In a recent interview with Inside The Ropes, independent wrestler Chris Hero discussed long-standing reports regarding the original concept for The Shield faction on WWE television.

“Okay, so the thing that, a little thing that annoys me about this is people heard the podcast with CM Punk and then, they put that information out there and it just took a life of its own. When Punk pitched the trio of myself, Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins, there was no Shield concept, it was just hey, let’s pair these three guys with me, so technically, I was never supposed to be a member of The Shield, because The Shield didn’t exist when this was pitched, so that’s a thing that I see on Twitter pretty uch every other day, it gets a little annoying, because it’s deviated so far from the original source of it.

I found out just when everybody else found out, by listening to CM Punk on the Art of Wrestling podcast, I never had a conversation with him about this and there are, these things happen all the time where you pitch ideas, or you talk about things, but the last thing you want to do is get someone’s hopes up by saying, hey man I pitched this or whatever, I’m going to do my best to get this to work and then, if it doesn’t work, it’s just unncessary bad feelings, not bad, bad feelings, but you understand my point, so listening to that podcast was the first time I had heard that, I never had a conversation with Punk about this, still to this day I have not, because I don’t really know what the point of the conversation would be.

People ask me if I think I could have been successful in The Shield and of course, my answer is yes, of course I think I can take anything that’s given to me and make the most out of it. Unfortunately, people like to pit this as a me versus Roman Reigns thing, which is very silly, because he’s an incredible performer, he’s one of a kind, he’s got his own thing figured out and there’s really no reason to compare the two of us, especially when I wasn’t pitched for The Shield, because The Shield didn’t exist yet.”

The interview is available in full at this link.