My answer? Or, at least my opinion? It does not look good.
And, let me count the reasons why…
For starters? The tag team scene is thankfully much better off now than even a few months ago, when these two were still trotting around a midget in a bull costume. And, when they had that midget in a bull costume, they were actually getting over a fair bit…and went nowhere. Now, instead of being Los Matadores, or going back to just Primo and Epico, they’ve been dubbed The Shining Stars, but they are still Primo and Epico, and in their time away, I don’t see much improvement. That’s not to say they aren’t solid in the ring, but there’s not much that makes me go “oh wow, Primo and Epico, this is must-see!”. If I want a smaller, quicker team, one that is entertaining and charismatic? I have the Lucha Dragons. If I am looking at teams to be champion? New Day. The Vaudevillains. Enzo and Cass. The Dudleys. The Usos. Anderson and Gallows. The Wyatt Family, whenever they return.
Which of those teams would you say Primo and Epico are better than?
And, honestly, what bugged me about their latest re-debut? The vignettes weren’t bad, but walking to the ring, the talking? It did nothing. I think they might have been going for heel heat, but I didn’t sense they got much of that. They talked, but it just didn’t mean much. And in ring? They were fed two jobbers, so perhaps they didn’t get to shine as much…but that’s the point of working with jobbers, right? To look really strong against inferior talent. They didn’t look horrible, but I see them trending more like The Ascension than a threat to claim tag team gold. And speaking of The Ascension, Primo and Epico do have something in common with the failed NXT call-ups: both teams use a finishing maneuver that is nearly the same, and also a rip-off of Total Elimination, if not other moves. As a fan of The Eliminators, it bothers me somewhat, but as a follower of WWE it irks me even more that you’d have two teams, in a year, using the same finisher.
And before anyone gets on my case, yes I do realize they held the tag team championships before. But two big things are much different now. At the moment, they lack the hot manager. And, back when they held those titles? The division was in much worse shape. While being champion is an accomplishment, when you don’t have to fend off legendary teams on a daily basis, I take points off.
So, WNZ readers…do you have high hopes for The Shining Stars? Or do you expect their latest repackaging to fizzle?