At Extreme Rules, the opening match was Chris Jericho defeating Fandango. This was their second match of the series, as Fandango defeated Jericho at WrestleMania XXIX.
Jericho has been used to pick up momentum for Fandango's character, with hopes to further ascend him in the rankings. Although Jericho is a consummate professional, always selflessly willing to put anyone over, this project is most likely going to result in a bust.
Fandango is a good performer. He won NXT season four and has shown his athleticism competing for the NXT brand. However, the Fandango act could—and probably will—relegate the wrestler known as Johnny Curtis to just another flash-in-the-pan novelty act.
I liken Fandango to a lesser-esteemed Val Venis. Sean Morley had a decent run with the Val Venis gimmick, but he had no chance of becoming a main event star, even though he was an Intercontinental and Tag Team champion during his WWE tenure.
Honestly, I don't see Fandango even achieving that much.
Many believed he was catapulted to stardom after his WrestleMania match fell below expectations. The crowd in the Izod Center in East Rutherford, N.J. gave Fandango a resurgence that surely pleased Vince McMahon, and #fandangoing become the hot topic. Despite that, we have to factor in that the audience was a remnant from WM 29, which included many fans from other states and countries.
Now, fandangoing is virtually fandangone.
At the end of the day, Fandango will be known as a quick moment in the annals of WWE history. Nothing more. He is not over (his music is) and we will reflect on his gimmick a year from now with simply a few chuckles and head shakes.
Maybe I'm wrong. Perhaps Fandango will be a star. However, I doubt that it will be in the WWE. Johnny Curtis, on the other hand, is a great athlete with potential, but he may have been placed in a gimmick that will not give him a fair opportunity to express those elements.
Fandango may very well be around for a while. But soon, he'll be thrown on the same boat with Zack Ryder, The Great Khali and Santino Marella.
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