WWE News: Why Primo and Epico Are the Next Great Tag Team

Matthew HemphillCorrespondent IIJanuary 27, 2012

picture courtesy of wwe.com
picture courtesy of wwe.com

When WWE broke the news that Epico and Primo had won the tag team titles at a house show, it was a bit of a shock (via WWE.com).

Usually title changes occurred on TV or took place on a pay-per-view. Having it happen off camera would mean that casual wrestling fans would be left in the dark about the new champions and some of its impact would be lost.

The change probably came from Evan Borne's recent problems with the company. Borne was suspended several times for violations of the wellness policy, as mentioned by the PWTorch.

Air Boom was gaining momentum and it seemed like removing the titles from them was meant to be a reaction to Borne's suspension and nothing else.

But taking a look at it a second time, it might be a great thing for the tag team division.

Evan Borne and Kofi Kingston were both babyfaces and won over the crowd. People loved their high-flying style and jovial demeanor. The only problem was that they didn't really have any competition that could give them a credible challenge.

The Usos had been buried for so long that it wouldn't be possible to get the crowd to view them as a viable threat. Primo and Epico were being built up to bet that team, but it was going to take a while.

Letting a heel team like Primo and Epico win the belts is the best thing for the division. All the WWE needs to do is let both of them insult the crowd and get some heat and the audience and they will be able to do something the company has not.

They will be able to build up the division and do it quickly.

If they can succeed in having the audience hate them, it won't matter if the opponents are credible or not. Fans will want to see the champions beaten so badly that they will get behind any team that opposes them.

Teams like Curt Hawkins and Tyler Reks, Trent Baretta and Yoshi Tatsu and the Usos could gain some steam from facing off against the champions just by virtue of being someone else.

It could work, and it is easier for fans to hate someone than to love them. Sooner or later another team could face them and get over like Air Boom did with the crowd.

It might not make them the greatest tag team ever, but it could help to usher in a new period for the division.

And if they do that, then they could be considered great.


Matthew Hemphill writes for the MMA and professional wrestling portion of Bleacher Report.  He also hosts a blog elbaexiled.blogspot.com which focuses on books, music, comic books, video games, film, and generally anything that could be related to the realms of nerdom.