Two weeks ago, ask this question, and the answer was glaringly obvious. As big as a giant. Or, two very large athletes. However, Mark Henry has suffered an injury during a house show over the Labor Day weekend, and now it appears that Henry and The Big Show are not in line for the next tag title shot. So, who goes next?
The two top teams right now, from a face perspective? The Usos and the Prime Time Players look to be the top faces now, though PTP really only recently has been getting the face reaction. From a perspective of how “over” teams are, or where they fall in the pecking order, you could have seen The Shield dropping to Henry and Show because those two are well-established veterans. I don’t get that same feeling for either the Usos or PTP, though putting either team over for the straps would obviously quickly elevate them. But…I do not see either team doing it. Not now, in any case. But, does the WWE have an option C?
Surely they do. Lets assume for a moment that they intend to push Los Matadores as faces. Primo and Epico, rebranding be damned, are established tag team wrestlers. They’ve been in WWE before, they’ve put on a number of really good matches. Knowing it is them behind the masks gives me hope that they could be getting positioned for a new and strong push to counter their not-so-memorable last few months in the fed as just..Primo and Epico. Could the WWE just have The Shield face them as a mystery opponent? And for their “debut” match, have them win the straps? While it wouldn’t be impossible to fathom, it would be a surprise. But, if WWE talent management is feeling really strongly about the repackaging of Primo and Epico, then why not? I mean, seriously, when was the last time a returning/debuting tag team got vignette treatment? Maybe I am forgetting something, but the only vignettes of note in recent memory involved singles wrestlers (I am not including the Wyatts here, because thus far, that’s still all focused on Bray the singles wrestler).
Word is that Los Matadores are going to be debuting soon. How soon? Why not at Night of Champions? Well, the only reason I see would be the lack of buildup around a known opponent. For this reason, I could see WWE inserting one of the here-and-now teams and booking them for a Shield victory on the PPV. But, on the RAW following, have Rollins and Reigns cut a promo that there’s not a team out there worthy of a match-at which point, debut Los Matadores and have some fun with the match. The downside here is, with The Shield getting sucked up into the Corporate angle, they haven’t done much talking of late. So I don’t know if them cutting a promo fits into the agenda. But, on one hand, with Corporately aligned wrestlers holding almost all of the gold (one wonders if HHH going at Heyman is a way for them to write Heyman off TV and have Axel come under Corporate influence), the angle is overshadowing the US and tag titles.
I think the time is right for a title change. I honestly think that the Usos are more over than the PTP, but I think it’s close-though the PTP looked pretty solid on this week’s RAW. Los Matadores in their current incarnation are somewhat an unknown-not in what they can do in the ring, but rather how the fans will respond to them. Which of these three teams can take the belts off of The Shield? Or will another team be destined to take the tag team titles? It will be very interesting to watch the next few weeks and months unfold, relative to the tag team division.