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Fandango On Wanting To Earn Chris Jericho’s Respect At WrestleMania 29

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Fandango was pleased to get an upset win at WrestleMania 29 in 2013, but was more focused on earning the respect of his opponent Chris Jericho.

On a recent edition of the “Wrestling with Johners” podcast, Fandango recalled working with Jericho and his worries going into the bout. He said,

“My biggest thing was I just wanted him to respect me and I just didn’t want to let him down because I looked up to him so much as a performer. Honestly, I was comfortable with the match prior, the most nervewracking aspect of that whole thing was remembering the dance routine for me, I just remember being really stressed out about that.

“I knew once we get in the ring, I’m in there with Chris and it’s not like it was a super difficult match, it was a little schmoz match — it was like six minutes. But the freaking dance routine had me really shook. I was like, ‘F***, man.’ I had been wrestling at that time for years so I was comfortable in the ring, but the dancing thing was two, three, four months new to me.”

In the years since, Jericho has had a negative outlook on the match and has even said he thought the idea for the match was a rib when it was first presented to him.

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