The Rising Stars have finally made their debut on Monday Night Raw – and we already wish they hadn’t.
Minimally hyped by uninspiring vignettes of Puerto Rico and its tourism industry, The Rising Stars were anticipated for weeks. When their debut was announced for the May 16 edition of Raw, few were excited about their gimmick, and even fewer wanted to see the same wrestlers once more.
Still, suspending their disbelief and criticism, the WWE universe hoped that the wrestlers formerly known as Fernando and Diego of Los Matadores would be able to execute a gimmick that was once successful with Carlito Caribbean Cool.
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Except, the wrestlers had reverted back to the names of Primo and Epico, evoking memories of the same mediocre heel tag team from five years prior. It was hard to remember that these two were former Tag Team Champions, and once remembered, even harder to forget the uninspiring championship run, with losses to virtually every tag team on the roster.
On Monday, the crowd was dead silent for the debuting team, and the reaction should speak volumes for WWE creative. Yes, many teams gain their reactions and popularity, such as The New Day, but those teams were also talented. For Primo and Epico, they were severely outclassed by a tag team division that features The Vaudevillains and Enzo & Cass, along with the inevitable championship challenge from Karl Anderson and Luke Gallows.
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Primo and Epico are solid workers in the ring, but not excellent, their skills on the microphone are sub-par and their charisma is nonexistent, creating a wall between the team and the WWE universe.
No one cares about a tag team that will become jobbers within weeks, and pushing them to the top of the tag team division amidst the aforementioned tag teams, will only infuriate the crowd.
There is no path to stardom for The Shining Stars, and the gimmick needs to be killed just as quickly as it began. As for Primo and Epico, in a company in which top free agents are signed by the hour, their services are no longer needed.
WWE has evolved into the prime example of Darwin’s Law. In an environment where the strongest survive, there is no place for mediocrity – or, should we say, The Shining Stars.
Are The Shining Stars doomed for failure on the main roster? Have YOUR say on the new tag team in the comment section below!