I think that if the Shield keep getting pushed the way they are the future is very bright for them, of course this year is critical. I suppose that we'll know in a year. Barrett is a good shout, I've always liked his work he just needs a solid push or a single memorable storyline. I think that is the root of the problem just a lack of good midcard booking. Everyone in the midcard beats everyone else and they always get beat by main eventers. I mean when was the last time there was a good upset win in the WWE?
As far as the future of the business goes I think the indepents will keep going, even if the WWE falls. I'm pretty certain there will be wrestling of some sort going into the future.