Primo & Epico

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Los Matadores

Statistics
Members Diego (formerly Primo)
Fernando (formerly Epico)
El Torito (mascot)
Name(s) Los Matadores
Primo & Epico
Heights Diego:
5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)[1]
Fernando:
6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)[2]
Combined
weight
432 lb (196 kg)[1][2]
Billed from San Juan, Puerto Rico
Plaza de Toros
Former
member(s)
Rosa Mendes
A.W.
Debut November 11, 2011[3]
Promotions WWE[3]

Los Matadores (formerly Primo & Epico) are a professional wrestling tag team consisting of Diego and Fernando who are real-life cousins performing in WWE. As Primo & Epico they are former WWE Tag Team Champions.

History[edit]

Primo & Epico[edit]

On the November 4, 2011 SmackDown, Epico debuted on the main roster as a heel and realigned with Hunico, his former partner from when both were masked in FCW.[4] On the November 11 Smackdown, Primo, Epico's real-life cousin,[5] was in the corner of Epico when he teamed with Hunico in a winning effort against the Usos.[3] On the November 17 Superstars, Primo & Epico beat the Usos.[6] On the December 1 Superstars, Rosa Mendes aligned herself with the group as their valet, as they were quietly disassociated from Hunico.[7]

Primo & Epico then began a feud with WWE Tag Team Champions Air Boom, beating both Evan Bourne and Kofi Kingston in singles matches,[8] followed by two victories for Primo & Epico against Air Boom during non-title tag team matches on December 13 at WWE Tribute to the Troops[9] and the December 15 Superstars.[10] This earned Primo & Epico a shot at the titles at TLC: Tables, Ladders & Chairs pay-per-view, but were unsuccessful.[11] Primo & Epico's feud with Air Boom continued with Air Boom triumphant in singles matches,[12][13] while Primo & Epico obtained yet another victory in an non-title tag match.[14]

Primo & Epico with their valet, Rosa Mendes at WrestleMania XXVIII, where they retained the WWE Tag Team Championship on the pre-show.

At a Raw live event on January 15, 2012, Primo & Epico defeated Air Boom to win the WWE Tag Team Championship.[15] The following night on Raw, Primo & Epico successfully defended their titles in a rematch.[16] Primo & Epico would go on earn victories in non-title matches, defeating various teams such as Jim Duggan & Santino Marella, Mason Ryan & Alex Riley and The Usos; however, Primo & Epico would suffer non-title losses against the team of Kofi Kingston & R-Truth.[17] On the February 27 edition of Raw, Primo & Epico successfully defended their titles in a Triple Threat tag team match against the teams of Kingston & R-Truth and Dolph Ziggler & Jack Swagger.[18] In the pre-show of WrestleMania XXVIII, Primo & Epico successfully defended their titles in a triple threat tag team match against the Usos and Justin Gabriel & Tyson Kidd.[19] After WrestleMania, Primo & Epico suffered non-title losses to the teams of Big Show & The Great Khali and Santino Marella & Zack Ryder. Also, A.W. began offering his managerial services to the team, pointing out that the tag champions had been treated like jokes, being left off WrestleMania and Extreme Rules.[20] At the April 30 Raw, Primo & Epico lost the tag titles to Kingston & Truth.[21]

After losing the titles, Primo, Epico and Mendes joined A.W.'s talent agency in May.[22] However, after joining "All World Promotions", Primo & Epico would not wrestle on television until the No Way Out pay-per-view on 17 June. At No Way Out, it was revealed that Primo & Epico's 30-day rematch clause for the tag titles had expired, and that the duo had to compete in a four-way match against the teams of Justin Gabriel & Tyson Kidd, the Usos and the Prime Time Players (Titus O'Neil & Darren Young) to earn another title shot. During the match, A. W. betrayed Primo & Epico, directly costing them the match and aligning with the match winners, the Prime Time Players.[23] At the following Raw, Primo & Epico defeated the Players by count-out after O'Neil and Young walked out of the match.[24] Primo & Epico would wrestle as babyfaces for their feud against the Prime Time Players.[25] The tag teams would continue their feud on Superstars with Epico losing to Young and Primo beating both O'Neil and Young in singles matches.[26][27] At Money in the Bank, Primo & Epico defeated the Prime Time Players.[28] On the August 10 SmackDown, Primo & Epico faced the Players in a #1 contender match and were disqualified when champions Kingston & Truth attacked the Players; A.W. was released from WWE between that episode's taping and airing.[29]

After Primo & Epico ended their feud with the Prime Time Players in August, they reverted to being heels during a victory over the Usos.[30] Primo & Epico then went on to lose every televised match for the rest of 2012, with losses to Kingston & Truth, the Players, Rey Mysterio & Sin Cara, Team Co-Bro (Santino Marella & Zack Ryder), Team Rhodes Scholars, The Usos and to both Ryback and The Great Khali in handicap matches.[31] At the Survivor Series pay-per-view, Primo & Epico took part in a 10 man elimination tag team match, but were eliminated by Tyson Kidd and Rey Mysterio.[32] By the first SmackDown of 2013, Primo was on a 20 match losing streak, and Epico was at 17.[33] On the January 9 NXT, Primo & Epico broke their losing streaks with a win over Bo Dallas & Michael McGillicutty, their first win in months.[34] However, Dallas & McGillicutty gained revenge by defeating Primo & Epico in the first round of the NXT Tag Team Championship tournament to crown the inaugural champions.[35]

Los Matadores[edit]

In August 2013, WWE hyped the debut of Los Matadores,[36] and on the September 30 Raw, Primo and Epico debuted new characters, as Diego and Fernando of Los Matadores, a face team of two masked Spanish bullfighters with El Torito as mascot as they defeated 3MB.[37][38] It was the start of a winning streak that featured nine wins over 3MB (with El Torito wrestling in some matches), and also over the Real Americans (Antonio Cesaro and Jack Swagger) at Hell in a Cell.[39] Also, El Torito was able to interfere in matches without incurring a disqualification for Los Matadores.[40][41] Los Matadores' winning streak was finally snapped on the January 24 SmackDown in 2014, courtesy of Curtis Axel and Ryback.[39] On the March 5th edition of WWE Main Event, Los Matadores received a tag team championship match against The Usos in which they were defeated. They also made an appearance as Primo and Epico alongside Carlito to induct Carlos Colon into the WWE hall of fame class of 2014. At the WrestleMania XXX Pre-Show they received a WWE Tag Team Championship shot against The Usos, RybAxel, and The Real Americans, in a Fatal 4-Way Elimination Tag Team match, but lost after being the first team eliminated when Fernando submitted to Jack Swagger's Patriot Lock

In wrestling[edit]

Primo & Epico as tag champions.
  • Entrance themes
    • "Barcode" by Jack Elliot feat. Lewis "The Gold Standard" Hotchin (November 17, 2011 – November 2, 2012)
    • "Enchanted Isle" by Jim Johnston (November 2, 2012 – June 14, 2013)
    • "Olé Olé" by Jim Johnston (September 30, 2013 - present)

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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