Fandango was wrestling Zack Ryder in what seemed to be a squash match to gain momentum for his title bout at WWE Payback. The head injury could have occurred at multiple points during the match, as Ryder hit a Missile Drop kick from the top rope, and later “The Broski Boot” to Fandango’s skull.
The injury came at a very inconvenient time for the NXT upstart who was just days away from competing in Triple Threat match with Wade Barrett and The Miz for the Intercontinental title, a honor that was later rewarded to Curtis Axel, who went on to win the match in dramatic fashion at Payback.
According to a spoiler article on The Examiner.com, Fandango will be announced on Friday night SmackDown as one of seven superstars that will be competing in the July 16th Money in The Bank ladder match for a chance to win the World Heavyweight Title at some point in the future.
The call seems a bit surprising given the fact that Fandango has stayed a low-card gimmick since his debut on Monday Night Raw in March. Fandango did manage to defeat Chris Jericho at WrestleMania. Jericho however, got his revenge next month at Payback, when he nailed Fandango with a reverse code breaker to tie the series.
With the Money in the Bank match featuring Dean Ambrose, Jack Swagger, Antonio Cescaro Cody Rhodes, and Wade Barrett, there is very little chance of Fandango coming out the victor in this contest. Fandango’s match will most likely just be a gimmick draw to garner attention as Fandango seeks heat by attacking other superstars in the weeks leading up to the match. Money in The Bank will also likely set up Fandango for a feud with another superstar in the match.
A feud with technical mat wrestler, Antonio Cesaro, would be Fandango’s best option to get over as a face with the crowd and end his ridiculous dancer gimmick. Now that Cesaro is building up excellent heel heat with the accompaniment of Zeb Coulter, it would be impossible for fans not to cheer for Fandango as he shuts Cesaro and Coulter’s mouth, before they can deliver any more of their hate filled rants.
Overall, if Fandango wants to rise up the ranks of the WWE ladder, he will need to drop his dancer gimmick and showcase more crowd pleasing moves to make his matches more exciting. Fandango also needs more time in the ring to prove his talent and expand on his move set, instead of doing one-sided four minute matches that feature little to no memorable moments for fans.
In the end it is up to WWE what to do with this diamond in the rough. They have had trouble with transitioning talent to the big leagues before, and without a good push coupled with an enticing storyline, it will only happen again.