Former WWE Superstar Fandango has claimed that he knew his days were numbered when Nick Khan joined the company.
On June 25th Fandango, now known as Dirty Dango, was released by WWE alongside his long-time tag team partner Tyler Breeze. The pair were let go along with likes of Tony Nese and Ariya Daivari. Fandango’s exit marked the end of a 15-year run with the company that began with a stint in Deep South Wrestling in 2006.
During a recent appearance on Insight with Chris Van Vliet, Fandango opened up about his release. The former NXT Tag Team Champion said that there was a time where he thought he would end his career with the company. However, when Nick Khan was installed as WWE President, that all changed.
“I started to think like that,” Dango stated on if he felt he’d be at WWE forever. “When the Covid cuts came, like, we’re definitely out of here. Then we never got fired, and I’m like, maybe I’ll just keep working here and I’ll be the next Brooklyn Brawler, you know. I’ll retire when I’m 60.
“But then, when [Nick] Khan came in, is that his name? He started cleaning house and I think Breeze and I were still on some main roster contract pay scale, so I kind of knew, I think we both kind of knew it was coming. It sucks because you’re not getting paid as much, obviously. For me it was exciting because I can go off and do some different stuff, you know. You can’t work at the same place forever, man.”
Following his departure from WWE, Dango signed with the NWA, making his debut for the promotion at Hard Times 2 on December 4th. The former NXT Superstar said that he initially thought he’d retire when he left WWE but has since found himself busier than ever. Dango explained that moving away from the “grind” of WWE has reminded him why he got into the wrestling industry in the first place.
“Honestly, I thought I would retire, but I’ve been busier in the last three or four months than I did in NXT the two years prior to that,
It’s cool, and It’s reminding me of why I got into the business. I guess it’s not just work anymore for me, it’s why I got into it, you know what I’m saying? I’m not trying to talk sh*t about WWE, but it’s just that grind, bro. That schedule is tough when you’re making two three million dollars a year, but it’s even harder on guys like Heath Slater.
This dude is showing up to TV and grinding every week and you know you’re going to roll into TV and lose, probably. That’s your job. You’re that guy that shows up every week, and every now and then you’ll get a little pushki, but it’s tough, man. That grind and your equity on TV is still kind of sh***y and you know you’re just going to do Superstars or Main Event every week, it gets to you, man, it really does.”
Elsewhere in the interview, Dirty Dango revealed that he was “p*ssed” about making his main roster WWE debut at WrestleMania.
H/t to Wrestling Inc for the transcription.