Former WWE Superstar Epico Colon has discussed a gimmick which Vince McMahon suggested for him and his cousin which would have seen them dress like Hugh Heffner.
Primo and Epico Colon went through the mill of characters during their run with WWE, including being travel ambassadors and matadors, which kept them as a fixture of the tag team division for many years.
Talking on That’s 90s Wrestling Podcast, Epico discussed how far the proposed gimmick of the pair looking like Hugh Heffner on WWE TV went.
One of the many times we got heat, they came up with this gimmick. We were supposed to be the Puerto Rican Playboys. We’re in the office and Vince goes, ‘Yeah you guys are good-looking. You’re Puerto Rican, I want you guys to dress like Hugh Hefner.’ It was like a mix of Hugh Hefner and Goldust. ‘You’re gonna wear black and gold.’
Me and Primo looked, we almost threw up right there. ‘Here’s your gimmick,’ they had gear and everything. We had the black and gold robe like Hugh Hefner. And we were gonna be in Goldust’s color scheme. ‘Oh god please.’
With just hours to spare, the characters were scrapped and Epico recalled what happened at that moment.
We were about to debut and then two hours before we were supposed to debut with that gimmick Vince goes, ‘Ah, it might be too much for TV. Playboys, what is that?’ And that was his idea. So then we get called into the office he goes, ‘Yeah I want you guys to sell me Puerto Rico. Just yeah, sell it to me. Sell me attention.’ And I’m like, ‘we’ll do whatever you want other than Puerto Rican Playboys.’
With thanks to SEScoops for the transcription.