Fandango Originally Planned To Be A Male Stripper Gimmick

Fandango did a Q&A with to promote Monday Night Raw in Hartford next week. In it, he says the initial plan for his gimmick was to be a male stripper gimmick under the name Johnny Curtis.  After trying it out in dark matches, they realized it was a little risky and not quite PG.

Initially, Vince [McMahon] had an idea of a male stripper. We kind of did that in a few dark matches as simply Johnny Curtis. It was like a Dirty Dancing, kind of Swayze deal. I think they saw it and realized real quick that it's a little risky. It was Fandango a little more sexy, a little not quite PG. Vince had an idea to do the ballroom thing, and I embraced it, man. Thing is, if you can play a hard character, a real complicated character like this or the Undertaker — anything that's really far out there — I think you can make money with it if you really embrace it, you know what I'm saying? If you just go into it not really into it, people are going to see right through it and see just a guy playing a character [and] not really into it. I'm like, 'This is an opportunity I've been waiting for for 13, 14 years. I either gotta really embrace this thing or just go back to working for EWA in Maine making 50 bucks a night.'

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    Great attitude for him to have. Other wrestlers could learn from him

    • Nostaljack

      He didn’t complain…not once that I’m aware of. He simply did as he was told and waited until the time was right. Nicely done and, as a result, he has the success everyone wants.

  • Avalanchian

    Val Venis will always be the stripper type of the WWE to me.

  • Kacie

    Stupid pg! Instead of them planning a male stripper character, just hire back Val Venis. He was the best.

  • BlazeKing

    The gimmick was “Simply” Johnny Curtis.