Ambrose's role and Dean been a huge star as a solo guy? Maybe...it's always possible. But I really don't think so.
Interesting idea though.
Currently marking for:
WWE Main Roster: Cesaro, Seth Rollins, Sheamus, Kalisto, Kevin Owens, Alberto Del Rio, Rusev, Neville, Renee Young, Becky Lynch, Sasha Banks, Charlotte Flair, New Day
WWE NXT: Sami Zayn, Finn Bálor, Hideo Itami, Vaudevillains, Realest Guys, Blake+Alexa+Murphy Factor, Peyton Royce, Billie Kay, Baron Corbin, Samoa Joe, Asuka, Chad Gable
Dragon Gate: BxB Hulk, Masato Yoshino, Chuck Taylor, CIMA, Naruki Doi.
RoH: Briscoe Brothers, Adam Cole, The Addiction, AJ Styles, MsChif, Steve Corino
Lucha Underground: Ivelisse, King Cuerno, Cheerleader Melissa, Cage, Johnny Mundo, Fenix, Pentagon Jr.
Joshi: Ayako Hamada, Megumi Kudo, Manami Toyota
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