Fandango: Best and Worst Case Scenarios for His WWE Career
WWE's newest dancing wrestler is a solid in-ring performer whose gimmick may either pokes holes in the side of his ship or somehow please fans in spite of its absurdity.
Johnny Curtis has apparently been transformed into a suave dancer character. WWE began running vignettes in November of last year. The spots have since aired sporadically.
When WWE does decide to bring in Curtis as Fandango, how far can he go with the company?
WWE has a long history of dance-centric characters with varying degrees of success. Fandango's success will largely depend on how the fans react to him and what stories and foes he's given.
WWE fans have bought into a man who talked to a mannequin head, into a wrestler who used a sock puppet as part of his finishing hold and into a rapper with an imaginary friend. What thrives and what bombs in WWE can be surprising at times.
The ballroom dancer gimmick feels ridiculous right away, but if the goofiness of the character comes off as endearing or at least amusing, Fandango has a chance to succeed.
The best WWE can hope for with Fandango is that he becomes an underdog who fans root for. Fandango may mirror Santino Marella, who has carved a niche as the wrestler no one takes seriously but excites audiences with his victories and near victories.
Fandango's dance routine could be ridiculous fun that adds a pop to his matches.
No amount of fan support or in-ring success can push a character like Fandango's further than the midcard though. It's just too difficult to imagine a tango dancer wrestling for a major championship.
Santino has won both the United States and Intercontinental titles.
That's the best Fandango can hope for. If WWE wants the excitement of a surprise championship win, Fandango might find himself becoming a short-term secondary champ.
The problem with that scenario is that it appears WWE is bringing back prestige to the secondary titles, and such a move could keep goofier characters like Fandango from being champions.
Wade Barrett and Antonio Cesaro look like they might hold their respective titles for a long time to come. As they should be, the US and IC belts are being used to showcase major talents who should eventually make their way to headlining status.
For those reasons, Fandango may be more likely to be a blip in WWE history than a midcard champ.
WWE already has a dancing tag team in Brodus Clay and Tensai. Is there really room for more dancing in the ring?
Is there room for him at all? The current WWE roster is crowded with young talent. An out-of-touch gimmick like Fandango's isn't likely to garner him much air time.
WWE fans may despise Fandango from the get-go anyway.
If Ryback received "Goldberg!" chants and Tensai heard "Albert" chants, there's no telling what kind of reaction fans will have for a gimmick that feels like it belongs in 1991.
Dancing can win over a chunk of the crowd if it's infectious enough, but Fandango doesn't look like the next Koko B. Ware. His act looks more serious.
If fans boo him or worse yet give him no reaction, Fandango could find himself sitting around tweeting backstage with Yoshi Tatsu and Alex Riley.
Not every incoming or repackaged wrestler is going to be the next Brock Lesnar. WWE does need its filler guys, comic relief and jobbers. Fandango might find his home among the bottom rungs, but that's a precarious place.
When WWE decides to shave off salary, it's the guys at the bottom that get axed.
He could be future-endeavored in a matter of months or be a surprise hit, depending on how the fans take to his smooth-stepping act.
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