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Why Fandango’s Sudden Popularity In WWE May Be Harmful To Him

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By now, every wrestling fan on the planet has been humming and/or singing the ever so catchy ballroom instrumental that made it to the UK’s top iTunes singles sales of the week.

WWE newcomer Fandango became an instant hit after this past Monday live on Monday Night Raw. Did he dazzle the crowd with his unparalleled dance moves? Did he cut a CM Punk-like pipe bomb promo that sent the internet on fire? Did he have a quality match that paralleled with the likes of Ric Flair, Stone Cold Steve Austin or Shawn Michaels?

No, it wasn’t any of those options at all. In fact, Fandangos popularity graduated to the next level when he wasn’t even in the ring. The culprits responsible for this new cult madness would be the New Jersey Raw crowd the night after WrestleMania 29, but is this really helping Fandango or is it going to hurt him?

Just like in life, moments in wrestling have made the famous phrase “be careful for what you wish for…” very well known. At this moment, Fandango is the hottest star of the week being the main subject of internet wrestling memes, wrestling trending topics and internet searches.

Fans are clamoring to see what will be next for him on either this Friday night Smackdown or next week’s Raw, but this meteoric rise may not be in his favor.

Remember, Fandango is very new to the ring and just had his first full WWE match this past Sunday at WrestleMania against Chris Jericho. The character of Fandango is supposed to be obnoxious, over the top, and an “I must hate this guy” kind of character. If the fans are going against the grain of his character this early in his WWE tenure, WWE may actually listen and push him too fast to satiate our request.

I know what you’re thinking, “how is this a bad thing?” By all means, getting a push is not  bad at all. But just because you get a significant push doesn’t mean that the light at the end of the tunnel is eternally bright — just ask Zack Ryder.

Personally (and this is the honest truth), I was starting to take a liking to Fandango even before WrestleMania. WWE threw the Fandango bait out there and I caught on to it early. I would like to see him getting under the skin of superstars due to his obnoxious, overly dramatic ways for a while before he transitions to his next level.

I’m enjoying the character just like other fans are, but I don’t want to get too much of him just now, because you know the saying “too much of a good thing” … well once again, just look at Ryder.


Maurice D. Proffit is a Writer for Rant Sports