The Shining Stars (wrestling)
|The Shining Stars|
Primo & Epico
The Shining Stars
5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
|432 lb (196 kg)|
|Billed from||Plaza de Toros
San Juan, Puerto Rico
El Torito (mascot)
La Vaquita (mascot)
Rosa Mendes (valet)
|Debut||November 11, 2011|
The Shining Stars are a professional wrestling tag team performing in WWE on the Raw brand. The team is composed of real-life cousins Primo and Epico. The cousins are former and one-time WWE Tag Team Champions, with the title won during their first run as Primo & Epico, from 2011 to 2013. They also formerly performed as Diego and Fernando of Los Matadores, from 2013 to 2015 in WWE.
Primo & Epico (2011–2013)
On the November 4, 2011, episode of SmackDown, Epico debuted on the main roster as a heel and realigned with Hunico, his former partner from when both were masked in FCW. On the November 11 episode of Smackdown, Primo, Epico's real-life cousin, was in the corner of Epico when he teamed with Hunico in a winning effort against The Usos. On the November 17 episode of Superstars, Primo & Epico beat the Usos. On the December 1 episode of Superstars, Rosa Mendes aligned herself with the group as their valet, as they were quietly disassociated from Hunico.
Primo & Epico then began a feud with WWE Tag Team Champions Air Boom, beating both Evan Bourne and Kofi Kingston in singles matches, 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 and the December 15 Superstars. This earned Primo & Epico a shot at the titles at TLC: Tables, Ladders & Chairs pay-per-view, but were unsuccessful. Primo & Epico's feud with Air Boom continued with Air Boom triumphant in singles matches, while Primo & Epico obtained yet another victory in a non-title tag match.
At a Raw live event on January 15, 2012, Primo & Epico defeated Air Boom to win the WWE Tag Team Championship. The following night on Raw, Primo & Epico successfully defended their titles in a rematch. Primo & Epico would go on to earn victories in non-title matches, defeating various teams such as Jim Duggan and Santino Marella, Mason Ryan and Alex Riley and The Usos; however, Primo & Epico would suffer non-title losses against the team of Kofi Kingston and R-Truth. 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 and R-Truth & Dolph Ziggler and Jack Swagger. 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. 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. At the April 30 Raw, Primo & Epico lost the tag titles to Kingston & R-Truth.
After losing the titles, Primo, Epico and Mendes joined A.W.'s talent agency in May. 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 (Darren Young and Titus O'Neil) 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. At the following Raw, Primo & Epico defeated the Players by count-out after O'Neil and Young walked out of the match. Primo & Epico would wrestle as babyfaces for their feud against the Prime Time Players. 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. At Money in the Bank, Primo & Epico defeated the Prime Time Players. 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.
After Primo & Epico ended their feud with the Prime Time Players in August, they reverted to being heels during a victory over the Usos. 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. At the Survivor Series pay-per-view, Primo & Epico took part in a 10 man elimination tag team match, but were eliminated by Rey Mysterio and Tyson Kidd. By the first SmackDown of 2013, Primo was on a 20 match losing streak, and Epico was at 17. On the January 9 NXT episode, Primo & Epico broke their losing streaks with a win over Bo Dallas and Michael McGillicutty, their first win in months. However, Dallas and McGillicutty gained revenge by defeating Primo & Epico in the first round of the NXT Tag Team Championship tournament to crown the inaugural champions.
Los Matadores (2013–2015)
In August 2013, WWE hyped the debut of "Los Matadores", and on the September 30 episode of Raw, Primo & 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. Primo and Epico were named after the real life sons of Christopher Columbus (In Spanish, Cristobal Colón, Los Matadores' real last name). It was the start of a winning streak that featured nine wins over 3MB (Heath Slater, Drew McIntyre and Jinder Mahal, with El Torito wrestling in some matches), and also over the The Real Americans (Antonio Cesaro and Jack Swagger) at Hell in a Cell. Also, El Torito was able to interfere in matches without incurring a disqualification for Los Matadores. Los Matadores' winning streak was finally snapped on the January 24 episode of SmackDown in 2014, courtesy of The RybAxel (Ryback and Curtis Axel).
On the March 5 episode of 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 Colón Sr. 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 Four-Way Elimination Tag Team match, but lost after being the first team eliminated when Fernando submitted to Jack Swagger's Patriot Lock. On the June 23, WWE.com reported that Fernando was injured at a live event that past weekend. Despite this, Diego and El Torito would then start a short feud with Fandango.
After 3MB broke up, their former mascot Hornswoggle joined Los Matadores as "La Vaquita", a midget cow mascot accompanying Torito's bullness on the August 19 edition of Main Event. Fernando made his return as well in a losing effort to Slater-Gator (Heath Slater and Titus O'Neil). At the WrestleMania 31 pre-show, Los Matadores competed in the Fatal Four Way tag team match, but they failed to win the titles. At Elimination Chamber, Los Matadores participated in the first-ever WWE Tag Team Championship Elimination Chamber, but failed and got eliminated first by The Ascension. At SummerSlam, Los Matadores competed in a Fatal 4-Way Tag Team Match for the WWE Tag Team Championship in a losing effort when they were pinned by The New Day. On September 7, 2015 episode of Raw after losing to The Dudley Boyz, Los Matadores turned heel when Diego attacked El Torito after the match, however he was then put through a table by the Dudley Boyz. They were last seen on Main Event that week, minus El Torito, where they were defeated by The Prime Time Players.
The Shining Stars (2016–present)
From April to May 2016, several videos aired on Raw promoting the return of Primo and Epico, who revived their Puerto Rican gimmick under the new name The Shining Stars. They were presented as arrogant heels, urging viewers to come to Puerto Rico, calling it the "Shining Star of the Caribbean." On the May 16 episode of Raw, The Shining Stars debuted by defeating a local tag team in a squash match. On the July 25 episode of Raw, the team returned to television where they were defeated by Enzo and Cass. On the September 5 episode of Raw, The Shining Stars defeated Enzo and Cass. The week after, Epico, accompanied by Primo defeated Enzo Amore, who was accompanied by Big Cass. They then began showing tendencies of con men, trying to persuade various superstars to purchase timeshares to their Puerto Rican resort. This led to an alliance with Titus O'Neil, who was looking to cross-promote with them for his new "Titus Brand." The trio would enter a feud with The Golden Truth (Goldust and R-Truth) and Mark Henry. On the November 7 edition of Raw, after R-Truth sold The Golden Truth's Survivor Series spot for a stay at a timeshare to The Shining Stars, both teams competed to qualify for the 10–on–10 Survivor Series Tag Team Elimination match, which Primo and Epico won.
- Double team finishing moves
- As Los Matadores
- As Primo & Epico
- As The Shining Stars
- The Shining Star (Legsweep (Primo) / Jumping gamengiri (Epico) combination)
- Double team signature moves
- As Los Matadores
- With El Torito
- As Primo & Epico
- Dropkick (Primo) and slingshot elbow drop (Epico) (combination)
- Irish whip (Epico) and dropkick (Primo) (combination)
- Primo or Epico suplexes the other from the apron onto a grounded opponent
- Side Russian legsweep (Epico) and leg sweep (Primo) (combination)
- Suplex by either Primo or Epico followed by a slingshot somersault senton or a slingshot elbow drop
- Entrance themes
Championships and accomplishments
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Now Primo & Epico are babyfaces, and they lost their title shot that they’re entitled to, shouldn’t Kingston and Truth offer them a re-match. It seems, to me, to be the honorable thing to do.
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