Fandango’s week began on the April 19th edition of Smackdown where he defeated Santino Marella. Although WWE is clearly feeding Fandango jobbers to build him as a winner, the choice of Santino was a wise one. Marella is WWE’s comedy jobber who provides a funny accent and mispronunciation. Pairing him up with a new character whose gimmick is about mispronouncing his name was brilliant. The outcome was never in doubt as Fandango continues to win.
Then, on Raw in London, Fandango faced William Regal in another victory for this week. Regal was another wise choice for Fandango’s opponent. Regal is rarely seen on WWE TV, as he spends most of his time with NXT. However, since Raw was in London, the choice of a British superstar was another brilliant move. The choice of the hometown hero guaranteed that the crowd would be against Fandango. Since Fandango became even more popular the night after WrestleMania (due to the crowd), WWE had to make sure that he stayed a heel.
Fandango had a rough start to his WWE career, but the future may be bright for the dancing heel. While many fans were beginning to hate Fandango for refusing to wrestle his matches, WWE made some great choices. The point of a heel is to hate him and that’s exactly what Fandango was becoming. His debut finally came at WrestleMania of all shows. Thankfully, WWE had him win against Chris Jericho.
However, as mentioned before, something happened the night after WrestleMania. Myself and others in attendance at the Izod Center in New Jersey for Raw, began humming and dancing to Fandango’s music. His entrance music became a hit in both USA and the UK. While it had more to do with his entrance music than himself, Fandango’s push began.
His promo on the following Raw was weak, but changes around the company may have been put into place for Fandango. Antonio Cesaro lost his United States title to midcard lifer Kofi Kingston. The new champion’s win was surprising, but it could mean something for Fandango. If WWE is serious about pushing Fandango, a midcard title may be a good move. The midcard titles have been treated terribly as of late, but perhaps Fandango can change that.
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