Former WWE Superstar Recalls The Rock Going Out of His Way for Him: ‘It Was Cool To Hear Him Say That’

Published 12/17/2021, 11:45 AM EST
EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ – FEBRUARY 16: Actor and WWE Professional Wrestler Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson attends a press conference to announce a major international event, Wrestle Mania XXIX, at MetLife Stadium on February 16, 2012 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by John W. Ferguson/WireImage)


Former WWE superstar, Fandango had quite an interesting initial run when he debuted for Vince McMahon’s company. The former NXT tag team champion defeated the legend, Chris Jericho, on WrestleMania 29 in his debut match. And it looks like that The Rock loved the gimmick of Fandango.

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That WrestleMania 29 match is still talked about when people talk about impressive in-ring debuts. However, Fandango recently revealed in an interview about his backstage meeting with the former WWE champion, The Rock.

WWE released Fandango alongside various superstars during their infamous ‘budget cuts’ in June 2021 which have not stopped till now.

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The Rock loved the way Fandango carried himself in WWE

The former champ recently appeared in an interview with Chris Van Vliet on his YouTube channel where he addressed that how a compliment from The Rock gave him the confidence he needed.

The Rock caught Fandango in 2013 and praised the way he presented his gimmick in the middle of the ring and how he just let himself loose in those dance steps, which was part of his gimmick.

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“He [The Rock] came up to me at TV and he goes, ‘Hey, what’s your name?’ I’m like, ‘Curt. Curt sir. How you doing? Nice to meet you.’ He’s like, ‘No! Your name?’ ‘Curt, how you doing man?’ He’s like, ‘Dumbass, the f*cking gimmick.’ ‘Oh, it’s Fandango. How you doing?’ F*ck, I f*cked the whole thing up but, it was cool to hear him say that man [The Rock praised Fandango in 2013],” said the former WWE Superstar.

Fandango also confessed that his time with the WWE was tainted as he had some attitude problem. However, he also noted that ever since he got a compliment from The Great One, people’s behavior backstage started changing towards him. He said that when he started getting some attention back in 2013, people started to become a bit ‘weird’ backstage.

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However, after working for 15 years for Vince McMahon, Fandango was released in 2020. While serving on the main roster, Fandango feuded with Chris Jericho, John Cena, Big E, and many more before he moved to the tag team division.

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Prithvi Mishra

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Prithvi Mishra is a WWE and AEW author for EssentiallySports. He graduated from Raj Kumar Goel Institute of Technology in Ghaziabad. Having started his career as a UFC writer, Prithvi has nearly 2 years worth of experience in covering combat sports.

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