WWE Hall of Famer Road Dogg, known for his time as a wrestler and a creative mind behind the scenes, has revealed his surprising inspiration for introducing the seven-second dance break during Carmella and R-Truth’s matches in 2018.
During this entertaining on-screen partnership, fans were treated to impromptu dance breaks in the middle of matches, much to the delight of the WWE Universe. Road Dogg, who was SmackDown’s lead writer at the time, recently shared his thoughts on this unique concept on his Oh You Didn’t Know? podcast.
Addressing those who may have criticized the dance breaks, Road Dogg questioned why fans were willing to embrace characters like AEW’s Orange Cassidy, known for his comedic wrestling style, while finding fault with the dancing duo. He emphasized that the seven-second dance break was an element of entertainment that added variety to the wrestling product.
The charismatic Orange Cassidy, whose wrestling style often includes slow-motion sequences and crowd-pleasing antics, has gained popularity for his unique approach to professional wrestling.
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“Honestly, if you don’t like it, you’re willing to buy Orange Cassidy but you’re not willing to buy that?” Road Dogg questioned. “You’re willing to suspend disbelief so far with these characters of today, but that was too far? ‘Oh, they just stopped in the middle of a match, a competitive match-up?”
Road Dogg also shed light on the origins of the WWE dance breaks, revealing that he was the mastermind behind the concept. He expressed his love for the idea, which added a touch of lighthearted fun to WWE programming. The dance breaks were not only entertaining for fans but also involved other WWE figures like Shane McMahon, Stephanie McMahon, and Vince McMahon during the 1,000th episode of SmackDown.
“It was my idea, of course,” Road Dogg revealed. “The dance break! There’s just secrets I cannot tell, but I loved the dance break. I loved Ronnie ‘The Truth’ Killings and I loved Carmella with him because I thought she was the perfect [partner], and they would just stop, ‘Dance break!’ How stupid is that? And then they just go back into the match! To me, it is [entertaining].”
This unique concept not only entertained fans but also played a pivotal role in the success of the Mixed Match Challenge tournament. In December 2018, Carmella and R-Truth claimed victory in the final by defeating Alicia Fox and Jinder Mahal.
Road Dogg’s comments shed light on the creativity and innovation that go into making WWE programming entertaining and engaging for fans, even if it involves a seven-second dance break in the middle of a wrestling match. It’s a testament to the diverse range of characters and storytelling that wrestling promotions strive to deliver.
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