The Prime Time Players & Why They Deserve the Spotlight
WWE needs to crank up the spotlight on the entire tag team division and The Prime Time Players in particular.
Titus O'Neil and Darren Young have their flaws, but they make one entertaining duo, one that could be a pillar of a strong tag division.
The Prime Time Players are not some thrown-together pair of previously established stars. They have grown together, a unit that deserves more TV time and more matches.
O'Neil and Young are cohesive, both in terms of their look and their ring work. Simply put, they fit together and elevate each other.
WWE's current tag champs, Team Hell No can bring it in the ring and make us laugh outside of it. The same is true for The Prime Time Players.
O'Neil and Young's ring acumen is not on Daniel Bryan and Kane's level, but they've put on compelling matches thus far.
The contrast of O'Neil's size and Young's agility helps add a pop to the battles.
For being 6'4'' 270 lbs, O'Neil is extremely nimble.
Watch him perform a leaping clothesline and notice how quick his feet are and how effortlessly he leaves them. Combine that with his ability to toss his opponents around and there's potential for him to be a dominating force in WWE.
Young is quick and exciting. The height he gets on a move like a flying shoulder block is impressive.
When seeing the two of them go up against Primo and Epico last year on Raw for example, their potential throbs on the screen.
Both teams are able to keep up a thrilling pace. The Prime Time Players also show off their cohesion in that match, saving each other's hide a few times.
Beyond their wrestling ability, O'Neil and Young bring a healthy supply of fun to the party.
They are constantly the highlight of WWE's backstage extras, including WWE Inbox.
O'Neil showed off his comedy skills when he did commentary on an episode of Raw in November of last year. While reviews were mixed about his work at the announce desk, it was interesting enough to get them noticed by Jim Ross.
Prime Time Players uniquely entertaining on commentary. It's good for their team like em or not. Made me chuckle. #WWE— Jim Ross (@JRsBBQ) November 20, 2012
Neither The Usos nor Primo and Epico can deliver the goods on the mic like O'Neil.
Those teams are solid performers for WWE to plug in. The Prime Time Players though, are a cut above them.
If it weren't for Team Rhodes Scholars, they'd be the top heel team in the company right now.
With three hours of Raw, with Main Event and SmackDown every week, WWE should have plenty of available time for two villainous tag teams, and for tag team wrestling in general.
It's an exciting brand of wrestling that shifts combinations of opponents mid-match, that builds on team chemistry and allows WWE to cram multiple performers in a single match.
WWE fans often bemoan the waning tag division. The Prime Time Players are proof that it's not a lack of talent that is to blame, but a lack of focus on that talent.
The Usos need someone to engage in a rivalry with.
Tensai and Clay need a team to push them to their limits. Fans need more wrestling-centered entertainment which tag teams and O'Neil and Young can provide.
As WWE moves down the road to WrestleMania and beyond, there should be an emphasis on utilizing the talents of The Prime Time Players.
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