The Prime Time Players
|The Prime Time Players|
|Name(s)||The Prime Time Players
Titus O'Neil and Darren Young
|Heights||O'Neil: 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Young: 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
|509 lb (231 kg)|
|A. W. (agent)|
|Debut||February 1, 2012|
The Prime Time Players are a professional wrestling tag team, consisting of Titus O'Neil and Darren Young, who wrestle in WWE. The duo, who initially opposed each other in several matches, managed to become the number one contenders for the WWE Tag Team Championship. As the team name suggests, their gimmick portrays them as young, brash, and cocky, dubbing themselves as "The Real Deal" and "Mr. No Days Off", respectively. Former WWE wrestler Shad Gaspard has accused the team of basing their gimmick off his former team Cryme Tyme, albeit without the "gangster style" and bling-bling fashion.
World Wrestling Entertainment / WWE 
NXT Redemption (2011–2012) 
Initially, O'Neil (who was then a face) and Young were rivals on WWE NXT during its fifth season, named NXT Redemption. Early on, O'Neil was paired with then-friend Percy Watson against Young and his NXT pro, Chavo Guerrero. The feud was put on hold when Guerrero was released and Young was suspended. On the November 16, 2011 episode of NXT, O'Neil was assaulted by a returning Young. Young was then able to get the better of O'Neil twice in tag team matches. The conclusion to O'Neil's feud with Young came when O'Neil defeated Young in a no disqualification match on the January 18 episode of NXT. O'Neil then turned heel after the match, verbally ripping on the audience, his former pro Hornswoggle, and NXT itself.
O'Neil urged Watson to also turn his back on the fans on the January 25, 2012 episode of NXT Redemption. When Watson refused, O'Neil shoved him and a match between the two was booked, leading to O'Neil defeating Watson. O'Neil continued to attack Watson after the match, leading to Alex Riley saving Watson. O'Neil then formed an alliance with former enemy Young, and the duo teamed up to defeat Watson and Riley on the February 1 and February 29 episodes of NXT Redemption. O'Neil also faced and defeated Riley on the February 22 episode.  On the March 7 episode, Watson received his rematch against O'Neil and defeated O'Neil. O'Neil and Young then moved on to feud with The Usos.
WWE Tag Team Championship pursuits (2012–present) 
On the April 18 episode of NXT Redemption, it was announced that O'Neil and Young had been moved to the main roster. The team made their debut for the brand on the April 20 episode of SmackDown with a victory over The Usos. They started on a winning streak defeating the likes Ezekiel Jackson and Yoshi Tatsu and Santino Marella and Zack Ryder. However, on the May 18 edition of SmackDown, their winning streak ended when they were defeated by the WWE Tag Team Champions Kofi Kingston and R-Truth. On the June 1 edition of SmackDown, O'Neil and Young named themselves the Prime Time Players. At No Way Out, they won a Fatal-4-Way tag team match to become the number one contenders for the WWE Tag Team Championship following assistance from A. W. who had turned on his clients, Primo and Epico in favor of the Prime Time Players, prompting a feud between the two tag teams. On the July 16 episode of Raw, the Prime Time Players unsuccessfully challenged Kofi Kingston and R-Truth for the WWE Tag Team Championship.
O'Neil and Young bounced back with two singles victories over Kingston and R-Truth. On the August 10 episode of SmackDown, they defeated Primo and Epico in a number one contenders match via disqualification when A. W. provoked Kofi and R-Truth (who were doing guest commentary) into interfering in the match. That same day, A. W. was released from his contract. On the August 13 edition of Raw, it was announced that the Prime Time Players would receive their championship match at SummerSlam. That same night, after R-Truth defeated Heath Slater, O'Neil and Young ambushed R-Truth and left him laying in the ring (Kingston was away on an international tour). At SummerSlam, O'Neil & Young were defeated by Kingston and R-Truth. On the September 7 edition of SmackDown, O'Neil and Young defeated Primo and Epico and The Usos in a triple threat tag match to once again become the number one contenders to the WWE Tag Team Championship, but, on the following week of Raw, they were defeated by Daniel Bryan and Kane, who became the new number one contenders.
They were then taken out by Kane and Bryan on September 21 edition of Smackdown along with the Usos, International Airstrike (Tyson Kidd & Justin Gabriel), and Primo and Epico. On the 24 September episode of Raw, the Prime Time Players defeated the team of Zack Ryder and Santino Marella. At the Survivor Series pay-per-view, the Prime Time Players took part in a losing effort in a 10 man elimination tag team match. On the February 25th 2013 edition of RAW, they would lose to Team Hell No in which Kane has one hand tied behind his back and Daniel Bryan would be blindfolded, but they would defeat Team Hell No (with Kane blindfolded and Bryan having one hand tied behind his back) four days later on Smackdown, earning contention for the WWE Tag Team Championship.
In wrestling 
- Double-team finishing moves
- Double-team signature moves
- Entrance themes
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- Titus O'Neil
- Darren Young