We now have the eight teams announced for the tournament at SHINE 17 on February 28 to crown the first SHINE Tag Team Champions. They are Made In Sin (Allysin Kay & Taylor Made), the SNS Express (Sassy Stephie & Jessie Belle Smothers), the West Coast Connection (Su Yung & Tracy Taylor), Leva Bates & Mia Yim, Brandi Wine & Malia Hosaka, The Buddy System (Solo Darling & Heidi Lovelace), the Kimber Bombs (Kimber Lee & Cherry Bomb) and MsEerie (Christina Von Eerie & MsChif). Most of the tandems certainly have viable chances of winning, but I reckon that there are five that have a greater chance of prevailing…
Made In Sin
Formed on the first show and victorious against the West Coast Connection, Allysin and Taylor may not have been involved in a 2-on-2 match since SHINE 6 more than a year ago, but they are a real fixture in the promotion, and have been involved in trios matches in that time. Considering their leader Rain lost the SHINE Title last month to Ivelisse Velez, Valkyrie‘s trophy cabinet is a little empty. Three victories on February 28 could change that, though they may need to get back into that groove – and quickly. Plus, don’t forget April Hunter at ringside…
Leva Bates & Mia Yim
An outside bet, this. True, Bates and Yim have not teamed up in SHINE before, but both have recently impressed in singles matches – Leva’s contest against Nevaeh at SHINE 16 was great, and Mia had a cracking encounter with Ivelisse the previous month. So individually, they have form and Yim got to the finals of the singles tourney last year – though there is still a question mark as to how they work as a team. Having said all that, victory here will be a great way to improve their profiles and help to push them while others receive shots at Velez’s championship.
The Kimber Bombs
Yes, it’s their first time teaming up in the promotion. Yes, it is Cherry Bomb’s first appearance in the promotion since the first show back in July 2012. Yes, Kimber Lee has only made two appearances, and between the two of them they don’t hold a victory in SHINE. but these two have had a buzz about them since they wrestled at SHIMMER last October. Like Bates and Yim, they may be considered long shots, but if SHINE is serious about a tag team championship division, establishing a new team with three victories in one night is a good way of going about it.
The SNS Express
No arguments about it – Stephie and Jessie Belle are on a roll in SHINE, despite the loss last month to Lovelace and Darling marking their first defeat in the promotion. The pair have been pushed hard since forming at SHINE 12 last August and are now in a position where they must be considered one of the favourites. Like with Made In Sin, the Express also have someone watching their back – on this occasion, Nevaeh. As a trio, they may be the biggest threat in the tournament, and don’t be surprised to see them leave as Tag Team Champions.
The Buddy System
The new team in town, but could certainly be worth a punt. Like with Yim and Bates, Heidi and Solo have impressed in singles action and have a 100% success record in SHINE, even if it is just a solitary victory. As part of Daffney‘s All Star Squad, they are part of the campaign to rid the promotion of tyranny and winning the Tag Team Championship could be a way to show that they mean business against the likes of Valkyrie. We’ve had our eye on Lovelace for a while and she has had some great showings – her career peak could come on February 28 alongside Darling.
So we have ruled out the West Coast Connection, MsEerie and Hosaka and Wine as potential winners – is it wise to do so? We’ve listed the five biggest prospects, but haven’t picked a team to walk away with the titles. Who do you think it will be? Let us know in the comments section below, and order the event from WWN Live when it becomes available to see it all go down.
– Lee Burton