Grammy Award-winning artist Bad Bunny is set to make his in-ring debut at WWE's upcoming Backlash event in San Juan, Puerto Rico, where he will face off against Damian Priest in a street fight. This marks a change from the originally planned tag team match where Bunny was set to team up with Rey Mysterio to take on Priest and Dominik Mysterio.
According to a report from Fightful Select, the change in plans was due to Bunny and WWE feeling confident in his in-ring abilities to have a "good singles match." Fightful also revealed that the tag team match was originally intended to end with Bunny pinning Dominik Mysterio.
However, at WrestleMania 39, Bad Bunny served as a commentator during Rey Mysterio's match against Dominik and ended up interfering and helping Rey win. This made Bunny a target for Judgment Day, and on the April 3 episode of WWE Raw, Priest chokeslammed the rapper through the announce desk.
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Aside from the Bunny vs. Priest match, Backlash features a number of other big matches, including Cody Rhodes vs. Brock Lesnar, Bianca Belair defending the "Raw" Women's Championship against IYO Sky, Rhea Ripley defending the "SmackDown" Women's Championship against Zelina Vega, and WWE United States Champion Austin Theory defending his title against Bobby Lashley and Bronson Reed.
Bad Bunny's involvement in WWE has been met with positive reviews from both fans and critics alike. He has demonstrated a strong commitment to the craft and a willingness to learn and improve his in-ring skills. Bunny's presence has also helped to bring in a wider audience to WWE, showcasing the company's ability to attract mainstream talent and cross over into other entertainment industries.
The change in plans for Bunny's match at Backlash is not surprising, given his dedication to improving his skills in the ring. Bunny has been training with WWE Superstar and former WWE Universal Champion Drew McIntyre in preparation for his in-ring debut.
McIntyre praised Bunny's work ethic, saying he was "blown away" by the artist's commitment to learning and improving. Bad Bunny's involvement in WWE has also had a positive impact on the company's bottom line. His merchandise sales have been a huge success, with his "Bunnymania" shirt becoming the top-selling shirt on WWE Shop in April.
His appearance at WrestleMania 37 also helped to boost viewership, with the event drawing over 25 million viewers across all platforms. Overall, Bad Bunny's involvement in WWE has been a win-win situation for both the artist and the company.
He has brought in a wider audience and helped to showcase the company's ability to attract mainstream talent, while also demonstrating a strong commitment to improving his in-ring skills. The change in plans for his match at Backlash is just another example of his dedication to the craft and his willingness to take on new challenges in the world of professional wrestling.
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