In a recent interview with Chris Van Vliet as part of the INSIGHT With Chris Van Vliet podcast, former WWE superstar Fandango (aka Johnny Curtis/Dirty Dango) discussed several topics, including initially thinking that he would retire from the wrestling business following his release from the WWE.

“Dude, I thought a year or two ago, like when they were making cuts and everything, you start to think of like, when all of your friends are getting fired, those are all my friends, like thirty or forty of my close friends that I started with, it starts to become more of a reality and you start to really think about, what am I going to do next and I’m like, there’s a possibility, I’ll probably never wrestle again, you know. I didn’t think I was going to because, you know, I started in 1999, so I’ve been doing it for so long, I’ll probably just go full-time into construction and just do primarily rentals, but it’s weird.

I feel like there’s two different directions that you go when you get released, there’s like, you kind of just like, you’re kind of fed up with the business and it kind of, WWE kind of really wears you down, or you just get motivated and excited to do some s*** that you haven’t been able to do for a while, and like Matt Cardona is a perfect example, I just spent a weekend with the man and it’s just really cool to see someone create a brand for themselves and you know, he did it even when he was in the WWE, but that dude hustles man and he’s an inspiration for someone like me that if you still want to go out and just create you know art, and create characters and be able to do promos and just come up with your own s*** and be creative, there’s so many different platforms and places to do it right now on the indies, it’s really cool to see.

Honestly, I thought I would retire, but I’ve been busier and wrestling more in the last three to four months than I did in NXT for the last two years prior to that which is cool. I guess it’s kind of reminded me why I got into the business, it’s cool man, it’s been really cool, I guess it’s not just work anymore for me, it’s why I got into it, you know what I’m saying?”

The full interview is available at this link.