There is no better stage to make your debut and there may be no better worker with more combination of credibility and respect to do it against than Chris Jericho. That's what Fandango got to do tonight (Sun., April 7, 2013) at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey, when the two had a singles match at WrestleMania 29.
But could he live up to the hype?
It will likely depend on who you ask, but from this writer's perspective, he did very well for himself, though he was in there with a veteran hand like "Y2J." Fandango was doing all the right character tweaks, like dancing in between moves and working with light feet as often as possible.
Jericho sold big for him, even bleeding out of his forehead. It's hard to tell if it was a legitimate blade job or if he got color hardway. Either way, he bled.
They also used great psychology from the build up to the match. Fandango used his big leg drop off the top rope in recent weeks to incapacitate Jericho, so when he did it in the match, it was the perfect spot for a near fall. That's what they did, too, as Jericho kicked out on the first one.
They badly botched the Lionsault late, but Jericho recovered by quickly going for the Walls of Jericho. Fandango reversed it into a roll-up and got the pinfall that way.
He did it, ladies and gentlemen; he put the young guy over.
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