The odds were stacked against the Prime Time Players Sunday night as they put the WWE Tag Team Championships on the line in a Fatal 4-Way match, and it ultimately cost them as they dropped the titles to the New Day at SummerSlam.
WWE captured Kofi Kingston's pin of the Los Matadores and the winning team's celebration:
WrestlingNewsSource.com echoed a sentiment many WWE fans had of the match:
WWE author Kevin Sullivan relayed how impressed he has been with the emergence of New Day:
The New Day outlasted the Prime Time Players, The Lucha Dragons and Los Matadores to force the title change and end the reign of Titus O'Neil and Darren Young after just two months.
The Prime Time Players won the tag straps for the first time as a unit back at Money in the Bank by defeating Big E and Xavier Woods of the New Day. They had been a dominant force in the ring ever since, but it also put a target on their backs.
The New Day led the way in that respect as it scored several big wins leading up to SummerSlam and wasn't exactly humble about it, as seen in this video courtesy of WWE Universe on Twitter:
While Big E, Woods and Kingston like to preach the power of positivity to WWE's fans, it can be argued that O'Neil and Young have been more representative of that message as WWE has utilized them often in endeavors outside the ring.
There is no question that WWE's higher-ups have embraced the Prime Time Players and everything they bring to the table, but taking the Tag Team Championships off their waists suggests they wanted a change of pace within the tag division.
Now that the PTP have dropped the straps, the focus shifts toward what comes next for WWE tag team wrestling. The options are admittedly limited, so there is only so much the creative team can do with the tag titles at this point.
Aside from the Prime Time Players, the New Day, Los Matadores and The Lucha Dragons, the only other full-time tag team that's healthy and on the main roster is The Ascension.
The tag division will be beefed up to some degree when Jey Uso returns from injury to reunite with his brother, Jimmy, but there is still a definite lack of depth and top-level talent in the tag ranks.
That could be addressed by dipping into NXT, although that brand's tag division isn't great either. The team of Colin Cassady and Enzo Amore stands out among the rest, so perhaps they will provide a boost in the near future.
Tag team wrestling has been put on the WWE back burner recently, but on the heels of an exciting title change, it has a chance to get better provided a bit more emphasis is placed on it moving forward.
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