WWE: The Prime Time Players Should Turn Face to Feud with the Shield

Graham GSM MatthewsFeatured ColumnistJuly 23, 2013

Are The Prime Time Players due for a face turn? (Courtesy of WWE.com)
Are The Prime Time Players due for a face turn? (Courtesy of WWE.com)

At this past May's Extreme Rules pay-per-view, Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns defeated Team Hell No to capture their first WWE Tag Team Championships. Since then, they have reigned supreme over the tag team division with successful title defenses against tandems such as Team Hell No, Daniel Bryan and Randy Orton and The Usos.

Aside from The Usos, there are no face pairings remaining to challenge for the tag team titles. WWE could always throw two singles wrestlers together, but that would feel forced and would take away from the division.

Of all the current tag teams in WWE, no tandem is more deserving of a run with the WWE Tag Team Championships than The Prime Time Players.

In 2011, Darren Young and Titus O'Neil were involved in NXT: Redemption and engaged in a raving rivalry with each other. However, they later put their differences aside and formed a partnership, dubbing themselves The Prime Time Players.

Once they were signed to SmackDown in April 2012, Young and O'Neil immediately made an impact upon their arrival on the blue brand by stacking up various victories over established tag teams. At June's No Way Out pay-per-view, the dynamic duo became the No. 1 contenders to the tag titles and joined forces with A.W.

Unfortunately, they failed to defeat Kofi Kingston and R-Truth for the straps in subsequent months. A.W.'s ultimate release from the company that August didn't help matters, and The Prime Time Players were back to where they started.

Over the last year, Young and O'Neil have been used as enhancement talent to other tandems such as Team Hell No and Tons of Funk. With heel teams such as The Wyatt Family, The Shield, Primo and Epico, and Jack Swagger and Antonio Cesaro dominating the division, it's only a matter of time before The Prime Time Players turn face.

Although they aren't given much television time these days, Young and O'Neil show a great deal of personality and charisma on WWE's official YouTube channel and in exclusive interviews on WWE.com. If they were able to showcase that same charisma on WWE programming, they would be over as fan favorites in no time.

Young and O'Neil worked singles matches against Dolph Ziggler and Christian, respectively, this past week on Raw. While I strongly believe both competitors have bright futures in singles competition, now is not the time to be splitting them up.

I'm not at all suggesting that they should be the ones to take the titles off The Shield, but it is a possibility. The Prime Time Players may not mean much at the moment, but turning them face and giving them a few victories here and there could give them the momentum they need to go up against The Shield.

The Prime Time Players are not only solid in the ring, but equally entertaining on the mic as well. They are very deserving of a run with the WWE Tag Team titles, so turning them face to feud with The Shield is what I think they need in order to take the next step in becoming champions in WWE.

After being underutilized by management for over a year and a half, I hope to see The Prime Time Players reach their full potential sooner rather than later. It appears their days as a tag team are numbered, so it would be smart for WWE to transition them into a babyface role at some point in the foreseeable future.

Thanks for reading, and be sure to drop a comment below with your thoughts on The Prime Time Players and what you think the future holds for them. As always, your criticism and feedback on my latest piece is welcomed and greatly appreciated.

GSM out.


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