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For those of us who stopped watching the WWE (or the WWF as it was known then) for its scripted and ‘fake’ content, here’s something that might pique your interest. For those of us who watch wrestling, you already know what I’m talking about.
Yes, that’s right. After PSY’s eccentric Gangnam Style dance and the neurotic Harlem Shake meme, inspired by Baauer’s song, WWE might have hit the Internet with a viral disease of its own. It’s called Fandangoing.
It all started over a month back when WWE debuted a new villainous character on television called Fandango (pronounced FAAAHN-DAAAN-GOOO) with a cocky, suave ballroom dance gimmick. What’s most appealing however, is his entrance and the theme music. Accompanied by a female dancer, Fandango would perform a few sensual moves before strutting down the ring poised gracefully as a ballet dancer would.
Fandango would however, delay his in-ring debut by weeks, simply because the ring announcer or other wrestlers, couldn’t get his name right. He would spell out the correct pronunciation, as crowds would buy into his tomfoolery and say it with him.
It all started on April 8, the night after Wrestlemania – where he finally made his in-ring debut defeating Chris Jericho, when the Monday Night RAW crowd in New Jersey began jiving to Fandango’s entrance theme at almost every segment, promo, match during the live telecast.
Thus began the Fandango revolution.
Since then WWE: ChaChaLaLa (Fandango) by Jim Johnston has taken the iTunes Store Top 10 Soundtrack Songs chart, peaking at #2 in the UK, #3 in the US, and #10 in Australia.
For some fans it seems RAW just wasn’t enough. A mob of WWE (and now Fandango) fans went bonkers on a train as they Fandango-ed their back home.
That’s not all. Just like The Harlem Shake, Fandango has gone viral since the RAW episode, with cheerleaders of the NFL’s Houston Texans performing a version of their own.
With Fandangoing, WWE has finally found its answer to tebowing, and should hope to capitalise big on the emerging superstar. While I don’t see him donning the WWE Championship belt any time soon, Fandango is the pro wrestling companies chance to hit the jackpot, and put behinds back in their seats.
Here’s what Fandango had to say:
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