Wes Brisco claims that WWE got the idea to create The Shield from the TNA faction that he used to be a part of, Aces and Eights.
It's difficult to claim that anything is an original idea nowadays. Most songs include samples from tracks that were written years ago and the majority of blockbusters in the cinema are either sequels or remakes of movies from days gone by. There have been three different versions of Spiderman alone since the turn of the century.
The wrestling business is no different when it comes to the struggle to put out original content. Most Superstars in the present day are made up of a mish-mash of various wrestlers that inspired them from the past. They'll admit that too, it's nothing to be ashamed of. As long as you make it your own or treat it as an homage then most don't have a problem with it.
There is the slight issue of certain wrestlers believing that their ideas were down right copied by somebody else. For the most part it's performers outside of WWE claiming that the industry's juggernaut stole their idea. That's where Wes Brisco comes in. Wes is of the belief that a faction he was a part of and helped create, Aces and Eights, in TNA inspired WWE to create and assemble The Shield.
Brisco recently appeared on the Pancakes and Powerslams Show claiming that WWE got The Shield gimmick directly from what they were doing with Aces and Eights in TNA. "If you look at it, that’s what started The Shield because of us," Brisco claimed, "we started before The Shield even came through the crowd, we had the mask on. Basically they did the exact same thing." When you look at the timing of it all it's hard to argue. Aces and Eights began their run in June of 2012 with The Shield forming just five months later.
There are some remarkable similarities between Aces and Eights and The Shield and Wes likely isn't the only wrestler who believes that WWE drew some inspiration from the faction that he was a part of. Truth be told if that is the case you can rest assured Vince McMahon wasn't the man behind it. The likelihood is that certain other members from WWE creative saw what was going on in TNA, pitched the idea to Vince, and The Shield was born.