Butch Cassidy was a wisecracking outlaw, a cowboy that could talk his way into a fight and always had a plan despite how dangerous the circumstances or how big the odds against him. The Sundance Kid was a smooth and steady shot, a man that preferred to let his actions speak for him and never backed down from anyone for any reason. They remain perhaps the most popular gun slinging duo from the Wild West and one is rarely ever mentioned without the other.
[adinserter block=”2″]If this does not perfectly describe Dean Ambrose and Roman Reigns, then I don’t know what does. The former Shield bruisers have been linked from the moment they debuted with Seth Rollins on WWE programming and their fighting days are not over.
This has got to be one of the most entertaining teams we’ve seen in a very long time. What began as an obvious play to get Roman over with fans has morphed into something much more. Not since Team Hell No have two guys thrown themselves so completely into their gimmick and taken fans along for the ride at the same time.
The best part is the whole thing has just been so natural. Where Daniel Bryan and Kane had to convince the WWE faithful they were a good fit, Ambrose and Reigns just are, as it’s very apparent they have immense chemistry together.
Ambrose is like the loudmouth kid on the playground starting fights and Reigns is the strong silent type that backs him up every time. It’s been a fun ride and one that many fans do not want to see come to an end. But it will.
All the fun, all the laughs, will stop soon. The camaraderie between Roman and Dean will come to a screeching halt and when that happens, the best action duo since Sylvester Stallone and Jason Statham will be no more.
Everyone’s waiting for it. Everyone expects it. At this point, there’s likely no one on the planet that does not believe it’s happening and there’s even less that believe it’s not happening at SummerSlam. But why is that? Why does everyone think The Shield minus one is doomed to part ways on August 23?
The easy answer is the most obvious one; this can’t last. Any time two babyfaces in WWE get this comfortable, something comes along to screw it up. It’s the model Vince McMahon’s company has used for so many years now; it’s just become an accepted practice.
From The Rockers to Degeneration-X to The Shield itself, good guys eventually become bad guys. Professional jealousy and ambition go to the forefront as trust is betrayed, friendships are rejected and alliances are destroyed. It’s the shock value that gets us, it’s the moment no one expects yet cannot stop talking about long after it happens.
It’s the idea that good will only go so far, that eventually being truly successful means separating and going on your own. The temptation of the brass ring, of the bright lights, is too much for even the best to resist and before long; every positive is traded in for just the chance of hitting the big time.
[adinserter block=”1″]Of course in the case of Ambrose and Reigns, the why is of little concern, it’s the how. How long can Roman stand in the shadow of the more popular Dean before he decides enough is enough? How long can Dean play nursemaid to Roman, saving him every week and fighting his battles for him before he abandons him?
There is enough here to fuel not only the heel turn but the war that will follow. Pro wrestling is a collection of stories and when the players are on point, those stories can be not only compelling but wholly unforgettable as well. This could definitely turn into one of those stories.
The whole purpose of The Shield was to breed three future stars for the company, to build the main event scene past John Cena and help build new legends for WWE. Ambrose and Reigns are only doing what they’ve been built to do and when the betrayal comes, despite who it comes from, it will be important and it will be meaningful because they will make sure it is. They know when the time comes they have to deliver and do it like no one else can.
Butch and Sundance are nearing their final showdown but it’s not the end, it’s just the beginning.