WWE WrestleMania and celebrity appearances go together like fish and chips. From WrestleMania 1’s use of the likes of Muhammad Ali and Cyndi Lauper to present day, it’s not Mania unless a figure from the broader spectrum of entertainment gets involved.
This weekend's WrestleMania 37 sees hip-hop star Bad Bunny finally lace up some boots and have a match, having been a presence on WWE TV throughout 2021. But ahead of his bout with Damian Priest against Miz & Morrison, Bad Bunny has been getting into ring shape with WWE’s Adam Pierce.
Scrap Iron recently spoke to Billboard about the process of getting San Benito ready for his big match, saying:
“I think it was intimidating for him, like it would be for any new prospect walking into the WWE Performance Center. I saw him looking around and marvelling at the pictures and ring, like ‘Man, this is real’ … I read somewhere that a backward fall onto a mat feels like a 30 mile-per-hour car crash. That first one, [Bunny’s] eyes got wide and his soul leaped out of his chest.
“When you take your first steps in any journey, you’re going to goof up. And that happened. I wanted to look him in the eye and see how he was going to react to that kind of thing. He’s competitive with himself. But he never quits. He always says, ‘Let’s do it again.’ He’s all in. You can’t teach that.”
After WrestleMania, could we see more of Bad Bunny in WWE?
“I don’t know. I don’t think this guy has a pause button. If he’s interested in continuing in sports entertainment, I can’t see any reason why we wouldn’t want to have him.” Said Pearce.