On Monday’s Raw, Fandango yet again refused to compete, extending a purposefully irritating angle that WWE fans don’t have the patience to appreciate.
After several weeks of backing out of matches because someone mispronounced his name, it looked like Fandango’s debut was finally here. He stood in the ring opposite Great Khali. The dancer/wrestler slipped out of the ring in escape.
As he retreated, the Pittsburgh crowd chanted, “You can’t wrestle” and booed him.
WWE likely heard the passion in those boos and smiled. It means the Fandango angle is working, right?
The trouble is it’s hard to distinguish when a crowd is booing in appreciation of villainy or out of genuine annoyance. It feels like Fandango is currently earning the latter type of boos.
Fandango’s gimmick had little chance to succeed from its inception.
Today’s WWE fans are hyper-critical and have high expectations. Were fans willing to give Fandango a chance, he could surprise them. Some seemingly idiotic gimmicks have turned out to be pretty darned fun. Perhaps Fandango could be the next Hurricane Helms.
Judging by the reactions he’s been getting thus far, Fandango may not get the opportunity to let that happen.
Tweets like the one from this fan are common.
Rapidly getting bored of Fandango! Just wrestle already! #RAW— Helen Louise Moore (@helenlovesMcG) March 12, 2013
The WWE Universe appears to be getting restless. It’s no wonder WWE so often speeds through its narratives. Delaying Fandango’s debut could be a great way to draw heat over time.
It seems, though, that WWE fans are not enjoying being teased.
This likely sets Fandango up for failure. Once he finally does step into the ring, he’s going to have to do something magnificent to sway the crowd.
Today’s WWE fans chant “Albert” during Tensai’s matches and “Goldberg” during Ryback’s matches. It takes mighty good performances and WWE staying dedicated to a star for those kinds of reactions to shitf to more positive ones.
WWE allotted an unbelievable amount of Monday’s Raw to Fandango.
His entrance alone was more time than most lower-card wrestlers dream of getting. The light display hanging above the entrance costs plenty of cash. That leads one to believe that WWE is firmly behind its ballroom-dancing warrior, regardless of how long it takes and how difficult it is to win fans over.