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YMMV / Fandango

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  • Base-Breaking Character: As mentioned below, opinion seems to be split on him. On one side, people who know of him on NXT are aware he's an incredibly talented performer and are glad his Level Grinding on NXT is finally paying off. On the other, people believe that he's green at best/mediocre at worst and is being pushed way beyond his current skill set.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse:
    • While she was Fandango's dancing partner, Summer Rae already started to build up fans, especially among those who already knew who she was from NXT. This seems to have been noticed as well. While Fandango's push has cooled somewhat, Summer is still on the rise, appearing in the second season of Total Divas and having a part in the next installment of The Marine film series.
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    • Even more Darkhorse-y is Original Fandango Girl -AKA Fandanga, Ann Dango, Fandangirl...note 
  • He Really Can Act: Look at Fandango and watch Chett Chetterfield in Southpaw Regional Wrestling. Almost no one recognized him.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: During a "How Well Do You Know Your Pro?" challenge on NXT season four, R-Truth was asked what does he think Johnny Curtis could make a career out of outside of wrestling. Truth answered "Dancing or Acting".
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff: While Fandango is gaining popularity worldwide, the Brits seem to have really taken off with Fandango the most. It's been speculated (even by Wade Barrett) that the reason the post-WrestleMania crowd orchestrated the Fandango chants was mainly due to it having a higher Brit ratio than usual. The fact that his theme song reached #43 in the UK Singles Charts and #31 in the Scottish Singles Charts also seems to back this claim.
  • Memetic Mutation: Alongside the theme song, "Let the A's breathe."
    • "You're not even a real journalism."
  • Narm Charm: According to WrestleCrap, Johnny Curtis's surprising devotion to a gimmick that's so completely ridiculous has sent him into an exclusive club with the likes of John Morrison and The Hurricane of "People Who Were Given Goofy Gimmicks Who Made Them Work" and has somehow risen above snark.
  • The Scrappy/Rescued from the Scrappy Heap: He jumps in and out on a near weekly basis. The IWC cannot decide if they like him or not.
  • They Changed It, Now It Sucks!: The "new, improved Fandango" that debuted in 2014, swapped out his colorful outfits for basic black, his partner from Summer Rae to Rosa Mendes, his famous entrance theme for something closer to Flamenco music, and his general kooky demeanor taking a turn for the stoic and serious. This doesn't seem to have gone over well, as many felt his charming silliness was part of his appeal. He reverted to the colorful outfit and original entrance theme after WrestleMania 31, which while it didn't help on his standing in the card, made him a hit again with crowds overseas.
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  • Took the Bad Gimmick Seriously: Despite being saddled with a flamboyant dancer gimmick that makes it very hard to look tough, as well as a name millenials associate more immediately with an online ticketing website (and Chris Jericho, of course, has lampshaded this), one of the reasons Fandango's gotten so over is his ability/willingness to play this gimmick to the hilt, even on a couple of occasions when Jericho was pretty obviously trying to get him to start Corpsing. He's so committed to his character that he's even walked out of radio interviews when the interviewers mispronounce his name and he actually managed to avoid a WrestleCrap induction on the sheer strength of his dedication (even inspiring an entire article on "The Fandango Effect").

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