Fandango caused a sensation when his iconic dancing entrance in WWE went viral. Fans were spotted “Fandangoing” at sporting events all over the United States. He defeated Chris Jericho at WrestleMania. Unfortunately, Dirty Dango’s time with WWE didn’t last.
He was relegated to a comedy gimmick with Tyler Breeze. While the team was popular with fans, their run was mostly uneventful. The pair did capture the NXT Tag Team Championship in 2020 after being moved to the brand.
At the NWA Hard Times 2 pay-per-view, Dirty Dango debuted with the National Wrestling Alliance. He recently revealed on Insight with Chris Van Vliet that he hooked up with the promotion in an unconventional way. He first met Billy Corgan at Drew McIntyre’s wedding.
“I was at Drew McIntyre’s wedding a few years ago, we’re really close, and Billy (Corgan) was there. When I got released — when you get released, you figure out who your real friends are. A lot of people you think you’ll hear from, you don’t. A lot of people you don’t expect to reach out to you, they do, which is surprising. Understandably, it’s weird, when someone gets released that you’re not close with, you know they’re getting 1,000 text messages and it’s a weird situation.
Drew reached out to me and was like, ‘If you want to try to get in with Billy, here is his contact.’ I gave him a call and he said, ‘we’re doing some tapings in December.’ We did three or four days in Atlanta, long days of filming, but it was like a family reunion. I saw my old buddies; Mike Knox, Sam Adonis was there, it was a reunion. Just a cliche analogy of, you have to be nice to everybody on your way up. Not saying the NWA is on the way down, but it’s true, we’re a weird niche community and we’re all connected in some way. If you’re a prick to somebody or screw someone over, there’s a good chance you’ll run into them again, but if you’re cool and are nice to people, which I think I did, it was cool to see my old friends. Laid back atmosphere. It was fun.”
Dirty Dango says the promotion suits him because it is a promo-driven show. He has shown great versatility with his character work in the past. Billy Corgan is hoping he can bring some of that magic to fans of the NWA.
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