New Day vs. Prime Time Players: Winner, Reaction from 2015 WWE Money in the Bank

Mike Chiari@mikechiariFeatured ColumnistJune 15, 2015

Kofi Kingston attends the Superstars For Sandy Relief Event, on thursday, April 4, 2013 in New York, NY. (Photo by Dario Cantatore/Invision/AP)
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New Day finally met their match Sunday night at Money in the Bank when they fell to the Prime Time Players in a match with the WWE Tag Team Championships on the line.

WWE snapped a picture of the champs: 

WrestlingNewsSource.com approved:

Xavier Woods was not pleased with how the match went after the PPV: 

The triumvirate of Big E, Woods and Kofi Kingston won the straps from Cesaro and Tyson Kidd at Extreme Rules, and although they have used the numbers game to their advantage on many occasions, they continually found ways to extend their reign.

Many were surprised to see New Day ascend to the top of the tag team division due to how poorly received their gimmick was initially. Rather than clapping along and embracing the trio's positive outlook, the WWE Universe largely rejected them.

That led to a somewhat unexpected heel turn, which immediately revitalized the talented stable. While New Day has continued to preach positivity, their actions have contradicted that, and that has allowed them to become extremely effective villains.

The Prime Time Players used to be among the top tag teams in WWE, but they were inexplicably broken up in early 2014. Neither Titus O'Neil nor Darren Young were utilized well as singles Superstars, which led to their reunion earlier this year.

They made sporadic appearances on WWE programming, but they were finally given the opportunity to have a breakthrough performance at Elimination Chamber as the last team remaining before getting eliminated by New Day, who had a three-on-two advantage.

Despite the loss, Aaron Oster of the Baltimore Sun believed the Prime Time Players re-established themselves as potential contenders by measuring up so well to New Day:

While WWE's tag team division has had its ups and downs in recent years, it seems to be on the ascent once again because there is suddenly some depth and development present.

There is still plenty of work to be done in that regard, but the Prime Time Players look like legitimate threats for the first time in a couple of years, and they meshed well with New Day at Money in the Bank.

With O'Neil and Young coming out on top, it stands to reason that this is only the beginning of their feud with Big E, Woods and Kofi. That means these two teams could dominate the title scene for the foreseeable future.

If the Prime Time Players are able to win the feud and emerge as Tag Team champions, then the door will be open for rivalries with teams such as Luke Harper and Erick Rowan or The Ascension, while New Day could possibly move on to a program with the exciting Lucha Dragons.

Whatever the case, WWE's tag division is seemingly on the upswing, and that is a great thing for fans who enjoy an alternative to singles wrestling. 

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