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Fandango is slated to take on Chris Jericho at Extreme Rules in a WrestleMania XXIX rematch. There is no stipulation in place for the their match, but it's possible that there was originally supposed to be one involved.
According to WrestleScoop.com, Vince McMahon originally wanted to make the encounter between Fandango and Jericho at Extreme Rules a "dance-off." This means that they wouldn't have actually had a match at Extreme Rules, but the WWE obviously decided to go in a different direction.
The dance-off ended up taking place on Raw, but it didn't go quite as expected. Fandango's dancing partner, Summer Rae, appeared to sprain her ankle early in their routine. When Jericho was checking to see if she was okay, Fandango attacked him. He beat him to a pulp and even hit him with a piece of the flooring that was put in the ring.
Once Fandango got back in the ring, Summer popped up like nothing had happened and shared a laugh with Fandango. It was a great segment in terms of getting heat for both Fandango and Summer, but the WWE ultimately didn't deliver on the dance-off promise.
While a dance-off at Extreme Rules certainly would have been something different, it's doubtful that it would have worked well on a pay-per-view card. It brings back memories of Brodus Clay dancing with his "mama" and her "bridge club" at WrestleMania XXVIII. That largely got negative reviews, so it was probably smart to keep the dance-off segment on Raw.
Besides, while Fandango and Jericho did a decent job at WrestleMania XXIX, they didn't wrestle their best possible match. They now have another chance to impress the WWE Universe, and they figure to take the ball and run with it on Sunday.
Also, there is some mystery to this match as it could seemingly go either way. Conventional wisdom would seem to suggest that Fandango should win just like he did at 'Mania since he is the rising star, but he continues to get the better of Y2J and the creative team may decide to give Jericho a victory.
Whatever the case, Fandango and Jericho are set to engage in a very interesting battle at Extreme Rules.
*Updated by Mike Chiari on Friday, May 17 at 7:35 a.m. ET