Dirty Dango Says He Hid A Concussion From WWE, How It Killed IC Title Plans


During a recent appearance on Chris Van Vliet’s Insight podcast, former WWE Superstar Dirty Dango (Fandango) revealed that he was scheduled to win the Intercontinental Title in WWE at one point. You can check out some highlights from the podcast below:

On being scheduled to win the Intercontinental Championship: “They were going to put the IC Title on me and I got concussed working with Great Khali … I didn’t tell them I was concussed, it was like a week or two before. I worked Khali a couple weeks out from a pay-per-view and we worked like a week before the pay-per-view. If you get concussed and you go out and get hit again, it’s a lot easier to get concussed. If you don’t give the swelling enough time to go down, it’s really easy to get concussed again.”

On hiding the concussion: “I was concussed and I kept performing and didn’t tell anybody. I think I was wrestling Zack Ryder [Matt Cardona] in Long Island and I took a shoulder tackle and I was completely out. We got through the rest of the match, got to the back, and I thought I just wrestled Khali because your brain just goes back to where you originally got f*cked up. Then I just said it, ‘I thought I worked Khali, I got knocked out.’ I stooged myself off. To the company’s protocol, I was completely wrong. You should definitely tell them when you’re hurt because they don’t want any athlete to get seriously injured.”

On his reasoning for hiding the concussion: “I grew up in the wrestling business, if someone is going to put the IC Title you on you, you don’t take yourself out of the game. I didn’t want to stooge myself off. It was a tough spot. They took me off TV for a couple of weeks. I think Curtis Axel won the title. It derailed me. I was partying a lot at that time too. I kind of let up. I was in developmental for so long and in my mind, I got to the finish line and I had made it. You don’t just make it. You have to keep grinding after you get there even harder. I take full accountability for that. I kind of got there, I thought I was in, I was Vince’s little pet and I let up. That’s on me.”

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