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Blues fans dancing to Fandango's tune; WWE superstar reveals: I am an Evertonian.

Byline: NEIL DOCKING @NEILDOCKINGECHO

HE'S A WWE superstar known to wrestling fans around the world as Fandango - a ballroom dancer who leaves his opponents' heads spinning.

But thanks to persistent Everton fans on Twitter, the 32-year-old grappler is also now an honorary Evertonian.

The American was given a tour of Goodison Park by club legends Graeme Sharp and Ian Snodin, where he explained how he became a Blue.

Fandango, real name Curt Hussey, shot to fame this time last year after making his in-ring debut at WrestleMania 29 - the biggest event in WWE's calendar.

The night after the show, during an episode of WWE Raw, British fans who had stayed over in New Jersey began singing his theme song, ChaChaLaLa, and "Fandangoing" - dancing - in their thousands.

Fandango said: "The UK fans were getting more rambunctious and loud and as I came out for my match with Kofi Kingston and Chris Jericho interfered, the UK fans started Fandangoing.

"We had a week off and there was a lot of Twitter interaction with fans of different football clubs and a lot of football, hockey and baseball teams started playing my music at their games.

"A few WWE fans over here in the UK were tweeting Everton asking them to play my music.

"Everton responded saying they would not be able to, so me being the aggressor that I am, I decided to tweet Everton a bit of friendly banter back and forth, and they decided to play my music. Since then, we've been good friends!" Everton officials kindly offered to teach Fandango about the club's illustrious history and played the song in the Park End Fan Zone before a 2-0 win over QPR.

The song even reached number 11 in the UK iTunes charts.

Fandango said: "I think it really correlated with the football atmosphere and the fun atmosphere of a football game, when they get the chants going.

"I owe a lot to the UK fans for that, for sure."

The performer, known for his diving leg drop finishing move, says it is hard to keep up with the team's results, given his hectic touring schedule.

But he keeps an eye on Everton's scores back home in Florida and the form of his favourite player and fellow American, goalkeeper Tim Howard.

But he admits his decision to become a Toffee could cause a bit of trouble with locker room rival Sheamus - a Liverpool fan from Dublin, Irelan,d nicknamed The Celtic Warrior. He added: "I think it's a friendly kind of competition, but he will take a couple of jabs at me when he finds out I'm an Everton fan!"

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Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
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Date:Mar 7, 2014
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