WWE fans were surprised by an unexpected change of plans during the recent Monday Night RAW episode in Chicago. Puerto Rican reggaeton star Bad Bunny, initially set to host the upcoming WWE Backlash event, announced he would no longer be hosting.
Instead, he is set to make his singles debut in a Street Fight against a former friend, Damian Priest. Before this announcement, it was speculated that Bad Bunny would be teaming up with Santos Escobar and 2023 WWE Hall of Famer Rey Mysterio to face off against The Judgment Day in a six-man tag team match.
However, the WWE Universe later heard that the game would feature Bad Bunny and Rey Mysterio taking on Damian Priest and Dominik Mysterio. Neither game was the final decision, as confirmed on Monday Night RAW.
Bad Bunny Saves Mysterio from Priest
The night's main event saw Rey Mysterio defeat Damian Priest via disqualification after Priest launched a steel chair at Mysterio's head.
As the match unfolded, Bad Bunny was shown driving toward the arena. Following the game's conclusion, Priest attacked Mysterio until Bad Bunny arrived to make the save, armed with a kendo stick. With the crowd firmly behind him, Bad Bunny unleashed a flurry of kendo stick shots on Priest, eventually sending him to the announce table.
The Priest attempted to counterattack, but Bad Bunny landed another shot to his knee, causing Priest to retreat through the timekeeper's area. The crowd roared as Bad Bunny stood atop the announcement table and announced his decision to drop hosting duties to face Priest in a Street Fight at Backlash.
Damian Priest, angered by the announcement, yelled threats back at Bad Bunny from the stage as RAW went off the air, leaving fans excited for their upcoming showdown.
The Backlash Street Fight will mark Bad Bunny's third official in-ring match with WWE. He previously teamed up with Damian Priest at WrestleMania 37 in 2021, where they defeated The Miz and John Morrison. Bad Bunny also participated in the 2022 Men's Royal Rumble Match.
In addition, he briefly held the WWE 24/7 Championship title in February 2021 after helping Priest defeat Akira Tozawa. Bad Bunny later relinquished the title to R-Truth out of respect and in exchange for some Stone Cold Steve Austin merchandise.
With the stage set for an intense Street Fight at Backlash, fans eagerly await the outcome of this heated rivalry between former friends turned adversaries.