fandango

The dust has settled the wrestling world as the Wrestlemania week draws to a close. This year at Wrestlemania 29 the most talked about subject has surprised a lot of critics. It wasn’t John Cena re-capturing the WWE Championship for the 11th time. It wasn’t Triple H getting even with Brock Lesnar. It wasn’t even the great match CM Punk had with the Undertaker.  The biggest subject involves a man, his music and an eccentric crowd in the state of New Jersey.

The man is a wrestler named Fandango who wrestled in WWE for years as Johnny Curtis. He was in their traing grounds from 2006 until 2010 where he won NXT season four, a competition that introduced the winner onto WWE’s main shows. Despite being talented in the ring, Curtis needed something special to get noticed by not only the top officials in the WWE but the fans too. So in late 2012, the creative team re-introduced Curtis as a ballroom dancer/wrestler under the new name of Fandango. This character would make various appearances on WWE television but refused to wrestle as he felt that people couldn’t say his name properly. His first match as Fandango would take place at Wrestlemania where he fought and defeated ex World champion Chris Jericho.

The next night on Monday night Raw would be even better for Fandango as the New Jersey crowd started dancing and singing to his entrance music. Since then it has kicked off a craze that is referred to the internet as fandangoing.  The effects were immediate as on a train after the show, a group of fans carried on fandangoing in the following clip which after five days already has over 66,000 views in the past five days.

fandangoing on a train

Fandango’s song also is a hit with the ladies as the Houston Texan cheerleaders started fandangoing during practice and received huge responses online and over 100,000 views in just 48 hours.

Houston Texan cheerleaders fandangoing

The song called “ChaChaLaLa” by WWE’s long time composer Jim Johnson has done successful too reaching number 11 in the UK iTunes chart and received a mention in VH1 Best Week Ever.  Click the link below for a listen of the actual song.

Chachalala by Jim Johnson

That being said the craze has a few critics. While Rangers played the song before a match in Scotland, Everton refused to play it in their match at Liverpool. A refusal that got the attention of the man who started this craze.

Everton FC got several request to play Pro wrestler Fandango’s music before their match at Liverpool. Fandango wasn’t happy to that. Here is what both sides had to say.

Everton FC got several request to play Pro wrestler Fandango’s music before their match at Liverpool. Fandango wasn’t happy to that. Here is what both sides had to say.

http://storify.com/DiarmuidCrowGCD/everton-vs-fandango

After witnessing trends like Gangnam Style and Harlem Shake, people wonder if Fandangoing will replace the Harlem Shake.  No one knows but if it does become an internet phenomenon, then Vince McMahon would have his dream fulfilled, that dream being WWE stepping out of the wrestling shadow and entering into the entertainment sector.  However the thanks doesn’t belong to his marquee stars like John Cena, CM Punk or Triple H. The kudos belong to the dancing wrestler that is Fandango.