It's safe to say that Fandango's revised gimmick is working.
After a huge win over star Chris Jericho at WrestleMania 29, Fandango's Raw match against Kofi Kingston was rudely interrupted by Jericho on Monday night. It resulted in a disappointing win via disqualification. The rest was history.
Lying on the mat in agony, Fandango took the mic and moaned his name. The crowd responded in a big way, singing his new theme song—a new theme song that has taken on a life of its own. They were making it known that they wanted Fandango's new personality to stick.
It's incredible how quickly Fandango's new theme has gained steam. I was expecting him to soundly beat Kingston on Monday night (thus adding to his momentum). Curiously, he only ended up winning due to Jericho's interference, but the support from the crowd in New Jersey was phenomenal. That was truly a special moment for the WWE and Fandango.
It seems as if Fandango can keep the momentum with his theme song alone. At Raw, John Cena danced a little number to the song to accommodate the fans. A music technician eventually gave in and played the song again for the crowd. Fans were even honking their horns to the tune of Fandango's theme song after the show, according to Pat Laprade (via Arda Ocal of the Baltimore Sun). It was a wild scene.
And you wonder if the WWE will start to protect Fandango a bit after that display. No one could have predicted him receiving such a strong response. It was a moment that screamed "potential." He has all the makings of a rising personality in the WWE, and you can't help but join the singing and dancing.
The feud between Fandango and Jericho figures to take us on a fantastic ride. This could just be the beginning as Fandango attempts to make a name for himself.
And this is what the WWE is supposed to be about—giving the fans something or someone they can root for. Or at least giving them a cool theme song.