The match on this year’s Wrestlemania card that will have the most level of intrigue will involve a Grammy Award winning international pop star.
That’s right, Bad Bunny will be appearing on Night 1 of the two-night event not as a musical guest but as an in-ring performer as he’ll be squaring up with WWE’s resident “A-List” superstar, The Miz.
So how the heck did we get here?
Why are they fighting?
Alright, so Bad Bunny, real name Benito Antonio Martinez Ocasio, has been a legitimate fan of professional wrestling his entire life and regularly sprinkles in references and shoutouts to his favorite wrestlers in his music. In January he released a new single called “Booker T” and the accompanying video, which currently has just under 100 million views, featuring the WWE Hall of Famer in it.
Capitalizing on the moment, WWE invited Bad Bunny to perform the song at the Royal Rumble. Later in the show Miz, who interacted with the pop sensation in a backstage segment earlier, destroyed his DJ’s turntable set while on his way to the ring for the Rumble match. And that prompted this exchange...
All signs immediately pointed to Miz working a Wrestlemania program with Bad Bunny, and while the WWE veteran would spend the next month occupied with cashing in his Money in the Bank and briefly holding the WWE Championship, Bad Bunny proved his appearance wasn’t just a one-off.
No, the pop superstar continued to show up on Raw every week, aligning himself with debuting Damian Priest from NXT and winning the WWE 24/7 championship, a belt that he brought with him to both Saturday Night Live and the Grammy’s. After that brief run, him and the Miz returned their sights towards each other in an escalating feud that’s included various attacks by both individuals and the Miz releasing a parody diss track with tag team partner John Morrison on Raw.
Real life perspective
Bad Bunny has already proven to be one of the best celebrity guests that the WWE has ever incorporated, mainly because he actually takes it seriously and looks like he’s legitimately having fun in his role.
He has reportedly been training for the match at the WWE Performance Center in Orlando so if he can pull off something spectacular with a future Hall of Famer like the Miz directing the match, it will garner worldwide publicity and attention for the WWE.