CM Punk had a lot of ideas when he was with WWE, but most of them were never used. The Shield was famously his idea. However, WWE did not follow his suggestions regarding who should be the members and how they would be used.
Seth Rollins spoke about Punk’s plan for The Shield on E&C’s Pod Of Awesomeness. Punk initially wanted Kassius Ohno in Roman Reigns’ role. Of course, that did not happen. CM Punk had a lot of plans for the stable, which Rollins was not aware of. Here is what he said:
“What I think happened, it’s a little fuzzy to me because it was behind the scenes, weird stuff going on, Punk was looking to help turn the roster around.”
“He saw the main roster, he saw that there were some hungry guys in NXT that, sort of, came up the same way he did, and he also saw that there was a lot of complacency on the main roster at the time with a lot of the guys. Especially some of the younger guys were just there, just happy to be there. Not trying to get better every week, and not trying to dish storylines, not pushing the envelope for themselves and for the company, and it was starting to hurt the product overall.”
“So he wanted to get us in there, us being myself, and Ambrose, and I think, maybe, Kassius Ohno/Chris Hero, but I’m not sure. But the company loved Roman from the get-go, and for all the right reasons.”
Rollins will be the only active member of The Shield once Dean Ambrose makes his WWE exit after April. Roman Reigns is still recovering from leukemia. However, it is an open question just how different things would have been had WWE followed CM Punk’s suggestion for The Shield.