A former WWE Superstar has been preparing for the next stage of his career, from long before he left the company.
Fandango, or Dirty Dango as he is known these days, was with WWE for over a decade, featuring on the fourth season of NXT and also being a star of Florida Championship Wrestling and Deep South Wrestling, before heading to the main roster.
As a WWE Superstar, Fandango had a fairly muted career, with one title reign as NXT Tag Team Champion with Tyler Breeze to his name, but he did also defeat Chris Jericho at Wrestlemania 29. Since leaving WWE, Dango has been on the independents, most notably making a few appearances for National Wrestling Alliance.
Fandango himself has admitted that he “saw the writing on the wall” for his career and was looking for potential routes beyond the ring long before he left WWE:
“I think I saw the writing on the wall. I was 37 at the time, you kinda read the writing on the wall. I had a good run and I was kind of already speaking with WWE about possibly coaching down the road…”
Later in the conversation, he then went on to discuss his release from WWE, and gave some advice to other people who may face a similar call in the future:
“It didn’t seem real though for a couple of months after because you live your life for so long under contract and it’s – I guess the first thing was everyone bombards you and they want you to come and do signings for them and stuff like that. I don’t know how everybody got my number. It’s just overwhelming. It’s a lot to take in.
I suggest turning your phone off for a day or two and just relax. It’s not all negative, because you get overwhelmed with a lot of your friends that reach out to you and see how you’re doing, to make sure everything’s okay, and if you need anything. It’s a niche community, professional wrestling where your friends help you out and point you in the right direction.”
Dirty Dango will be making his debut for independent wrestling company AML Wrestling on 26 June at their Battle Scars event at the Benton Convention Center in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.