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WWE NEWS: Jericho speaks - what did he think of Fandango as his WM29 program?, why is the character McMahon's "pet project?"

May 9, 2013 - 3:34:36 PM
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By James Caldwell, PWTorch assistant editor

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WWE star Chris Jericho says he "was not super excited" about working with Fandango at the start of their feud leading to WrestleMania 29 last month. However, once he realized how much of a pet project the "Fandango" character is for WWE head Vince McMahon, he bought into the program.

"He (McMahon) loves it. He's rolled with it from the start and now it's getting over to a degree - I don't know if he's more over or the song is over, but at least there's a reaction," Jericho told the Hooked on Wrestling online publication.

"To be honest I did a lot of that to make it happen," Jericho continued. "It's why Vince put me with him for WrestleMania. I wasn't really super excited about it at the start as you can probably imagine but but then after a bit I realised what the task was and that it was a challenge!

Jericho says that McMahon thought Fandango would be a "great heel" after watching Jericho on "Dancing with the Stars." According to Jericho, "Vince probably watched (DWTS) and thought all the dancers looked gay and thought (Fandango would) make a great heel."

However, Jericho thinks Fandango will eventually turn face because of how well Johnny Curtis has executed the character and because of the music.

"I told Vince probably about a week before WrestleMania, he's going to be a babyface soon. 'Why?' he says. Because it's such a ridiculous character and he plays it so well so far that most of the crowd will be cheering for him, too," Jericho said. "It's hilarious. Here we are two weeks later and he's the most over guy on the show. Well, at least his music is."

[ FYI: Jericho's entire interview with Rob McNichol of the U.K. Sun and Patrick Lennon of the Daily Star can be read in the newest edition of Hooked on Wrestling featuring Sting on the cover. The May issue is available for $1.99 / £1.49 in Apple and Android stores. ]

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