Dirty Dango (formerly Fandango in WWE), has made the Independent rounds following his WWE release in June.
Arguably his most high profile appearance came at NWA Hard Times 2 when he appeared alongside JTG. The two would team up on a recent episode of NWA Powerrr.
Speaking to Chris Van Vliet on Insight, Fandango discussed how his NWA tenure came about.
"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," he said.
Dango & JTG lost to JR Kratos & Aron Stevens in their debut match on NWA Powerrr.
Later in the interview, Dango explained how NWA suits him as it's more of a promo-driven show.
"Over the few days, I was coming up with different mannerisms. We cut a lot of promos, a lot of content. There are some good promos there. The cool thing with NWA is, if you don't have a good promo, every one of those guys and girls, you go to a live mic and you just have to go. Every one of those guys and girls can deliver. It's cool to see. A lot of Independents -- not saying they are independent or that independent is a bad word -- it's not really promo or character-driven. It's more athletic and highspots. NWA is more character, storyline, promo driven and an old school show, which is perfect for a guy like me who has a bum ass from doing leg drops," he said.
Dango went on to praise everyone on the roster for the promo ability, naming Trevor Murdoch, Nick Aldis, Thom Latimer, and more.
Elsewhere during the interview, Dango revealed that he was planned to win the WWE Intercontinental Title, but a concussion, which he hid from the company, changed things. You can find his full comments by clicking here.
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