WWE News: Epico faces lengthy spell on sidelines after undergoing surgery

Primo and Epico had only recently returned to action after Primo's injury
Gary Cassidy

What's the story?

It hasn't been a good few months for Primo and Epico. Following some sporadic television appearances, former WWE Tag Team Champion Primo Colon was sidelined for several weeks due to injury.

Well, less than one month after their return to WWE Live shows, Epico has now undergone surgery and faces a lengthy spell on the sidelines.

In case you didn't know...

Primo and Epico were drafted to Smackdown Live in 2017 and underwent a name change - becoming The Colons rather than their previous name of the Shining Stars. They had previously been known as Los Matadores, but The Colons looked like a throwback to when they were at their most successful when they were simply named Primo and Epico.

The former Tag Team Champions got off to a flyer on the blue brand with a victory against American Alpha but, shortly after their debut as The Colons on SmackDown Live, Primo was sidelined with a devastating knee in the summer, shelving any plans for the tag team for the foreseeable future.

The heart of the matter

PW Insider first reported that WWE star Orlando Colon, aka Epico, underwent shoulder surgery yesterday in Birmingham, Alabama.

There was no news of the severity of the injury or how long the 35-year-old would be out of action, but he has since taken to Twitter and, while his outlook remains positive, suggested it won't be a speedy recovery.

While Colon has not exactly been a mainstay on WWE television as of late, he is a second generation Superstar and has been with WWE since 2010.

The last time the Colons were seen on TV was in November of this year, being ringside in a lumberjack match between the New Day and Kevin Owens & Sami Zayn, following the Survivor Series pay-per-view.

In terms of in-ring action, their most recent matches saw them team with Mike Kanellis and the Bludgeon Brothers in a victory against Breezango, The Ascension and Tye Dillinger at the end of November.

What's next?

Who knows? Sadly, this injury may see The Colons on the sidelines for quite a while and the SmackDown Live Tag Team Division is currently pretty stacked.

While WWE seems pretty invested in Primo and Epico, repackaging them several times, more time out of action is never good for a tag team struggling for TV time.

Author's take

It's a real shame. Both Primo and Epico are outstanding in-ring talents whose gimmicks have never quite matched up to their technical ability. It seemed like they were onto something as The Shining Stars and then even going back to basics as The Colons - but, sadly, injuries have never allowed them to gain momentum and get the push they deserve.

We wish Epico a speedy recovery and hope to see The Colons back in action soon!

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Edited by Rohit Nath
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