Take team fight
Bad Bunny’s first WWE appearance had wrestling fans saying “who?” On his way into WrestleMania 37, he makes them say “wow!” Miz has been a huge help.
The way to WrestleMania 37
Pop culture is increasingly being shut down in the modern world, and wrestling fans are no exception. So when Spotify’s most streamed artist from 2020 was announced for Royal Rumble, much of the WWE universe made jokes. Even those who knew from his collaboration with Stone Cold and Booker T that Bunny was “one of us”
But as soon as he and Miz looked at each other sideways on January 31st, we all felt that maybe something was up.
A WrestleMania guest seat probably seemed from there, but not many expected Bad Bunny to show up most Mondays along the way. The Puerto Rican superstar was played for everything from playing manager of his kayfabe friend Damian Priest’s matches, to winning the 24/7 championship (which he eventually traded for a replica belt, leaving the stage undefeated), to cutting promotions and take bumps.
Throughout it, Miz was constant. WWE knew what they were doing by tapping A-Lists for this role. The Grand Slam champion is no stranger to the limelight and has no reluctance to play the fool if Vince McMahon asks him to. Miz is also a confident worker, someone the company could trust to protect the Grammy winner he works with and not get hurt himself and force them to call a ‘Mania audible. He is also easy to root for, which will help counteract any “part-time” setbacks Bunny may face.
Even without crowds, it turns out they did not really have to worry about it. The 27-year-old from Vega Baja’s love of business showed up (and if that was not the case, de Priest and others were ready to tell the press how hard he worked to earn the wardrobe’s respect and impress the audience).
It was never more clear than on Monday’s go home ‘show. After weeks of trading insults (and guitar shots), Miz & John Morrison jumped Bunny and dumped paint on his turn. Realizing that he could not handle the former Tag-champs alone, he hired Priest as a partner. And cut a hell of a promo … in his second language, no less!
Thus, Saturday’s match became a tag match. And a guy who loves this business wants three talented collaborators to help him create a moment on the biggest stage of them all.
What’s at stake
Uh, no matter how well done it has been or how much Bad Bunny is impressed, it’s still a ‘Mania-tag match with a celebrity. If it delivers on the build, everyone involved wins. If it does not, some naysayers will make jokes and we will all move on.
Bunny wins no matter what, because as he said, he has to live out his dream. If he does more than that, WWE is a big winner because media outlets around the world will show clips of a toast megastar appearing in a wrestling ring.
And The Awesome One will be right there, making sure it all comes together and making sure next time Vince needs a WrestleMania moment, he calls on The Miz.
Who will win the match?
The Miz & John Morrison
Bad Bunny & Damian Priest
168 votes in total